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About the Museum

Museum Concept

Museum Concept

Learn about Shizuoka’s past, get to know its present...
And contemplate the future.

Recognizing that our city exists as it does today due to the accumulated history of our forebears, the Shizuoka City Museum of History aims to communicate the value and appeal of Shizuoka’s unique historical and cultural resources, and establish “Ogosho Ieyasu and Sumpu” as the image of the city. By arousing admiration for Shizuoka City among visitors, serving as a nucleus for its historic sites, and deepening the love and pride of its citizens towards their home town, the museum will become a center of life and activity in the city, and play a role in counteracting population decline. As a base for developing a city of history and culture, the museum will also contribute to the realization of Shizuoka as a “City of World Standards”, and create a new future for the city alongside its citizens.

Facility Overview

Name:
Shizuoka City Museum of History
Address:
4-16 Ote-machi, Aoi-ward, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka 〒420-0853
TEL
054-204-1005
Open Hours
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
(admission to exhibition rooms until 30 minutes before closing time)
Closed Days
Mondays
(If Monday is a public holiday, the museum will be open Monday and closed the next normal weekday), New Year’ s holidays (December 29th – January 3rd)
*Occasionally closed for exhibition changes, occasionally opened for events.

Using the Facilities

Guide to Exhibitions

The Shizuoka City Museum of History has introduced a date and time reservation system
(online reservations)
for viewing exhibitions, in order to reduce congestion.

Before visiting the museum, please make a reservation for a date and time
to view the exhibitions using the online reservation site below.

  1. Same-day time slots are available for people who have difficulty making online reservations.
    However, due to the limited number of slots, visitors may be asked to wait for an open time slot,
    or same-day admission may not be possible
  2. In addition to reserving a viewing date and time, you can also purchase admission tickets online.
    Please check details on the reservation website.
  3. You must make a reservation for a date and time to view the exhibitions even if your admission price
    is free or you have an invitation ticket.
  4. Reservations are not required to enter only the 1st floor.
    However, admission may be restricted in order to manage the number of people inside.

Admission date and time reservations (online reservations)

Admission fees

Admission is“free”to the 1st floor only.

Admission to the exhibition rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors
will be charged as follows.

Permanent Exhibitions

Category Amount
Individual Adult ¥600 (¥500)
Senior high school and university students, and Shizuoka City residents aged 70 or older ¥420 (¥350)
Elementary and junior high school students ¥150 (¥120)
Pre-school students (not yet enrolled in elementary school) Free
Category Amount
Groups (20 people or more)
*Per person
Adult ¥480
Senior high school and university students, and Shizuoka City residents aged 70 or older ¥330
Elementary and junior high school students ¥120
Pre-school students (not yet enrolled in elementary school) Free

Remarks

  1. “Adult” refers to everyone other than preschool students, elementary / junior high school students, senior high school / university students, and people who live in Shizuoka City residents aged 70 or older.
  2. If you present the ticket stub of a “Sumpu Castle Park Higashi Gomon & Tatsumi Yagura, Hitsujisaru Yagura, and Momijiyama Garden” combined ticket,you can use the museum for the prices shown in parentheses.
  3. Visitors in categories other than “Adult” should present identification that shows their affiliation, address, or age, such as a student handbook, student ID card, or Silver Card.
  4. Elementary and junior high school students who live or attend school in Shizuoka City can show their “Shizuoka City Kid’s Card” to use the museum for free.
  5. Elementary school students who show their “Shizuoka Museum Passport” can use the museum for free.
  6. People who have a physical disability certificate, medical rehabilitation handbook, or mental disability certificate, along with one companion each, may use the exhibition rooms for free. Please present your physical disability certificate, etc. (Copies are not accepted.)
  7. Please contact the museum to inquire about other exemptions.

Special Exhibitions

Fees for special exhibitions vary for each special exhibition.
*With a special exhibition ticket, you can also view the permanent exhibitions.

Requests regarding use of the museum

One of the important roles of this museum is to carefully preserve
exhibition items and pass them on to future generations.
We appreciate your cooperation in preserving important exhibition items.

not touch

Please do not touch any exhibition items or exhibition cases.

not shoot

Photography is prohibited inside exhibition rooms, except for certain areas. Please check the signs in the museum for locations where you can take photographs.

not eat

In order to prevent insects and mold due to spilled food and drinks, it is generally prohibited to carry or consume food and drinks (including candy and gum) in the museum. However, eating and drinking is allowed in the designated area.

not sweat

If you bring in plastic bottles or other containers, please make sure to put them in a plastic bag or the like. Also, make sure to put wet folding umbrellas and rain coats in plastic bags.

not umbrella

Please refrain from carrying umbrellas inside the museum. Please put umbrellas, including parasols, in the umbrella stand.

not run

Please refrain from behavior that may disturb other guests, such as running or speaking loudly. Please be especially careful if you are wearing geta (wooden sandals), high heels, or other footwear that tends to make noise. Please be considerate of the volume when using exhibition audio guides.

not smoke

Smoking is strictly prohibited on the museum premises, including outdoors. Please refrain from smoking.

not animal

Please refrain from brining pets inside the museum. *Guide dogs, service dogs, and hearing dogs are permitted inside the museum.

not flower

Please refrain from bringing in plants (fresh flowers, vegetables, etc.), dangerous objects, or open flames.

not phone

Please turn off your mobile phone or set it to silent mode. Please refrain from making phone calls or sending text messages in exhibition rooms.

not memo

Please refrain from using writing implements other than pencils in the exhibition rooms, as they may stain exhibition items.

reserved

Visit reservations

Please make reservations in advance if you wish to view the exhibition rooms (2nd to 3rd floors).

