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  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden

The sumptuous wealth of a military clan once more powerful than the Emperor himself, which ruled Japan for more than 250 years!

A must see for all tourists! Located on an area that once was the retirement villa of the Lords of Owari, this utterly important facility houses a magnificent and meticulously maintained collection of over 12,000 hereditary heirlooms of the Owari Tokugawa clan, lords of Nagoya Castle.

The Fabulous Treasures of The Tokugawa

The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden

The museum collection contains swords and other weapons, suits of samurai armor, tea ceremony utensils and ceramics, art and calligraphy, Noh costumes and masks, furnishings and a whole lot more. Among the most valued items are the National Treasure listed, and therefore rarely displayed, Genji Monogatari Emaki, three Heian Period hand-painted scrolls depicting the Tale of Genji, dating from the 1130s.

The museum also boasts 9 Designated National Treasure items, 59 Important Cultural Properties, and 46 Important Art Objects. The array of gorgeous artifacts on display changes regularly, and fascinating special exhibitions keep the crowds returning for more.

The adjoining Hosa Library contains over 110,000 books, scrolls and other literature belonging to the Owari Tokugawa clan, 3,000 of which were presented to the first lord, Yoshinao, by his father and shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Indulge in the opulence, the beauty and the luxury enjoyed by the ruling Tokugawa clan, and the treasures they have preserved for all to see.

Nature’s treasure, Tokugawaen Garden

An oasis of green in the middle of Nagoya City, the Tokugawaen Garden is a bona fide exemplar of a traditional Japanese garden. Conceived to please the demanding generals of old, it is expansive, well-maintained and exquisitely designed. Flowers and plants of each season make the place an enjoyable experience all year long and the air is natural, yet sophisticated and uplifting. A mechanism was invented causing the waterfall to suddenly surge and flood the stepping-stones once one had completely crossed the small stream. The feudal lords invited to the garden parties of old found this feat of engineering both surprising and enjoyable. The Ryumon No Taki waterfall was actually brought from the former Owari Tokugawa residence in Edo, now the grounds of Tokyo’s Waseda University, in 1998, and has been faithfully restored. Another beautiful waterfall within the evergreen forest is the six-meter high, three tiered Ozone-no-taki waterfall which has given its name to the local district, Ozone.

  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden

Overlooking the impressive central lake is the Kansero, a restaurant, auditorium and store complex which provides visitors with a place to relax, enjoy a meal and appreciate some of the best views of the garden landscape. The Tea Ceremony can also be enjoyed for a separate fee in the elegant Zuiryutei Teahouse overlooking the central lake.

  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden

They live among us!

Tourists would be relieved to know that, despite the dramatic conclusion of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, by means of the Last Shogun's Resignation, the family descendants, although diminished in power and wealth, still walk among us, leading simple lives. In fact, this unique museum's existence is owed to the clever foresight of one of them, for instead of just sitting and waiting for the remaining fortune to be defiled and taken away, he decided it was best to donate everything to the municipality in Nagoya-city. And for that we, as well as the Japanese people, are very grateful.

SPOT OVERVIEW

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Location : 〒461-0023
1017 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-Ward, Nagoya-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : •The Tokugawa Art Museum: Adults 1,400 yen; University and Senior High School students 700 yen; Junior High and Elementary School students 500 yen
*: Groups of 20 guests or more eligible for 200 yen discount (regular tickets) or 100 yen (other tickets).
*: Admission free of charge for Senior High, Junior High and Elementary School students every Saturday.
*: Fees subject to changes during special events or exhibits. Should accuracy be critical please verify with direct sources.
•Tokugawaen Garden: Senior High school students and older 300 yen
*: Common passes for The Tokugawa Art Museum, Hosa Library, Tokugawaen Garden, Nagoya Castle and Shirotori Garden also available, please inquiry at the entrance.
Opening
days / hours
: The Tokugawa Art Museum: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last admission 4:30 PM
Tokugawaen Garden: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (last admission 5:00 PM)
*: Opening hours may vary due to events, etc.
Place : The Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawaen Garden
Parking : •The Tokugawa Art Museum parking lot: Available, free of charge (cap. approx. 17 cars, 9:45 AM to 5:30 PM).
•Tokugawaen Garden: Available, paid (Nagoya City Paid Parking Lot - cap. approx. 82 cars (120 yen/30min) and 8 buses (1st hour 500 yen increasing 500 yen every 30min)(cars 9:15 AM to 6:00 PM, buses 9:15 AM to 5:00 PM).
*: No parking fee discounts available.
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : Monday (opens Monday if it coincides with a holiday or postponed holiday and closes the next weekday), December 15th to January 3rd.
Phone number : TEL:052-935-6262
FAX:052-935-6261
Approximate time for sightseeing (The Tokugawa Art Museum) : 1 hour

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    •8min southwards walk from South Exit of Ozone Station of the JR Chuo Main Line.
    •10min southwards walk from Exit 3 of Ozone Station of the Meitetsu Seto Line.
    •8min southeastwards walk from Morishita Station of the Meitetsu Seto Line.
    •From Nagoya Station Bus Terminal, Platform 11, take the Nagoya Me-Guru Sightseeing Bus to the 4th Stop - Tokugawaen Garden, The Tokugawa Art Museum, Hosa Library (approx. 36min ride).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 20min southwards from Kusunoki I.C. of the Nagoya-Daini-Kanjo (Mei-Nikan) Expressway via Route 41.

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