Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

Tokyo National Museum

poster for Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

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There is no Buddhist sculptor better known than Unkei in Japan. With his extraordinary artistic talent, he led a new era in sculptural expression, creating realistic works that appear before the viewer as though they were alive. For this Special Exhibition, Unkei’s masterpieces have been brought together from across Japan. These include works from Kohfukuji temple in Nara, with which he had close relations. In addition to presenting an overview of Unkei’s life as a sculptor, the origins of Unkei’s remarkable style and its succession will also be explored through the inclusion of works by his father, Kokei, as well as his sons, Tankei and Koben.



from September 26, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Closed on Mondays. Open Oct. 9 (Mon). Until 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and from Nov. 22nd to Nov. 26th.


Unkei, Kokei, Tankei


Adults: ¥1600, University Students: ¥1200, High School Students: ¥900, Junior High School Students and Under: Free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Closing hour might changed depending on season. On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is open, but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Phone: 03-5777-8600

10 minutes walk from Ueno or Uguisudani Station on the JR Yamanote Line, 15 minutes walk from Ueno Station on the Ginza or Hibiya Lines or 15 minutes walk from Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Line.

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