During the Edo period, Nagoya served as the center of
power in the Chubu area. It was ruled by one of the three
major branches of the Tokugawa family, the Owari family.
The Tokugawa Art Museum is privately owned by the
Tokugawa Reimeikai Foundation, which was founded in
1931 by Yoshichika Tokugawa, the 19th head of the
Owari family. This museum preserves more than 13,000
items and exhibits priceless treasures like samurai
swords and armor, scrolls, poems, tea utensils, and
Next to the Tokugawa Art Museum is the Tokugawa-en, a traditional Japanese landscape garden with a large pond in the middle. The Tokugawa Art Museum is surrounded with seasonal flowers, various tea houses, rest houses, and waterfalls. Many travelers enjoy the atmosphere of the location, which once was a retirement residence of local lords.