Feature Exhibition 5F

The Tokugawa Clansmen: The People Who Supported the Shogunal Family

 Exhibition Outline

Closing out a long period of warfare, Ieyasu Tokugawa established the Edo shogunate in 1603. The Edo period, an era of continuous peace that lasted more than 260 years, was brought into being by the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate, founded by Ieyasu Tokugawa. But how did the Tokugawa Shogunate come to be formed? The Edo shogunate comprised 15 generations of ruling shoguns. However, the line of direct descent from Ieyasu ended with Ietsuna, the fourth Tokugawa shogun, and the Tokugawa head family’s lineage died out with Ietsugu the seventh. For this reason, Yoshimune from the Kii family, one of the three Gosanke noble families of Tokugawa clansmen, was welcomed as the 8th shogun. Subsequently, Ienari the 11th shogun came from the Hitotsubashi family; Iemochi the 14th shogun came from the Kii family; and finally, Yoshinobu the 15th shogun, came from the Hitotsubashi family. The shogunate was thus supported by successors from the three Gosanke noble families as well as the three Gosankyo noble families. Those clansmen who joined the Tokugawa shogunate from outside could be described as a major factor behind the successful continuation of the shogunate. By displaying objects connected to the Tokugawa family, this exhibition will introduce the activities of the Tokugawa clansmen who supported the shogunate.


 Outline of event

Exhibition period: Sunday, January 2 to Sunday, March 6, Thursday, March 31, 2022

Location: Edo-Tokyo Museum, Permanent Exhibition, 5th Floor Feature Exhibition Room (1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Phone: 03-3626-9974 (switchboard)

  • 3-minute walk from West Exit of Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line
  • 1-minute walk from A3 or A4 Exit of Ryogoku Station (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae), Toei Subway Oedo Line
  • Toei bus: 錦27, 両28, 門33, 墨38 bus routes
    Sumida City circulation bus “Sumida Hyakkei Sumimarukun / Sumirinchan (Southern Route)”
    Get off at “Toei Ryogoku Eki-mae (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae)” and walk 3 minutes.


Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm(9:30 am to 7:30 pm on Saturdays) *Admission until 30 minutes before close

Days Closed:Mondays (however, the exhibition will be open January 3, January 10 and March 21) / Tuesday, January 11 and Tuesday, March 22


*The permanent exhibition admission fee applies for this exhibition.

Admission fee (incl. tax)
General 600 yen
University & technical school students 480 yen
Junior high school students (from outside Tokyo), high school students, those aged 65 years and older 300 yen
Elementary & junior high school students (from Tokyo) or younger Free of charge


*Free admission to the permanent exhibition on January 2 and 3, 2022


*College, high school, or junior high school students will need to present a student ID card. Visitors aged 65 years or more will need to present proof of age.


*The permanent exhibition admission fee is free (for this exhibition) in the following cases. Preschool children. Anyone who has a physical disability certificate, intellectual disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, mental health and welfare certificate, or an official designation as an atomic bomb survivor, as well as their attending caregivers (up to two people).


*For the latest information on exhibition dates and closing times, please check the official website or Twitter.


Portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu, posthumously deified as “Tosho Dai Gongen”
From the collection of the Tokugawa Memorial Foundation
(January 2 – March 6)


Helmet and Armor with dark blue braid lining
From the collection of the Edo-Tokyo Museum