A vast pine forest lies along a seacoast facing Suruga Bey, south of Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The important people in the political and business worlds built villas in this ideal place to spend the winter comfortably, from the middle of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. This Imperial Villa was also built here in 1893, for the then Crown Prince who is known as the Emperor Taisho, the great-grandfather of the present Emperor. The Emperor Showa "Hirohito", the son of the Emperor Taisho, lived here in his infancy, so he frequented here even after his enthronement. The main building was unfortunately destroyed by air raids during the Second World War. In 1970, it was converted into Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park, where the two surviving buildings, Japanese gardens and pine forest are worth appreciating.
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