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Updated: May 13, 2019

The Sumida Hokusai Museum すみだ北斎美術館

2-7-2 Kamezawa Sumida-ku Tokyo

See original artwork by one of Japan's most respected artists

This museum is dedicated to famed artist Katsushika Hokusai. It opened in 2016 in Sumida City, where Hokusai was born and spent most of his life. Hokusai's art is in the style of ukiyo-e, a Japanese genre of art that translates to "pictures of the floating world." These woodblock prints and paintings focus on distinct aspects of Japanese culture. Hokusai is most famous for his print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, a piece from his collection Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.

The museum contains a permanent gallery featuring replicas of Hokusai's art with videos and multilingual information about the artist and his life and work. Hokusai's original art can be seen in the museum's temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year. The four-storey museum is a piece of art in itself, a remarkable example of modern architecture designed by famed Japanese architect Sejima Kazuyo. It also features a gift shop and a library offering books on Japanese art and culture.

How to Get There

  • Ryogoku Station | Exit | 5 min on foot
    Oedo Line
  • Ryogoku Station | East Exit | 9 min on foot
    JR Sobu Line

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Opening Hours

  • 9:30–17:30 Tue–Sun




Cash only |

Facility Info

  • Restrooms | WiFi |
  • Japanese | English |
  • Japanese | English |
  • Elevator | Disabled parking | Automatic doors | Accessible restrooms |

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