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Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum

Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum

The Kanazawa Bunko was a samurai library built by Hojo Sanetoki, a member of the Hojo clan (Kanazawa Hojo) in the middle of the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The collection covers a wide range of subjects, including politics, literature, and history, and the policy of collecting books was continued by three successive generations of the Hojo family: Akitoki, Sadaakien, and Sadamasa, further enriching the collection. The Kanazawa-Hojo clan shared the same fate with the fall of the Kamakura shogunate, and the bunko was administered by the adjacent Shomyoji Temple, which has continued to manage it into the modern era. The present Kanazawa Bunko was restored as a Kanagawa Prefecture facility in 1930, and since 1990, it has been a museum of medieval history. The Prefectural Kanazawa Bunko is dedicated to preserving for future generations the valuable cultural assets that have handed down the legacy of the Kamakura period, exhibiting the results of its research and studies, and providing public access through lectures and other programs.

Essential Information

Hours

9am–4:30pm (Admission until 4pm)

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities may change their operating days or hours.
Suggested duration

1h

Closed Mondays, year-end and New Year holidays (December 28-January 4), and days following a national holiday
Costs

Adults 250 yen (150 yen), under 20 and students 150 yen (100 yen), over 65 and high school students 100 yen *Amounts in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more people. *No charge for junior high school students and under and persons with disabilities. *Special exhibitions are separate.

Facilities
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Wi-Fi Available

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