Shiseido Corporate Museum charts the history of Shiseido, one of Japan's major cosmetics companies, and also shows you how local fashion and style have altered over time.
Shiseido Corporate Museum is easy to reach by train.
The nearest station is JR Kakegawa Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen, Tokaido Main Line, and Tenryu-Hamanako Railway. From JR Kakegawa Station the museum is a 25-minute walk or a 5-minute taxi ride.
Shiseido was founded in 1872 as Japan's first Western-style pharmacy
The museum was built to mark the 120th anniversary of the company
Today, Shiseido is one of Japan's corporate giants. This museum collects products and promotional material from throughout the company's long history. That includes packaging, newspaper and magazine advertisements, and television commercials.
There's a focus on Art Nouveau and Art Deco here, and you can see how fashion and style have evolved in Japan over the decades and contrast that with Shiseido's adverts intended for an overseas market.
Nearby Shiseido Art House exhibits art the company has accumulated over the years. There is a permanent collection as well as regular changing exhibits. The building itself has won architectural awards.