National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
National Research Institute for Cultural Properties

A fusion of humanities and natural sciences,
We are promoting comprehensive cultural property research

This institute consists of two research centers, the Silk Road Research Center and the Cultural Properties Science Research Center, and is engaged in activities such as research, conservation and restoration, and cultural property science education related to cultural properties and cultural heritage. The facility is located in Fuefuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture, and disseminates research results globally while looking at the region.


About the Research Institute for Cultural Properties

Philosophy of the Institute

In order to preserve and utilize cultural properties and use them as materials for historical research, it is indispensable to integrate the humanities observation and the natural science analysis. Research using the latest analyzers is underway at this institute, and has been highly evaluated by related academic societies. In addition, we invite experts from home and abroad to conduct technical training and research exchanges. We also have accommodation facilities for Graduate School, creating an environment where students can concentrate on their research.
This institute, which was set up in Yamanashi, which has abundant nature, aims to investigate, research, and preserve cultural properties. Furthermore, we aim to promote cultural property protection activities by disclosing and utilizing these results.

History of establishment

Since its inception, the Institute has been divided into two divisions: one that conducts surveys and research on buried cultural properties, and one that conducts various analyses, conservation sciences, and conservation treatments, and has contributed to society for many years. In April 2012, it was newly launched as a research institute of Teikyo University, not only researching buried cultural properties, but also carrying out high-level research and education on a wide range of cultural properties, such as the protection and utilization of cultural properties. I am calling to
In order to conduct more advanced research activities, and to provide a more comfortable environment as a place for educational activities, it was established as Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Teikyo University. In order to comprehensively respond to the major challenges of research and education, we conduct surveys and research both in Japan and overseas, provide technical training for specialists, hold lectures by faculty members on Hachioji Campus, and improve facilities for Graduate School. We aim to make further contributions in addition to our activities up to now, such as opening up.

Professor Kazuya Yamauchi

In 1986, the Yamanashi Cultural Property Research Institute, the predecessor of the Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Teikyo University, was established in Isawa Town, Yamanashi Prefecture (currently Fuefuki City).
From the beginning, it has not only archeology but also a small number of science-related cultural property science departments (various analysis, conservation science, preservation processing of excavated items), and in addition to research and research on buried cultural properties, it also contributes to various fields. We have continued our activities centered on. During that time, while conducting various research studies, he focused on developing and establishing new academic fields such as continuous holding of symposiums, development of cultural property preservation methods with less environmental load, and natural science research and analysis of earthenware in collaboration with archeology. I was able to do it.

In April 2012, the Institute was newly established as an Institute of Teikyo University with the aim of achieving a higher level of research and making it an institution suitable for educational activities. Currently, we have established two research centers, the Silk Road Research Center and the Cultural Properties Science Research Center, and are conducting interdisciplinary research and research on a wider range of cultural properties and cultural heritage.
Thirty years after its establishment, the Institute has a unique feature of disseminating academic information to Japan and the world while firmly looking at the history of the region of Yamanashi Prefecture. .. It is a new type of university research institute that integrates literature and science, history and archeology / cultural property, research, preservation and education.
In the future, we will promote activities targeting a wide range of cultural properties, from buried cultural properties and art materials to traditional culture and cultural landscapes, always focusing on the site and the actual thing, and protect cultural properties around the world including East Asia. I would like to help you with a little effort. We sincerely ask for your continued support and cooperation.

Professor Kazuya Yamauchi

Associate Professor Manabu Uetsuki
Associate Professor
Associate Professor Kushihara
Associate Associate Professor
Takuto Kanai Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor Chie Akashi
Senior Assistant Professor Shigeo Saito
Senior Assistant Professor Daiki Yamada
Assistant Professor Mariko Makino
Manabu KasaiResearcher
Daisuke HataResearcher
Kimio MiyazawaResearcher
Osamu HiranoResearcher
Hidekazu MochizukiResearcher
Maiko MiuraResearcher
Researcher Minoru Suzuki

(As of November 2022)

Research / educational activities

At the same time as researching and researching cultural properties and protecting them, we are developing highly specialized human resources. In addition, the Institute actively holds symposiums and seminars from the beginning to the present day, and actively disseminates information.

The Silk Road Research Center conducts interdisciplinary research and research on the history, culture, ruins, and cultural heritage related to the Silk Road.

■ Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia)
The Ak-Beshim archaeological site in the northern part of the Kyrgyz Republic is an international trading city called Suyab, which was visited by Xuanzang at the beginning of the 6th century. In the Tang dynasty of China, there was a crushed leaf town, which is the westernmost base of western management. Together with the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, we aim to elucidate the culture and history nurtured here.

■ Iran (West Asia)
Iran is the place where the historic Great Empire emerged and the splendid Persian culture flourished. Crafts born here were brought to Japan, a country far east, through the Silk Road. We are working with the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Crafts and Tourism Agency and the National Museum of Iran to explore, research and protect this wonderful cultural heritage of Iran.

■ Georgia (Caucasus)
Located in the middle of the Caucasus, Georgia has created a unique culture since ancient times. Not only is it the birthplace of wine, it is also considered to be the first place to produce bronze ware. We are exploring the mysteries of metal alloying technology and the birth of bronze ware in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum and the Georgia Cultural Heritage Conservation Agency.

At the Cultural Properties Science Research Center, we are conducting comprehensive research on cultural properties and activities to protect them, with scientific research on cultural properties and research on conservation and restoration as major pillars.

■ Cultural Property Science Research
Various optical surveys, observations using X-ray transmission imaging equipment and digital microscopes, fluorescence X-ray analyzers, material analysis using Fourier-converted infrared spectrophotometers and high-frequency inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy, mass spectrometers We perform a wide range of activities, including estimating the production area by measuring the lead isotope ratio used. We draw scientific information from cultural properties and examine the value of cultural properties from various angles.

