The Tokugawa Art Museum is truly unique, in that it is a privately owned establishment and a bastion to the Tokugawa name. It houses treasures from when Tokugawa Ieyasu united Japan and became its Shogun.
The museum holds more than 10,000 historical exhibits, many focusing on the feudal wars of Japan. One of its most impressive and popular attractions is the world's largest collection of Samurai Swords and Armor, some of which are said to have been used in battle by the great Tokugawa Ieyasu himself. Anyone with even a fleeting interest in Samurai will no doubt love the varied collection, and seeing weapons from Japan's bloody history is both awing and shocking.
Outside the museum is the traditional Japanese garden, which has a large pond filled with colourful koi carp which you can feed with small cups of food sold. There is also a small waterfall, beautiful bridges and paths winding through lush greenery. It is possibly the best garden in Nagoya and is so peaceful you may forget you are still in one of Japan's largest cities.
Whether you are interested in Japanese history or traditional gardens, the Tokugawa Art Museum is a spot you can't afford to miss while visiting Nagoya.
- 461-0023 Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, Higashi Ward, Tokugawacho, 1017
- 10-minute walk from Morishita Station on the Meitestu Seto Line, or 15-minute from Ozone Station (JR, Subway and Meitestu)