Italian Embassy Villa Memorial Park

Around Tokyo

The former summer residence of Italy's ambassadors (from 1928 to 1997) has a pleasant sun terrace with excellent views across Chūzen-ji lake. Walking here from the bus station takes around 25 minutes.

Nearby is the similar British Embassy Memorial Park, originally the lakeside residence of a British diplomat. Here you can have tea and scones.

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