The Old Saito Residence


This famous nationally designated property was the guest house of a wealthy industrialist, illustrating the prosperity of Niigata and its industry

This grand house was built in 1918 as a family villa by Kijuro Saito IV, a scion of the Saito family, which was one of Niigata’s three wealthiest industrialist families. The strolling garden, which makes best use of the sandy terrain, and the open and airy architecture of the building, which is said to be an excellent example of modern Japanese design, are cultural asserts that speak of the prosperity of Niigata in the 1910s and 1920s when it was a booming port and commercial city. The residence is also designated as a national scenic spot.
In autumn the contrasting colours of the green pine trees and red Japanese maple leaves bring the garden to life, which is also illuminated during the autumn season to show the garden and its autumn foliage to best advantage.

General Information

DirectionsBus from Bandai Exit of JR Niigata Station, get off at “Hoppo Bunka Hakubutsukan Niigata Bunkanmae"" and walk for 1 minutes
10 to 15 minutes by taxi from Bandai Exit of JR Niigata Station
Car ParkNo car park, but the No. 2 car park of Niigata City Art Museum is available (free).
Opening TimesApril-September 9:30-18:00
October-March 9:30-17:00
PricesAdults 300 yen (groups 240 yen)
Elementary and junior high school students 100 yen (groups 80 yen)


Telephone Number025-210-8350