Ebisu / Naka-Meguro,Tokyo
A museum specializing in nihonga (Japanese paintings) with a collection of about 1,800 works consisting mainly of modern and contemporary Japanese paintings. It holds various special exhibitions as well.
It is located at 10-minute walk from the west exit of the JR Ebisu Station or the Exit No. 2 of the Ebisu Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. The Yamatane Museum of Art was opened in Kabutocho in 1966 as Japan’s first museum specializing in Japanese paintings. In 2009, the museum was moved to its current location in Hiroo, Shibuya Ward and reopened as a new museum. The museum houses about 1,800 works that mainly consist of modern and contemporary Japanese paintings from the Meiji era (1868－1912) to the present, including ancient paintings, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and oil paintings. It holds various seasonal, thematic exhibitions five to six times a year. The first basement floor has showrooms and is about 650 square meters in area. These showrooms employ a unique lighting system not to distract visitors from appreciating the Japanese paintings. There are also a museum shop and a café. Museum-original goods inspired by the displayed artworks and cafe-original Japanese sweets are highly popular.