中川船番所資料館

Nakagawa Funabansho Museum

The majority of Koto-ku sits on reclaimed land built up since the Edo period. Many canals were dug along with the landfill construction and these canals have made a big impact on the industry and culture of Koto-ku. The Fukagawa Waterway Station, whose function was to check waterway-bound trades, originally stood by the Onagigawa waterway at the mouth of the Sumida river, however it was relocated to the point where the Nakagawa, Onagigawa, and Funahorigawa waterways meet. It became the Nakagawa Waterway Office in 1661.
It was at one time hypothesized that the exact point where the Nakagawa Station used to stand was at the present day address of 9-1 Oshima, Koto-ku. Archeological evidence including pillars and foundation stones discovered during an excavation in 1995 confirmed this to be the case. Nakagawa Funabansho Museum (Shiryou-kan) is situated 50 meters north of this location.

The special features of the museum are as follows:

1. Specialized in ‘Transportation by water’
Located by the Onagigawa and Nakagawa waterways that run through Koto-ku, the museum presents the history of trade and human activities, mainly through the story of Nakagawa Waterway Office, itself established in the Edo period, but also through the waterways of the Kanto plane and beyond.

2. Rooted in the local community
The museum places importance on local roots and communities, and plays its part in the Shiryou-kan network by promoting co-operation with other museums (shiryou-kans) in Koto-ku.

3. Promoting understanding of local history

Nakagawa Funabansho Museum is actively promoting an understanding of and bringing local history closer to local residents through the story of the Nakagawa Waterway Office, the precise location of which was confirmed by the 1995excavation. The museum also exhibits an extensive collection of angling gear that features more than 500 items, including traditional Japanese rods, donated by the Tokyo Angling Museum (specified nonprofit corporation, Director: Mr. Yasuhiko Tsunemi) in September 2000.
?Koto-ku has a long tradition of angling and fishing. An angling guide known as ‘Kasenroku’, published during the Kyoho era (1716-1735) detailed angling spots around Koto-ku, stating the area around the waterway office is a good location for catching sillago, bitterling and goby.

Facilities
1 Floor Information desk, library, administration office
2 Floor Exhibition of angling items
3 Floor Permanent exhibition and other events, observation gallery, storage room

Opening hours
Office 09.00 ? 17.00
Museum 09.30 ? 17.00 (last admission: 16.30)
Closed Mondays(If Monday falls on a public holiday the museum will be closed on Tuesday)