Continuation of the Umineko pilgrimage posts. This time we’ll peek into Kyuu Maeda House, which has served as a model for the mansion, the main house, on Rokkenjima. Kyuu Maeda House was actually used also in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, where it became the residence of Kashiwazaki family. However, I went there before Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai aired. Kyuu Maeda House is open every weekday except holidays and the entrance is free. It is a beautiful piece of western architecture and the atmosphere of the place is very tranquil, so it is a great place to hide away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you like western architecture, happen to be around and have a spare half an hour, you should definitely go have a look at Kyuu Maeda House.
The directions time. It’s really easy to get to Kyuu Maeda House. If you want to save as much of your physical energy as possible, go to Shibuya Station, transfer to Keiou Inokashira Line, and get off at Komabatoudaimae Station. If you don’t mind walking a bit, get off at Shibuya Station and pass by 109 shopping mall while keeping right. You’ll reach a huge Tokyu store at the first traffic light. Turn left and go straight forward until you reach a large road called Yamate-doori. Turn right, go straight forward and keep left at the place where the road forks. Pass by the University of Tokyo, turn left once you pass by a gas station, take the second right after that, and you will find yourself at the grounds of Kyuu Maeda House. But remember to take a map with you.
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