The Kakegawa Stained Glass Museum is the nation’s first public stained glass museum. It houses a collection of approximately 70 pieces of stained glass from 19th century Victorian era England, as well as ten French rose windows.
These high quality, quite sophisticated works were produced during the heyday of British stained glass manufacturing, and they are representative of some of the highest quality techniques, and include works from some of the most prestigious stained glass manufacturers of the era.
Stained glass windows are normally situated quite high up in churches, but we have placed them at eye height so that the visitors to the museum will be able to more fully enjoy and appreciate them, their beauty, and the way that the light shines through them.
By all means please come and enjoy the authentic beauty of our stained glass collection.
(This only gives information about when the museum will be closed – not when it is actually open. What will the hours of operation be?)
The museum is closed every Monday (Except in the case of public holidays, in which case it will be closed on Tuesdays of that week). The museum may also be closed in the event of exhibition changes, etc.
The museum will be closed for the end of the year and New Year (from December 28 until next year January 3)
* Please contact us for more information.
The entrance fee is 500 yen for adults (Groups of 20 or more people can get a 20% discount). Entrance is free for elementary and junior high school students
Telephone 0537-29-5680 Fax 0537-29-5720
The gift shop sells many items, including post cards, clear files, original goods as well as a book that includes commentary about the different pieces in the museum.
Please take advantage of the variety of goods in our gift shop for your souvenir needs.
The original Kakegawa castle was built during the Muromachi Era (late 15th century, and was under the control of the Daimyo Imagawa of Suruga, who was the Daimyo of the Totomi province. The Asahina clan, who were retainers of the Imagawa, were given control of the castle and remained in possession of it until the Warring States Era, (the late 16th century).
During the Warring States Era Yamanouchi Kazutoyo was in control of the castle for 10 years, and under his command the castle was renovated and improved. During this time a large castle tower was built, as well as the “Otemon" – the main gate, as well as various flood control works to help prevent flooding from the Oi river, along with general improvements to the castle town. Apparently Kakegawa castle had a lasting influence on Yamanouchi Kazutoyo, because when he was later given command of a province in Kochi, on the island of Shikoku, the castle he built there is said to resemble Kakegawa Castle.
Construction on the current Kakegawa Castle was finished in April of 1994. Kakegawa castle is noted for its beauty, and is considered to be one of the famous castles of Tokai area. Kakegawa Castle was reconstructed using the original building methods, and it was the first castle in post WWII Japan to have been reconstructed in wood using traditional building methods.
The area around Kakegawa Castle has approximately 130 cherry trees of differing varieties, for example the “four seasons sakura" "weeping cherry tree", “Yoshino cherry tree", etc., and as such is a popular destination for many people every spring, who come to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms against the backdrop of Kakegawa castle.
Ninomaru Museum of Art houses the Kinoshita collection, which consists mainly of fine traditional crafts, as well as the Suzuki collection of modern Japanese paintings.
The Kinoshita collection has approximately 2300 items. Some of the items in the Kinoshita collection are tobacco pipes and other items associated with tobacco dating from the Edo and Meiji Eras (the early 17th to the early 20th centuries), a collection of Inro, which are a traditional Japanese case for holding small objects, suspended from the obi, sword guards as well as numerous examples of calligraphy.
Ninomaru Museum acts as a base for the artistic and cultural activities of the region, encouraging local artists and supporting those who produce crafts and modern Japanese paintings. Scheduled exhibitions change 8 times annually.
In the 18th year of Tensho, 1590, Toyotomi Hedyoshi appointed Yamanouchi Kazutoyo to be in charge of Kakegawa castle. It was during this time that the house and grounds of Takenomaru were thought to have been constructed. Given its close proximity to the castle and its central location within the castle grounds, it was considered to be an important area of defense, and so was usually assigned as the living quarters for the chief retainer.