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Updated: April 2, 2018
This Spanish colonial style building feels worlds away from the nearby neon lights of Shinjuku. Built in 1927, Ogasawara Hakushaku Tei was once the residence of Count Nagayoshi Ogasawara, a member of one of Japan's most influential samurai families. Today the residence is occupied by the modern-style Spanish restaurant, Ogasawaratei, one of Michelin starred Spanish restaurants in Tokyo.
The area is also home to a café and regularly hosts weddings and private parties throughout the year. If you do want to visit, the exterior of the residence is open for observation for free, but to get a look inside you’ll have to be a restaurant patron.
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