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Shibusawa Memorial Museum

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TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to know the footprints of Eiichi Shibusawa
2: to see Bankoro and Seien Bunko that are selected as important cultural properties of Japan

Museum that displays outstanding achievements of Eiichi Shibusawa

If you visit Shibusawa Memorial Museum, you can know the excellent achievements of Eiichi Shibusawa (1840-1931).

He played major social roles from Edo Period (1603-1867), Meiji Period (1868-1912), Taisho Period (1912-1926) to Showa Period (1926-1989). He worked as a retainer of the Hitotsubashi Family, as government official of Meiji Government, as superintendent of the First National Bank, as supporter of social welfare services, and as leader of the Honorary Commercial Commisioners of Japan.

He is called "Father of Capitalism in modern Japan," as he supported to establish about 500 companies. It is also known that he advocated "Theory of Union between Ethics and Economy."

There are rooms in the 1st floor and the 2nd floor. At the 1st floor, you can see the images about his life, and at the 2nd floor, you can see exhibitions about his achievements. Also, special exhibitions are occasionally held at the 2nd floor.

In Old Shibusawa Garden, there are Bankoro Cottage and Seien Bunko Library, that are selected as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

It opened in 1982. It is a middle-size private museum at Asukayama Park in Oji, Kita City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Oji station.

On a different note, Asukayama Park is famous for cherry blossoms. In this park, there are three museums: Shibusawa Memorial Museum, Paper Museum, and Kita City Asukayama Museum.

Event Information

"Entrance Display: Furnitures of Bankoro Cottage are specially open to the public-"
from May 10, 2017 (Wednesday) to November, 2017 (Tentative)

"Project Exhibition: Picture of Travel in Europe in 1867 by Shibusawa Eiichi"
from July 22, 2017 (Saturday) to August 27, 2017 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: 150th Anniversary of Shibusawa Eiichi's Trip to France -Shibusawa Eiichi Goes to the Paris Universal Exposition (Part 2)-"
from September 9, 2017 (Saturday) to December 10, 2017 (Sunday)

Finished Event Information

"Project Exhibition: Tracing the Origins of Companies Exhibition Series The Advancement of Modern Spinning Shibusawa Eiichi and Toyobo"
from March 14, 2015 (Saturday) to May 31, 2015 (Sunday)

"Entrance Display: The Presentation of Friendship Dolls!"
from June 9, 2015 (Tuesday) to August 30, 2015 (Sunday)

"Collection Exhibition: Weltausstellung 1873 Wien and Shibusawa Eiichi"
from June 20, 2015 (Saturday) to September 6, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Event of the Anniversay of Eiichi Shibusawa's Death: Seienki"
November 8, 2015 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Tracing the Origins of Companies Exhibition Series Abandoning Private Embrace Public -Shibusawa Eiichi and the Banking Industry-"
from October 3, 2015 (Saturday) to November 29, 2015 (Sunday)

"Entrance Display: Hina Doll"
from February 3, 2016 (Wednesday) to March 3, 2016 (Thursday)

"Project Exhibition: Tracing the Origins of Companies Exhibition Series -Shibusawa Eiichi and Shimizu Corporation-"
from March 12, 2016 (Saturday) to May 15, 2016 (Sunday)

"GO! GO! MUSEUM 2016: 100 Questions about Eiichi Shibusawa"
from October 1, 2016 (Saturday) to October 2, 2016 (Sunday)

"Special Event of the Anniversay of Eiichi Shibusawa's Death: Seienki"
November 6, 2016 (Sunday)

"Entrance Display: Hina Doll of the Shibusawa Family"
from February 5, 2017 (Sunday) to March 4, 2017 (Saturday)

"Entrance Display: Dolls for Boy's Festival in May"
from April 9, 2017 (Sunday) to May 5, 2017 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Project Exhibition: 150th Anniversary of Shibusawa Eiichi's Trip to France -Shibusawa Eiichi Goes to the Paris Universal Exposition (Part 1)-"
from March 18, 2017 (Saturday) to June 25, 2017 (Sunday)

Necessary Time
It is about 2 hours in a regular pace, about 1.5 hours in a hurried pace, and about 2.5 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
It opens from 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry: 16:30). However, Bankoro and Seien Bunko open from 10:00 to 15:45.

Closed Day
It is Monday, year-end and new year holiday, and temporary closed days. In case that Monday is either a national holiday or a substitute holiday, this museum opens on Monday and closes on the following weekday.

Admissions Fee
It is 300-yen for the general public, and 100-yen for elementary school, junior high school and high school students.

It takes about 5 minutes from Oji Station on foot.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Oji Station (JR East: Keihin-Tohoku Line)
○ Oji Station (Tokyo Metro: Namboku Line)
○ Oji-Ekimae Station (Toei Transportation: Toden Arakawa Line)
◎ Asukayama Station (Toei Transportation: Toden Arakawa Line)
◎ Nishigahara Station (Tokyo Metro: Namboku Line)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
○ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
◎ With Children

Name in English
Shibusawa Memorial Museum

Name in Roman Letters
Shibusawa Shiryokan

Name in Japanese

2-16-1, Nishigahara, Kita City, Tokyo, 114-0024, Japan

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