Shizuoka City is located about an hour Shinkansen ride from both Tokyo and Nagoya. During Edo Period, this region prospered around Sunpu Castle as the center on Tokaido Road. Tokugawa Family had strong associations with this castle town.
The first shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, spent his early life and late life in Shizuoka. And the last shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, also spent about 20 years of his life in Shizuoka, including the time when he was under house arrest after defeat in the Boshin War, the Japanese Revolution.
Yoshinobu was 31 years old when he moved to Shizuoka. He spent his days immersed in many of his interests such as photography, hunting, net fishing, playing go and recital of Noh performances.
He often went out for a photo shoot and hunting. He has been called “Mr. Keiki,” the Chinese reading of his name, by Shizuoka Citizens as a term of endearment.
The house where Yoshinobu resided has become the Japanese-style restaurant “Fugetsuro.”
・Shizuoka’s best Japanese garden is located in 5 minutes walking distance of JR Shizuoka Station
Fugetsuro is situated close to downtown Shizuoka City. Unlike the bustle of the neighborhood, Fugetsuro is surrounded in silence. Fugetsuro was originally a house of magistrate where Yoshinobu renovated and lived for 20 years after he returned the political power to the Emperor.
To create the circuit style garden on a premise, Yoshinobu brought in Jihei Ogawa VII, the famous gardener of Kyoto who created gardens at Heian Shrine. Yoshinobu had quiet time as he looked out into this beautiful garden. However, he decided to move to the other quieter area of the city before railroading of Tokaido Line was completed.
Unfortunately, the original building was destroyed by fire. Only the garden and portion of the building are left in present day.
Reconstructed building has become the Japanese-style restaurant called Fugetsuro. Many Shizuoka citizens have a fascination with feasting themselves in Fugetsuro as they look on vast garden that covers an area of over 6,500 square meters.
・Enjoy exquisite kaiseki in Fugetsuro!
Traditional Japanese restaurant and historical Japanese garden – do you think it is out of your league? Do not worry. In Ukidono, the dining area of Fugetsuro, diners can enjoy kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese dish) of the season lightheartedly.
Each dish of kaiseki is carefully prepared and beautifully arranged to express the seasons. It is not just a tasty meal, but also a pleasure to the eye. Sake sommelier helps you choosing best drink to match dishes or mood, from more than 100 different kinds of local sakes made in Shizuoka region.
Give thought to the last shogun in the changing world in the view of sophisticated garden. You may sense the fusion of the Japanese beauty in modern times and present times.
Name: Fugetsuro, the remain of Yoshinobu Tokugawa’s residence
Address: 11-1 Koyamachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
Open: 11:00 to 13:30 / 17:00 to 19:00
Opens for seven days a week
Via: Official Shizuoka City Tourism Website “City of Paradise” / Fugetsuro, Yoshinobu Tokugawa’s residence
Directions to Fugetsuro:
・By public transportation – Walk about 5 minutes from JR Shizuoka Station Shinkansen or Tokaido Main Line.
・By car – 15 minutes from Shizuoka Exit on Tomei Expressway or 20 minutes from Shin-Shizuoka Exit on Shin-Tomei Expressway.