The Literature Museum is a small museum in Kamakura that contains material about writers that were active in the city of Kamakura itself. The plaque in fron of the villa says:
Kamakura Museum of Literature (a villa of the old, noble Maeda family)
The house was erected in 1936 by Toshinari Maeda (前田利為), the 16th head of the Maeda family, (part of the Kaga clan). It stands half way up a hill in Kamakura, overlooking Sagami Bay. It represents the villa architecture of those days. Eisaku Sato, a former Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, once made use of it as his villa. In also appeared in a scene from "Spring Snow", a novel by Yukio Mishima, a well-known novelist. It opened the public as Kamakura Museum of Literature in November 1985. The Main Building of kamakura Museum of Literature was registered as a National Registered Tangible Property in April 2000.