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Ippakutei Teahouse and Old Japanese Ambassador's Residence

  • Old Japanese Ambassador's Residence 2516 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Ippakutei Teahouse and Old Ambassador's Residence

Special Event

Friday, June 12 (Rescheduled)
Tours every 30 minutes
The Old Ambassador's Residence
2516 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

One of Washington's most spectacular historical houses, the former Residence of the Ambassador of Japan was built in 1931 and designed by the architectural firm Delano & Aldrich. Created in Neo-Gregorian style, the residence is characterized by a sense of modesty, proportion, symmetry, and balance. The building's reflection of the dignified atmosphere of NW Massachusetts Ave made it the perfect contender when it was designated a historical landmark in 1972.

Just a short walk away, hidden on the grounds of the Embassy of Japan, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore an authentic Japanese teahouse named Ippakutei, meaning the "Teahouse of 100 Years." Designed by architect Nahiko Emori and considered the greatest of its kind outside of Japan, it was built in 1960 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Japan-US Treaty of Amity and Commerce.

These buildings are only open to the public once or twice a year, so come take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy these unique architectural landmarks!

Guided tours will take place every 30 minutes. Participants will learn about the history and cultural tradition of each building, including their architectural impact.

※Please note parking is not available at the Old Ambassador's Residence. Also, only guests with a valid photo I.D. will be permitted to enter.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Doors open at 12:45pm. No admission or re-entry after 3:30pm.