Fuchu-shuku AreaA history museum where you can get a first hand look at Shizuoka history

At the Shizuoka City Museum of History, opened in January 2023 as a facility to promote the value and charm of the city's history, you can get a first hand look and become intimately familiar with the history of Shizuoka City. The museum building was designed by SANAA (Sejiima and Nishizawa and Associates), an architecture firm that also worked on the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and the Louvre-Lens Museum (annex of the Louvre in Lens, France). A road and the remains of stone walls of samurai residences, thought to date to the late Sengoku (Warring States) Period were unearthed from the construction site. They are preserved and displayed in situ on the free to enter area of the first floor, so you can truly feel the accumulation of history in Shizuoka.

Walk up the ramp that wraps around this archaeological site to reach the exhibit rooms on the second floor. There you will find an introduction to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who spent one third of his 75 year life in Shizuoka, as well as the Imagawa clan who laid the foundations of Shizuoka. On the way to the third floor exhibit rooms is an observation lounge, where you can enjoy the view of Sumpu Castle Park. Look back at the past of Sumpu castle town, look out at the cityscape of Shizuoka City, and look forward to the future. In this time tunnel, you can feel the presence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and see the city in a different light from normal.

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