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Updated: April 2, 2018

Nurie Museum ぬりえ美術館

4-11-8 Machiya, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo

Explore the history of Japanese illustration at the Nurie Museum

The Nurie Museum is dedicated to nurie, coloring, books and the master of the art form, Kiichi Tsutaya. The museum has about 200 coloring books on display, mostly from the 1940s to 1960s, from both inside and outside of Japan. By examining these retro drawings, you can see many of the design elements that are reflected in the "kawaii" style of the anime and manga of today.

In addition to looking at the displays, you can try your hand at nurie drawing, and the gift shop has a lovely selection coloring books and pens. The museum is located in the Arakawa area in northern Tokyo and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to Get There

  • Machiya Sta. | Exit 1 | 15 mins on foot
    Chiyoda Line | Arakawa Line
  • Machiya-nichome Sta. | 7 mins on foot
    Arakawa Line
  • Higashi Ogu-sanchome Sta. | 7 mins on foot
    Arakawa Line

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Opening Hours

  • 12:00–18:00 Sat, Sun (Mar.-Oct.)
    11:00–17:00 Sat, Sun(Nov.-Feb.)
    Operates irregular/seasonal opening hours






Cash only |

Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • Japanese | English |

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