Kuromon ("Black Gate")


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This gate is commonly known as the "Black Gate." Designated as an important cultural property, it was formerly the main gate to the Edo mansion of the Ikeda family from the Tottori Domain, and formed part of the former Marunouchi Daimyo Koji ("Marunouchi Feudal Lord Lane") which was located in what is now Marunouchi 3-chome. After being moved to constitute the main gate of the Togu Palace during the Meiji period, it in turn came to be used for the mansion of Prince Takamatsu. Then in 1954 it was moved to the precincts of the Tokyo National Museum and rebuilt there.

It is not clear when the Black Gate was first constructed, but judging from the style and methods employed it is believed to have been during the latter part of the Edo period. The roof is of gambrel roof construction, although Chinese gable-style roofs have been built on the left and right sides. Along with the Akamon ("Red Gate") at the University of Tokyo, it is one of the best-known rear gates formerly belonging to the mansion of a feudal lord.

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13-9 Ueno Park


Postal code:110-8712

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By car:5 minutes from the Ueno Exit on the Ueno Line of the Metropolitan Expressway

From Haneda Airport:1. By train: From the Haneda Airport Domestic Flight Terminal, take the Keikyu Airport Line Airport Express to Shinagawa
2. By train: Transfer at Shinagawa Station to the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line or the Yamanote Line and get off at Ueno Station
3. By foot: It takes 10 minutes by foot from JR Ueno Station to the museum

By train:- 10 minutes by foot from the Park Exit of JR Ueno Station or from the South Exit of Uguisudani Station
- 15 minutes by foot from Ueno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line or from Nezu Station on the Chiyoda Line
- 15 minutes by foot from K

By bus:- Taito Ward Loop Bus Megurin
Get off at the Tozai Megurin bus stop (3) Tokoy-kokuritsu-hakubutsukan


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