割烹 松本館

Kappo Matsumoto-kan




明治23(1890)年創業の老舗料亭『割烹 松本館』が、昭和10(1935)年頃に建て替えた木造の料亭建築。東京の目黒雅叙園に感銘を受けた2代目当主が、松本にも賓客をもてなす施設を作りたいと、松本出身の彫刻家太田南海に設計監修を依頼した。何度か火事に遭い新館部分は改修されているが、建築当時は松本城に向かって入口があり、ロータリーを設けた石造りの洋館風の佇まいだったという。



Kappo Matsumoto-kan

Year of construction: 1935 (Showa 10)
Architect: Nankai Ota
Builder: Unknown
[National Tangible Cultural Property] [Matsumoto City Modern Heritage]

A wooden restaurant building that was rebuilt around 1935 by the long-established restaurant “Kappo Matsumoto-kan” founded in 1890. Impressed by Meguro Gajoen in Tokyo, the second generation owner wanted to create a facility to entertain guests in Matsumoto as well, and asked Nankai Ota, a sculptor from Matsumoto, to supervise the design. The new building has been renovated due to several fires, but at the time of construction, the entrance was facing Matsumoto Castle and had a stone Western-style appearance with a roundabout.

The “Phoenix Room” on the second floor of the old building is 99 tatami mats  and was set up for wedding receptions and other celebratory occasions. It took more than four years to complete the project. Every corner of the room is decorated with gorgeous ornaments, making Matsumoto’s banquets more exciting. There are six private rooms downstairs, each with a different flavor, and the “Grape Room” is said to have been entirely designed by Nankai. Grapes, a specialty of Matsumoto, are used throughout, and the subdued colors create a relaxing atmosphere. In the annex building, which is connected to the main building via a corridor, there is a hand-washing station that resembles an octagonal hall facing the garden. The red-painted shafts and the balustrade on the upper part of the wall are finished in Chinese style, and it is said that the idea was to create a novel and prestigious space for a special occasion.

In 2004, the old building and the washroom were designated as Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan. In 2016, it was registered as a Matsumoto City World Heritage Site.

割烹 松本館