Tokugawa Art Museum

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1017 Tokugawa-cho, Nagoya, Japan

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ellechic ellechic
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Tokugawa Art Museum Aug 06, 2011
The Tokugawa Art Museum is a privately-endowed museum by the Tokugawa family.

The collections primarily display the history of the Tokugawa shogunate, especially the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. It houses most of the Tokugawa family heirlooms and boast numerous objects designated as national treasures and important cultural properties.

There were so many pretty stuff I wanted to take a picture, but, alas, no photos are allowed in the museum. It is also a very formal museum, ALMOST if not ALL of the exhibits are in glass cases.


From collections of art, weaponry, daily living items, documents, and fashion of the Tokugawa family, can be seen in this museum, organized in different exhibits as part of the permanent collection. It gives great insight on how the Tokugawa ruling family live as they became one of the most powerful shogunate in the Japan. The great thing about this museum is the amazing quality and condition of the pieces found in the collection!


I found the admission fee pricey 1200yen (~US$12-14) for an adult. But because we have the Nagoya Meguru Loop Bus Day Pass, we got a discounted price (I think it was 150-200yen off). For 200yen more of the admission fee, you can check out the Housa Library and the tea rooms.

The Housa Library houses thousands of volumes of documents and personal collection of Takugawa Ieyasu and old Japanese books, maps, and foreign books.

Transportation via the Nagoya Sightseeing Merguru Loop Bus with the ALL Day Pass (500yen) drops you off infront of the museum. It is also accessible via the City Bus.
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ys484 ys484
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A feudal lord's museum Apr 19, 2008
In the Edo period, the Tokugawa family had ruled Japan for 265 years. Owari Tokugawa family was a relative of Tokugawa shogun. In the center of Nagoya they had a large residence and a garden. Their descendant established a private museum on the premises in 1935. This area is an upper-class residential area in Nagoya. We can see a lot of household utensils left by feudal lords. Especially their dolls at the Dolls' festival in early spring are worth seeing. Tokugawa family had foresight and preserved their heirloom so early, so they didn't lost them during and after war. Tokugawaen is a beautiful Japanese garden located next to this Tokugawa Art Museum. Using the Nagoya Sightseeing Loop Bus, you can come to The Tokugawa Art Museum and Tokugawaen with an one-day ticket. The bus fare is 500 yen. Garden Restaurant Tokugawaen is a nice restaurant with a fine view.
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westwind57 says:
Great! Have a nice weekend Yuiko!
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