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Exhibitions and Events

The Door to Japanese Art

Period April 2, 2024 (Tue) -  June 30, 2024 (Sun)
Place Tokyo National Museum Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Rooms T3
Hours 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Open until 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Closed Mondays (Excluding holidays. On those days, the Museum will be open on Monday and closed the following day); Year-end holidays; Subject to change.
Admissions Adults:1,000 yen
University Students:500 yen
High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70:Free
* Special exhibitions require a separate ticketing procedure.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge along with one attendant. Please show official ID or other documentation.
* Regular admission is free for persons under 18 and over 70. Please show proof of age (driver's license, passport, etc.) when entering.



Open the door to interactive exhibits and have fun with Japanese art

“The Door to Japanese Art” is the first gallery we want you to visit at the Tokyo National Museum. Beyond this “door,” we have created four exhibits to bring you closer to Cultural Properties. The sights and experiences each one offers will give you a new appreciation for these wonderful achievements of past generations. When you visit the Tokyo National Museum, please stop by “The Door to Japanese Art.”

Corner 1: Watch <Introduction to Japanese Culture>
Glide on the waves of Japanese culture and history! A video experience that transcends words

Begin your journey into Japanese art with Introduction to Japanese Culture: A Glide on the Great Wave, an eight-minute film clip featuring many famous works from the Tokyo National Museum’s collection. Shift dynamically between the city of Edo in ukiyo-e paintings and present-day Tokyo as you explore the sense of beauty cultivated through people’s enjoyment of the shifting seasons and traditional festivities.

Corner 2: <Enjoy Timeline of Japanese Art>
Have fun while you experience Japanese art

The stream of Japanese art began approximately 12,000 years ago, in the Jōmon period. Follow its course using the videos and digital timeline that fills this massive, 14-meter-wide screen. After the opening movie clip, you will be shown 16 of the Tokyo National Museums finest works of art. Stand on Fun Points to rotate, enlarge, or turn the pages of these digital reproductions. Imagine how the people who made and used these works of art lived and felt as you enjoy the experience.


Corner 3: Feel <High-Resolution Reproductions>
Only through reproductions can you experience art like this

Folding screens and hanging scrolls—two types of painting are on seasonal exhibit as high-resolution reproductions.
The works displayed here are part of long traditions of Japanese art and craft passed on to the present. A large number of them are sensitive to light, heat, and humidity. To preserve them for another 100 or even 1,000 years to come, they cannot be displayed throughout the year. Here you can view high-resolution reproductions of artworks made by artisans specialized in traditional crafts and the latest technology to carefully examine them. We hope that getting close to these reproductions will give you a better sense of the historical and cultural context in which people created and appreciated them.

Corner 4: Touch <Cultural Properties in 8K: A Hands-On Look at Legendary Tea Bowls>
Enjoy Legendary Tea Bowls with Your Own Hands and Eyes

With the help of hands-on controllers and 8K high-definition images made to look and feel exactly like the actual cultural properties in terms of shape and weight, you can appreciate legendary tea bowls as if you are holding them in your very own hands (Experience time: Approximately five minutes). The unique features of each piece of pottery, such as the smoothness and roughness of its texture, its size, and its weight when held in both hands are clues that help us more fully appreciate the individuality of each piece. Choose your favorites from among the six available tea bowls and view them from different angles. After enjoying the tea bowls as if you were holding them in your hands, you may see the various vessels in the exhibition room a bit differently from before.

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From July 2–21, 2024, the Room T3 of the Japanese Gallery (Honkan) will be closed for maintenance.