See the art treasures of the Tokugawa Shogun and beautiful gardens in Nagoya
Nagoya, once ruled by the Owari branch of the Tokugawa shogunate, is a great place to explore Japanese art. The Tokugawa Art Museum will introduce you to the finest art from the Edo Period (1603-1868) when the Tokugawa ruled supreme. Located on the site of the feudal residence of the Owari clan, the museum exhibits treasures from this period, including samurai armor and swords, tea ceremony utensils, masks and costumes, poems, scrolls and maps.
Nearby, the Nagoya / Boston Museum of Fine Arts features some of the best works from its sister museum, the MFA in Boston; an opportunity to immerse yourself in a very different artistic lineage.
Toyota City, just 30 minutes from Nagoya, is home to the Municipal Art Museum built by Yoshio Taniguchi, who also renovated the Moma in New York. The collection includes works by Gustav Klimt and Edvard Munch along with Japanese artists.