Please follow any other instructions from staff.

We kindly ask for your cooperation
so that everyone can use the museum in comfort.

Access

Using JR
(Tokaido Shinkansen and
Tokaido Line trains)
From Shizuoka Station North Exit,
  • Ride the Sumpu Roman Bus (from No. 10 bus stop), and get off at “Higashi Gomon” bus stop
  • Ride the Shizutetsu Just Line Bus, get off at “Kencho / Shizuoka-shiyakusho Aoi-kuyakusho” bus stop, and walk 6 minutes
  • About 10 minutes by taxi
  • About 15 minutes walk
When using Shizuoka Railway
(On the Shizuoka-Shimizu Line)
Walk about 8 minutes from Shin-Shizuoka Station
When using
Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport
From Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport
Ride the Shizutetsu Just Line Bus Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport Shizuoka Line, get off at “Shin-Shizuoka” bus stop, and walk 8 minutes

4-16 Ote-machi, Aoi-ward, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka 〒420-0853

Floor Map

3F
2F
1F

Permanent Exhibition

1st Floor

“Historical Experience Exhibition”
where you can experience the “breadth”
and “history” of Shizuoka City

This exhibition introduces historical sites throughout Shizuoka City
by linking “places” and “things” (materials).

Remains of the “Roadway and Stone Wall
at the end of the Sengoku Period (1467 – 1590)”
Exhibits the remains of the road
from Tokugawa Ieyasu’s time, unaltered since excavation

1階戦国時代末期の道と石垣

The structure of the town of Sumpu when it was first built was unknown until now, so this exhibition is a very precious relic, even on a national scale. The road is over 30 meters long. On both sides of the road stood stone walls of the same length. Apparently there were huge mansions on the either side of the walls One wonders what they might have looked like. This spot lets you imagine what it was like in the time of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Exhibition:
Share and experience the time and space of Shizuoka

1階ギャラリー

A map of Shizuoka is displayed on a large screen. It is made so that you can feel the vast expanse of Shizuoka.
Understand the depth of Shizuoka’s past through these distinctive historical materials.

2nd floor

Travel back in time to Sumpu 400 years ago!
“The ‘Capital’ Sumpu and the World”

Tokugawa Ieyasu came to Sumpu as an Ogosho (retired shogun), and held exchanges with envoys from around the world.
Here we introduce people who came to Sumpu and the precious treasures they brought with them.
Here you can see the state of Sumpu 400 years ago and the world that Tokugawa Ieyasu lived in.

The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu
Tracing the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who built the castle and town of Sumpu

2階家康の一生

Tokugawa Ieyasu spent 25 years, about one third of his 75 years of life, in Sumpu (Shizuoka) Here we trace the life and character of Tokugawa Ieyasu, to see what kind of person he was.

家康の花押

The kao (stylized signature) of Tokugawa Ieyasu

When issuing orders or sending letters, people of past eras either wrote their kao (stylized signature) or put their insho (personal stamp) on their documents. The style of kao changed over the years.

家康の肖像画

Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu (Image of Tosho Daigongen)

Many portraits and wooden statues were created to worship Ieyasu, who was enshrined as a deity after his death.

Sumpu, the Land that Raised Tokugawa Ieyasu
Learn about the greatness of the Imagawa Clan,
who ruled Sumpu and raised Tokugawa Ieyasu

2階家康を育んだ地駿府

The Imagawa Clan, who for generations wielded great power from Sumpu (Shizuoka), raised Tokugawa Ieyasu as a child. The culture cultivated by the Imagawa Clan still remains and has an impact on Shizuoka today.

桶狭間今川義元血戦

Color woodblock print of Imagawa Yoshimoto in battle at Okehazama

Here you can see Imagawa Yoshimoto, depicted as an armor-clad warlord, fighting bravely. One wonders what sort of person Yoshimoto was.

義元の花押

The kao (stylized signature) of Imagawa Yoshimoto

This was the kao used by Imagawa Yoshimoto. It is said that when Tokugawa Ieyasu (aka Motoyasu) was 17 to 19 years old, he used a kao similar to that of Yoshimoto.

3rd Floor

Learn about and experience the hustle and bustle
of the Tokaido Highway and Sumpu Castle Town.

At the beginning of the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), the Tokaido Highway established by Tokugawa Ieyasu was thronged with travelers and trade goods. This hustle and bustle brought rich lifestyle and culture to Sumpu, which was inhabited by samurai, townsfolk, and other classes of people.
In this exhibition you can learn about the layout of the town of Sumpu and how people lived in the Edo Period.