■ Conservation and restoration research
In order to pass on cultural properties to future generations, we are practicing conservation and restoration of metal cultural properties and woody cultural properties. We are aiming to contribute to society in response to the increasing demand for conservation and restoration in recent years. In addition to preserving and restoring existing methods, we will also aim to develop a safer method for preserving materials.

We aim to integrate the literary fields such as archeology and Japanese history with the science fields such as cultural property science and material science, and carry out education with a strong awareness of the academic fusion of education and research.

■ Art history / cultural heritage training
In recent years, world cultural heritage and natural heritage with remarkable universal value have been attracting attention from people all over the world, but there are a huge number of cultural heritage with diverse values close to us. In this training, you will actually visit the cultural heritage of the area, experience the work of investigating and documenting historical materials and stone structures, and learn about the history of historical sites and how to maintain and utilize them.

■ Cultural property science training
Natural science analysis as well as humanistic observation is indispensable for preserving and utilizing cultural properties and using them as materials for historical research. In this training, you will learn the principles and methods of instrument analysis, such as observing the rock-forming minerals that make up earthenware and stone tools, and identifying the alloys that are the basis of metal products. Furthermore, based on the information obtained by the analysis, we will consider how to preserve and restore cultural properties.

■ Comprehensive archeology training
Archaeological excavation and survey of archaeological sites requires technical skills such as observation, surveying, and analysis, as well as management skills such as procedures from preparation to the end of the survey, publication of results, and legal procedures. In this training, you will systematically experience the process from excavation to report writing, and acquire practical skills and management skills.

■ "Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Teikyo University Report"
Vol. 1 (1989)
Vol. 2 (1990) Folklore Special Feature
Vol. 3 (1990) Symposium "Castle Town and Castle during the Warring States Period"
Vol. 4 (1992)
Vol. 5 (1994) Special Feature "Medieval Castle and People"
Vol. 6 (1995) Special Feature "Problems Concerning Housing in the Middle and Late Jomon Periods"
Vol. 7 (1996) Special Feature "Ancient Land Development"
Vol. 8 (1997) Special Feature "Medieval Archeology"
Vol. 9 (1999) Special Feature "Archaeology of Medieval Castles" Small Special Feature "Thinking about the Location / Region"
Vol. 10 (2002) Special Feature "Medieval Stonework and Society"
Vol. 11 (2003) Special Feature "Aspects of the Middle Kofun Period"
12th Collection (2004) Special Feature "Kamitezawa Ruins and Jomon Village in Nirasaki City"
Vol. 13 (2009) Special Feature "Aspects of Ancient Communities"
Vol. 14 (2010) Special Feature "Archaeology of Hydraulics and Water Utilization"
Vol. 15 (2011) Special issue "Analysis of earthenware and estimation of production site"
16th collection (2017)
17th collection (2018)

■ "Teikyo University Yamanashi Cultural Properties Research Institute Bulletin" No. 1 (1987) -No. 53 (2011)

■ "Teikyo University Yamanashi Institute for Cultural Properties Symposium Report Collection Archeology and Medieval History Research Series"

  1. "Archaeology and Medieval History Studies" (1991)
  2. "Medieval Cities and Merchant Craftsmen" (1992)
  3. "Medieval Society and Tombs" (1993)
  4. "Present and Challenges of Medieval Material Theory" (1995)
  5. "From" Medieval "to" Early Modern "" (1996)
  6. "Regional characteristics of the medieval Japanese archipelago" (1997)

■ "Reports of the Yamanashi Cultural Property Research Institute, Teikyo University: What to read from archaeological sites and relics"

  1. "What to read from ruins and relics" (1998)
  2. "Restoration of Food-What to Read from Ruins and Relics" (1999)
  3. "Housing and How to Live-What to Read from Ruins and Relics" (2000)
  4. "Method of studying unevenness-what to read from archaeological sites and relics" (2002)

Research Institute for Cultural Properties original site


〒406-0032 山梨県笛吹市石和町四日市場1566-2
TEL:055-261-0015 FAX:055-263-6742

When using the train
About 90 minutes from JR "Shinjuku Station" on the Chuo Main Line Limited Express (* 1) Get off at JR "Isawa Onsen Station"
About 95 minutes by regular train on the Chuo Main Line from JR "Hachioji Station" (* 2) Get off at JR "Isawa Onsen Station"
About 25 minutes on foot from JR "Isawa Onsen Station", about 8 minutes by taxi

  • * 1 All trains of the Kaiji train stop, but the Azusa and Super Azusa trains may not stop.
  • * 2 Transfer time at JR "Takao Station" is not included.

When using a high-speed bus
About 110 minutes by Chuo Expressway Bus from "Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal", get off at "Ishiwa Bus Stop"
15 minutes on foot from "Ishiwa Bus Stop", about 5 minutes by taxi

When using a car
About 70 minutes from the "Kunitachi Fuchu IC" on the Chuo Expressway, get off at the "Ichinomiya Misaka IC"
About 10 minutes from "Ichinomiya Misaka IC"

Main facilities

Main facilities
Conservation and Restoration Room: Used for preservation and restoration of metal and wooden products (renovated in 2017)
Instrumental analysis room: Equipped with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, fluorescent X-ray spectrometer, etc.
Great Hall: 180 seats. Used for symposiums and lectures
Dormitory Building: Used for various training camps (renovated in 2011)
Administration Building: Used for training camps for various practical training (installed in 2016)
Library building: reading room and library (prefectural excavation reports, various academic papers, etc.)