The Matsumoto Timepiece Museum ({sv, Matsumoto-shi Tokei Hakubutsukan) is a museum in Matsumoto dedicated to timepieces from inside and outside of Japan. The museum, which is spread over three floors, showcases watches and clocks of many different kinds. Exhibits include watches linked to certain professions, such as train conductor and nurse watches, and ornate timepieces from different countries, like European and Asian grandfather clocks from past centuries. There are also various clocks with quirky design elements and even sundials.

While the first two floors house the museum's permanent collection, which also includes a small exhibition of gramophones and musical records, the third floor holds temporary exhibitions of clocks connected through a particular theme. A symbol of the museum and embedded on its outside wall is the largest pendulum clock in Japan.

Getting there and around

Matsumoto Timepiece Museum is around a ten minute walk from Matsumoto Station or Matsumoto Castle.

How to get to and around Matsumoto

Hours and Fees


9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)


Monday (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays


410 yen