Outline of the Museum

Eishun Nakamura (1908-1978), President of Nakamura Sake Brewing Company, established Nakamura Memorial Museum to share the works of art he had collected over the years, with the belief that "Art is a treasure of the people; it does not belong to one person." He moved his residence from Nagadohe, Kanazawa to its present location in Honda Park. It was renovated and opened to the public in 1966.
In 1975, the museum and its works of art were endowed to Kanazawa City, and the museum was renamed Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum. In 1989, it was moved to a new building on the site, which was constructed to commemorate Kanazawa's centennial anniversary. Once the new museum was completed, the old museum was renovated as "Old Nakamura House". Along with the adjacent tea-ceremony house "Bai-an," it is used as a rental facility.

In 2001, the tea-ceremony house "Kôun-an," which was constructed in the Edo period, was endowed by Eiichiro Nakamura, Eishun Nakamura’s eldest son. Located in the garden of the museum, it has been used frequently for tea ceremonies.

The Collection

More than 1,000 items are housed in the museum, including the main collection of scrolls, tea bowls, tea caddys, teakettles and containers for fresh water for the tea ceremony, as well as works of art such as Kokutani ceramic ware, Kaga-makie lacquerware, folding screens and scrolls made after early-modern times, and works produced by local Kanazawa artists in the modern era.
This museum is well known all over Japan as a museum housing and exhibiting tea-ceremony utensils.

Collection Policy

1Tea-ceremony utensils

Collected with a focus on traditional works produced in Kanazawa, and works passed down in families of pedigree, as well as masterpieces from each production area.

2Interior Furnishings

Pictures of noted painters from Kanazawa and traditional works of art produced after the Edo period.

[Major Items of the Collection]

Important cultural property
Calligraphy By Mouso Soseki

Important art object/ Cultural property designated by Kanazawa municipal
Tea bowl named "Kumoi"
Joseon dynasty (16th century)

Cultural property designated by Kanazawa municipal
Tea caddy called "Rikyu-kokatatsuki" (passed down in the Yokoyama family)
Southern Song-Ming dynasties (13th-15th centuries)

Important art object/ Cultural property designated by Ishikawa Prefecture
Inkstone box with design of Westerners
Momoyama period (16th century)


Exhibition rooms

Exhibitions of works of art and crafts, mainly from the collection, are planned and held here.

Museum shop

Original museum goods, exhibition leaflets and works of local artists are sold here.


How about enjoying a cup of powdered green tea while viewing the garden?

Outside view of the museum




9:30am ~ 5:00pm
(Admission until 4:30pm)


Year-end and New Year’s holidays (Dec.29 ~ Jan. 3) and periods of exhibit change
Starting in July 2021, the museum will be closed on Mondays (or the next weekday if Monday is a holiday).


  • Adults: ¥310
  • Group (20 or more people) ¥260
  • 65 year old or older: ¥210 (free on holidays)
  • High school students or younger: free

* Admission for special exhibitions varies.


By bus

  • From JR Kanazawa Station Kenrokuen exit (East exit) Bus platform #3: Take the bus for "Tobu-shako" or "Kanazawa Gakuin University" and get off at "Honda-machi".
  • Bus platform #7: Take a loop bus and get off at "Honda-machi".
    The museum is a 3-min walk from the bus stop.

By car

  • 25-min drive from Kanazawa West IC or Kanazawa East IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
    Parking: 12 vehicles
  • By taxi: 15-min ride from JR Kanazawa Station


  • 5-min walk from 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
  • 5-min walk from Kenrokuen Garden Mayumi-zaka Gate


3-2-29 Honda-machi, Kanazawa 920-0964
Tel: 076-221-0751 Fax: 076-221-0753