Ukiyo-e is a type of painting that developed during the Edo Period as popular art unique to Japan. Ukiyo-e paintings depict various personalities and modes of life of the time, from popular kabuki actors and courtesans, to the scenery of the town of Edo. This museum, which opened in 1980 based on the collection of Ota Seizo, houses more than 14,000 ukiyo-e paintings from the early to later years. Between the end of the Edo Period and the Meiji Period, many masterpieces were sent to the West, and the number of quality works of ukiyo-e in Japan declined. However, this museum is distinguished by the fact that most of its collection is in good condition. Parts of the collection are exhibited under different themes each month. The museum also offers courses on Edo culture in various fields and screen videos explaining the production process and history of ukiyo-e. It is a 3-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae station on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines and a 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line.
1-10-10, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
- Nearest Station
Meiji-Jingumae (Harajuku) Station
･ Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
･ Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
3 minutes on foot
- Phone Number
Our staff may only be able to communicate in Japanese.
Tuesday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am - 5:30pm
Last admission 5:00 p.m.
Opens on national holidays, closes following day; closes during exhibition replacement period, New Year's holiday
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