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“A very interesting museum about the Togukawa family”

The Tokugawa Museum
Ranked #56 of 137 things to do in Mito
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

A highly interesting museum which gives you a great overview on artefacts from the Tokugawa family. This family ruled Japan for over two and a half centuries and possessed many great objects of art of which many are displaced in this small museum. It's just a great pity that there is no English indication/translation whatsoever so it would be wise to inform yourself on the Tokugawa Shoguns before coming to this very worthwhile museum.

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Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Though I read other disappointing reviews, I thought that there may be a possibility that my friends and I may enjoy the museum anyway. We walked quite a distance from Kairakuen Park in the rain, paid our 1,100¥, and couldn't understand any of the exhibits. It would have been helpful to have general information brochures in various languages. If you cannot read Japanese, I would recommend that you save your money. We were in and out of the museum in about 15 minutes.

3  Thank willtravel777
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Right across the JR Joban Line from the Kairaku-en, one of the three most famous landscape gardens in Japan, the museum is located on a hill surrounded by greenery. The large and beautiful lawn garden of the museum looks like the one of a celebrity summer residence and has a charming atmosphere.
In the past (1665), Tokugawa Mitsukuni, the second domain lord of Mito Domain (also known as Mito Komon), built a modest pavilion, Kochin-tei, right here when he was 37 years old, after four years of his accession to the domain lord. It is said that here he learned from Shu Shunsui, a great Confucian of Ming Dynasty, who had been invited to Japan by Mitsukuni, and enjoyed poetry and tea ceremony with his close litterateurs between his jobs as a domain lord.
Being located in this time-honored place, The Tokugawa Museum established as a public interest incorporated foundation by the Mito Tokugawa Family displays various kinds of precious and interesting articles, such as Tokugawa Ieyasu’s relics come down to the Mito Tokugawa Family, armor of domain lords, the famous pillbox for the movie of “Mito Komon,” and materials to compile them into a book of “Dai Nihonshi” or the Great History of Japan, which was initiated by Tokugawa Mitsukuni.
Furthermore, not being scattered fortunately we can see them right here at this historical place. It’s the characteristics of this unique private museum.
Actually, it’s difficult to find out a museum whose outer wall has a family crest of hollyhock or Aoi-no-Mon, isn’t it ?

Across the beautiful lawn garden, there is a cafeterras with a positive atmosphere and you can enjoy drinks and lunch here. It’s the perfect place to take a rest after a few hours looking around the museum.

I could enjoy the precious time in this cozy atmosphere of the Tokugawa Museum, just like transported back in time to the Edo Period.

Access : 10 min. by car or 20 min. by bus from JR Mito station.
Open : 10:00 to 16:00. Closed on Mondays (except holidays).
Admission fee High school students and above : 1,155 Yen 
Elementary and junior high school students : 840 Yen
Information : The Tokugawa Museum TEL 029-241-2721

3  Thank ascot63
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

I agree with the Japanese review entitled "disappointing". We spent less than 15 minutes in this museum, and even that was stretched out because we didn't want to disappoint the two very sweet staff who had NO OTHER VISITORS while we were there. No English signage or brochures. Some nice pieces on display, but not particularly interesting. The most complicated family tree I've ever seen -- all in Japanese -- but little else to give you a feel for the history involved. This is clearly targeting Japanese visitors who learned the basics back in school.

7  Thank DRudd88
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