【Seiko】The Seiko Museum Moves to Ginza, Seiko’s Birthplace
For the 160th anniversary of Seiko founder Kintaro Hattori’s birth, The Seiko Museum Museum has moved from Sumida Ward to Ginza, Tokyo, Seiko’s birthplace. Exhibiting time and timepieces, the museum reopened on August 19th, 2020. The museum’s facade has the giant “RON DEAU LA TOUR” pendulum clock standing 5.8 meters high to welcome museum visitors.
With each floor having a different theme, the museum has about 500 timepieces and items related to time on display. The Kintaro Hattori Room features the lifelong efforts of Kintaro Hattori, nicknamed “Asia’s King of Timepieces” as he advanced Japan’s modernization of its clock industry. He had the founding spirit of being, “Always one step ahead of the rest.” Also see Seiko’s sports timekeepers, an integral part of the company’s history. Seiko’s sports watches with extreme watch technologies have also supported many outdoor adventurers. Besides Seiko products, historical timepieces from the world such as the sundial and Japanese historical clocks from the Edo Period are displayed. In the future, children’s workshops will be held. They can enjoy it with their families.
Basement 1st floor: “Extreme times” featuring sports timekeeping/measurement & sports watches.
1st floor: “The beginnings of time” with the Reception and museum shop.
2nd floor: “Always one step ahead of the rest” featuring the life of founder Kintaro Hattori.
3rd floor: “From time indicated by nature to human-made time” featuring world time and timepiece history.
4th floor: “Precise (Seiko) time” featuring Seiko products from the company founding to the 1960s quartz watch.
5th floor: “A variety of times” featuring diverse Seiko products since the 1970s.
The Seiko Museum Ginza
Reopen date: Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
Address: Seiko Namiki-dori Building, 4-3-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
(Nearest rail stations: 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station, Exit B4. Or 4-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station, Central or Ginza Exit.)
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Closed: Mondays, year-end and New Year’s holidays)
*Advance reservations required, available 3 times a day (free admission).
① 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ② 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ③ 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.