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Updated: March 22, 2022

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo 国立西洋美術館

7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito City, Tokyo

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Enjoy renowned western works of art in the Ueno of Tokyo areas.

Designed by renowned Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, the National Museum of Western Art houses more than 6,000 sculptures and paintings dating from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. This is the only museum in Tokyo focused exclusively on western artists, and boasts works by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Rubens, and Van Gogh. While the art alone is impressive enough, the architecture and exterior grounds of the museum are particularly stunning.


  • Pieces by master artists such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and many more.
  • Enjoying a serene walk in the front garden, which is ornately decorated with sculptures by Auguste Rodin

Opened in 1959, the National Museum of Western Art houses the collection of entrepreneur Matsukata Kojiro. His collection was requisitioned by the French government towards the end of the Second World War. After the war, his collection was permitted for relocation back to Japan on the condition that a dedicated exhibition facility was built. As a preeminent modern architect, Le Corbusier was a fitting choice to design the building, and the striking concrete structure was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2016.
The National Museum of Western Art is located in Ueno Park. Consider spending an hour or two exploring the museum, then head to neighboring park attractions, which include the Ueno Zoo, the Tokyo National Museum, and The Ueno Royal Museum.

How to Get There

  • Ueno StationJR Yamanote LineJR Keihin-Tohoku LineJR Joban LineJR Tohoku Main LineJR Takasaki LinePark Exit1 min on foot


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Opening Hours

  • 9:30-17:30


    *Changes depending on the season and/or time period
    *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
  • Closing days: MondaysNew Year's holidaysIf a scheduled closing falls on a public holiday, the facility will remain open on the holiday and close the next day.
    *Special closures may occur
    *Expected to be entirely closed until Spring 2022



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