Sumpu and the Prestige of Tokugawa Ieyasu
Exploring the Tokaido Highway and Sumpu

3階家康の威光と駿府

Tokugawa Ieyasu developed the castle town of Sumpu (now Shizuoka City center) into a town with many inhabitants. Here we introduce people’ s lifestyles, businesses, and festivals. This area also introduces industries such as tea, as well as distribution centered on Shimizu Port.

東海道図屏風

Folding Screen featuring Tokaido Higiway (Macknzie version)

As peace came upon Japan, more people traveled along the Tokaido Highway, and the hustle and bustle of the Tokaido Highway from Edo (modern day Tokyo) to Kyoto was depicted in paintings and folding screens.

駿府城下町絵図

Map of Sumpu Castle Town

The names of the neighborhoods and roads written on the map still remain, showing how the structure of Sumpu Castle Town has been inherited by modern day Shizuoka City center.

Shizuoka Domain and the New Shizuoka
Japan’s modern era began in Shizuoka!

3階静岡藩と新生静岡

After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, many people from the former Tokugawa Shogunate moved to Sumpu, the Shizuoka Domain was established, and progressive initiatives were undertaken. Later on, Shizuoka City was established and the Tokaido was laid. This area also introduces the modern Port of Shimizu and tea.

昭和30年代の静岡市街地模型

“Model of downtown Shizuoka City in the 1950s”

This is a model of Shizuoka City in the 1950s. Take a look at the city as it was back then.

静岡藩御役人附

List of Officials in the Sumpu Domain

At the beginning of the Meiji Era, many talented personnel from the former shogunate moved to Shizuoka. This list of officials includes famous people such as the statesmen Katsu Kaishu and Maejima Hisoka.

Greetings from the Museum Director

静岡市歴史博物館 館長 中村 羊一郎
Director of the
Shizuoka City Museum of History
NAKAMURA Yoichiro

Welcome to the
Shizuoka City Museum of History

The Shizuoka City Museum of History is supported by the passion of the citizens of Shizuoka, and has three stated missions. The first mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit precious materials related to the history and culture of Shizuoka, and pass them on to future generations. The second mission is to become a base for sightseeing by promoting the charm of Shizuoka, a city rich in history and culture, both in Japan and abroad. The third mission to be a place of learning for children who will lead the coming era.

Here I will introduce the main exhibitions in the museum. First, walk up the ramp while looking down on the remains of the road from the end of the Sengoku Period, which were discovered by chance in the preliminary excavation for construction of the museum. Residents of Sumpu Castle Town, brought back to life as images, guide you through the world of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s diplomacy. You can see that Sumpu functioned much like Japan’s capital while Ieyasu was here as Ogosho (retired shogun). Next, there are precious ancient documents, along with two suits of armor which symbolize the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who conquered Japan in the Sengoku Period. This is the Ieyasu’s first suit given to Tokugawa Ieyasu by Imagawa Yoshimoto for his coming of age, and the supreme ruler’s suit (shida gusoku) Ieyasu wore in his later years. It took one of the best armor makers of modern times three years to restore this armor, and it is revived with the colors and brilliance of when it was worn by Tokugawa Ieyasu. On the folding screen depicting battle, you can see the magnificent figures of the military commanders. Next, you can see the entirety of the Imagawa Clan, Daimyo of the Sengoku period, reproduced with wooden statues of successive leaders and old documents. This is the only content in Japan that portrays the full image of the Imagawa clan, who built the foundations of modern-day Shizuoka and raised Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Moving up to the third floor, you can see the gorgeous Folding Screen featuring Tokaido Higiway (Macknzie version). It depicts in detail the scenery and people of the Tokaido road in the early Edo Period (1603 – 1868). This is followed by an introduction to the lifestyles of the townspeople of Sumpu in the Edo Period, and various local industries. In addition, you can see the development of the Port of Shimizu as an international trade port and the Shizuoka Domain, gathering place of the best minds who promoted the modernization of Meiji era (1868 – 1912) Japan. Hengaku (framed characters) written by Tokugawa Iesato lead you into the present day of Shizuoka. These masterful brushstrokes tell us to “understand the past and then contemplate the future” and speak to the very purpose of this history museum.

After viewing the exhibitions, take a break at the cafe while gazing out at Sumpu Castle’s Tatsumi Yagura (southeast turret). Then turn your attention to the architecture of the museum itself. It is the work of the world-class architectural unit, SANAA. Next, step out into town, where the various districts of Sumpu Castle Town still remain. We hope you make the most of this museum as a starting block for sightseeing in Shizuoka.

Architects

SANAA

SANAA

An architectural unit started by Sejima Kazuyo and Nishizawa Ryue.
Established in Tokyo in 1995.
Received numerous awards, including the Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize, and the 33rd Praemium Imperiale (Architecture Division) in 2022.
Their major works include the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Japan); Rolex Learning Center (Switzerland), the Louvre-Lens (France), and Shogin TACT Tsuruoka (Japan). Shizuoka City