Seisonkaku whose previous name "Tatsumigoten" was built for wives of the Maeda family.
In 1863, the 13th Maeda lord, Nariyasu, had the villa built for his mother, Takako, so she could enjoy views of Kenrokuen.
He had this modest and elegant space built to show his affection for his mother.
Ekken-no-ma(Formal guest chamber)
The “Ekken-no-ma” was a formal guest chamber in the “buke-shoin” style used for official meetings.
Above the raised floor is a transom bordered with bird and flower designs. And this floor is an example of traditional Japanese residential architecture.
Tsukushi-no-en-teien(Garden of Horsetails)
The Garden of Horsetails is expansive.
Designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty, it is noted for its black pines, Japanese white pines, maples, and red-blossomed plum trees, as well as for narrow, meandering streams that flow gently between them.
Although the streams from the Garden of Horsetails flow through the Rhodea Garden, which faces the bedroom, the Rhodea Garden's appearance is completely different.
The streams here become deeper, and their gentle flow has been devised ingeniously to fill the air with the sound of water, evoking a hidden arbor deep in a mountain valley.
Gunjō-no-ma and Shoken-no-ma(Ultramarine Room and Reading room)
As contrasted with the formal rooms downstairs, the upstairs rooms are characterized by more colorful designs.
In the Ultramarine Room, vermillion walls extend from the ultramarine ceiling, creating a brilliantly colored room.
And Next to this room is the “Shoken-no-ma,” another colorful room, which has a pair of katōmado (lantern-shaped windows) designed for reading.
Ajiro-no-ma and Ecchu-no-maWickerwork Room and Toyama Room)
The "Wickerwork Room" and adjoining "Toyama Room" have ceilings made in a wickerwork style. Within the limited space of these rooms, this ingeniously executed design stands out.
Seiko Shoin, Seiko-ken and Hikaku-tei(Reading Room, Tearoom and Flying Crane Garden)
Seison-kaku, a national important cultural property, presents the elegant culture of the wives of the Maeda lords , which features colorful, artistic designs of flowers and birds. Seiko-shoin, Seiko-ken and Hikaku-tei garden, which are not normally open in the public, are open only during the limited period.