The ukiyo-e museums in Tokyo.

Art museums exhibiting Japanese wood prints in Tokyo

There are about 1100 museums in Japan, but not many places to do a permanent exhibition of ukiyo-e. Meanwhile, some individual or public museums in Tokyo constantly exhibit ukiyo-e.


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Ota Memorial Museum of Art

This museum has about 14,000 ukiyo-e prints such as Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Hiroshige, including about 12,000 pieces collected by Ota Kiyohura. This museum exhibits about 80 of them as they are changed every month. You take off your shoes at the entrance like a Japanese house and enter.


Adress:1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Hours:10: 30 ~ 17: 30


Closed: Monday (next day in the case of holiday), changing exhibition period, year-end and new year

Admission fee: Adult/700yen or 1000

                          College or high school student/500 or 700 

Access:5 minutes on foot from Harajuku station Omotesando exit(JR Line)

   3 minutes on foot from Meiji Jingumae Station(Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Fukutoshin Line) Exit 5

Ota Memorial Museum of Art official site





Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum, the oldest museum in Japan, has a permanent exhibition in the main building. This museum has about 12000 prints, mainly Matsukata collection, and replace the works every season. You can see them from the beginning to the end of ukiyo-e.


Address: Ueno Park 13-9, Taito-ku, Tokyo


Closed: Monday (next day in the case of holiday), year-end and new year


Admission fee: Adult/620 yen

                          College students/410 yen

                          (For ordinary exhibitions only, special exhibition needs extra fee, it has free viewing day)

Access: 10 minutes on foot from Ueno or Uguisudani Station(JR Line)
              15 minutes on foot from Ueno Station(Ginza or Hibiya Tokyo Metro Line)
              15 minutes on foot from Nezu Station(Chiyoda Tokyo Metro Line) 
              15 minutes on foot from Keisei Ueno Station(Keisei Line) 

Tokyo National Museum official site


Edo Tokyo Museum

This museum is a museum built to tell the history and culture of Edo and Tokyo. The artworks of ukiyo-e are displayed to introduce the lives of the people of the Edo period. Moreover, one of the highlights is the diorama which represented the Edo cityscape with 1 / 30th.


Address: 1-4-1 Yokota Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Hours:9: 30 ~ 17: 00 (until 17:00 on Saturdays)

Closed: Monday (next day in the case of holiday), year-end and new year


Admission fee: Adult/600 yen

                         Over 65 years/300 yen

                         University students/480 yen, 

                         Junior high school students (who lives in outside Tokyo area) or high school students/300 yen

                          (For permanent exhibitions only, special exhibition needs other  fee, Citizen’s day is free)

Access:3 minute on foot from West Exit of Ryogoku Station(JR Sobu Line)
             1 minute on foot  from A4 Exit of Ryogoku Station (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae), Toei Subway Oedo Line


Edo Tokyo Museum official site





Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

This museum exhibits prints exclusively. You can see not only Japan but also the world prints. Japanese prints range from the Nara Period to the present day, and of course including ukiyo-e prints.


Adress:4-28-1 Haramachida, Machida City, Tokyo

Hours:Weekday/10:00~17:00(admission is until 4:30) 

             Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays/10:00~17:30(admission is until 17:00)

Closed:Monday(next day in the case of holiday), December 28 – January 4


Admission fee:Permanent exhibition is free

Access:About 15 minutes on foot from Machida Station(JR or Odakyu Line)

             Bus/92 Series To Takasaka Complex or Machikko from Machida Station


Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts official site


Sumida Hokusai Museum

Katsushika Hokusai moved dozens of times, but he was born in now Sumida-ku now and spent much of his life there. He also wrote some pieces of ukiyo-e of this area. This museum has collected only works of the artist.


Adress:2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Hours:9:30~17:30(admission is until 17:00)

Closed:Monday(next day in the case of holiday), year-end and new year, extraordinary


Admission fee: Adult/400 yen, 

                          High school student, college student, vocational school student, over 65 years old /300 yen

                           (For permanent exhibitions only, special exhibition needs other fee)

Access:5 minute on foot from Ryogoku Station A3 exit(Toei Subway Oedo Line)

             9 minutes on foot from Ryogoku Station the east exit (JR Sobu Line)

             Bus/Sumida-ku circulation bus


Sumida Hokusai Museum official site




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