We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tokugawa Art Museum

1017 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
+81 52-935-6262
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 113 Attractions in Nagoya
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
18 visitor photos
Write a Review

110 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Cebu Island, Philippines
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

One of the museums that will prove how rich Japan culture is. I think it's a little pricey at 800yen per head but it's ok. A nice break from all the temples we've seen. But you can actually skip this and not miss much.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

I came with great expectations of seeing the close to original work of Genji Monogatari but all I saw was a printed copy of the real thing and only bits of 1 chapter and not even the parts of the other fragments . The write up on most of the exhibits were in Japanese; example 1 long para about the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newcastle, Australia
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

This was a nice mix of history and the traditional gardens. The peonies were in full bloom so the gardens were full of enthusiastic photographers and even a few sketch artists. Watching the pre school kids feed the Koi was interesting in itself. The museum was mostly swords and armour with some artifacts and lots of books and animated pieces.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
82 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We were disappointed by the range of items displayed. Perhaps we had high expectations hence the let down. But really, one can see more armor suits, Noh masks and other stuff on display in other places eg a good castle's museum. We were in and out in less than an hour. Skip this and spend your time elsewhere.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
39 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The tiny special exhibition was long queue to see and it wasted time. They should have thought about it better. Museum curators tend not to have the view of such things and just exhibit objects and it was one of such bad examples.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

It is the resting place for treasures belonging to the Owari Tokugawa family, whom the 1st Daimyo is Yoshinao Tokugawa (9th son of Tokugawa Ieyasu). The first thing that greets you will be the beautiful armor belonging to the Daimyo seated grandly on his stool, and surrounded by the wonderful swords of the era. Some dating back to the Kamakura... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

An interesting portrait of the time period. Cool swords, armor, and examples of calligraphy. Personally, I thought the old landscape photography was a little boring, but maybe different strokes for different folks.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

As the name says, artifacts are related only to Tokugawa's period/family. Do not expect to find a large collection of artifacts covering a large period.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is a museum that really makes you want learn Japanese so that you can read in detail the old relics on display.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Personally, I thought the museum was great especially if you like looking at historical artefacts, swords, kimonos, and old stuff. There is a lot to look at. Also, the Japanese style garden right beside the museum is pretty nice too. There is even a restaurant where you can sit overlooking the view of the gardens. If you come during spring... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Tokugawa Art Museum also viewed

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Been to Tokugawa Art Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Tokugawa Art Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing