Zoshigaya Missionary Museum

Japan Museums: Zoshigaya Missionary Museum Tokyo

Zoshigaya Missionary Museum Tokyo 雑司が谷旧宣教師館

Zoshigaya Missionary Museum, Tokyo.

The Zoshigaya Missionary Museum celebrates the life and work of the American Christian missionary, John Moody McCaleb (1861-1953) who came to Japan in 1892. The museum consists of the western-style two-story, wooden residence built for McCaleb in 1907.

The museum is close to Zoshigaya Cemetery, not far from Higashi Ikebukuro Station and Toden Zoshigawa Station on the Arakawa Line. Admission is free.

McCaleb McCaleb's missionary work included starting a Sunday school and a kindergarten.

Both floors of the residence are open to visitors. On the first floor are the living room, dining room and the church office room.

The second floor has the bedrooms, bathroom and study. There are photographs, books and magazines from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods detailing McCaleb's work in Japan.

Zoshigaya Missionary Museum, Tokyo.
Zoshigaya Missionary Museum, Tokyo.

The building that is now the Zoshigaya Missionary Museum was purchased by Toshima city in 1982 and the museum was opened to the public in 1989 after extensive repair and restoration work.

Zoshigaya Missionary Museum
Zoshigaya 1-25-5
Hours: 9am to 4.30pm; Closed Mondays, the third Sunday of the month, the day after a public holiday, and over New Year.
Tel: 03 3985 4081

Access to Zoshigaya Missionary Museum

Higashi Ikebukuro and Gokokuji stations on the Yurakucho subway Line; Zoshigaya on the Fukutoshin Subway Line; Toden Zoshigaya Station on the Arakawa Line. By bus get off at Zoshigaya-reien Iriguchi stop (Bus Line #02 Otsu).

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