Prince Shotoku and Treasures of Early Buddhist Faith in Japan

Tokyo National Museum
Horyuji Temple is said to have been founded in 607 A.D. by Empress Suiko (554–628) and Prince Shotoku (574–622) in what is now Nara Prefecture. Prince Shotoku earnestly sought after Buddhist truths and built the foundation for the future of Japanese culture. His achievements include establishing a system of twelve courtly ranks and promulgating a set of ethical mores that came to be known as the “Seventeen Article Constitution.” After his death, Prince Shotoku was semi-deified and gained an active religious following. The figure of Prince Shotoku that we inherit today is this coalescence of history, mythology, and faith.

The year 2021 marks the 1,400th anniversary of Prince Shotoku’s passing, and this exhibition is held to commemorate this occasion. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn of Prince Shotoku’s accomplishments as they take in the beauty of the many treasures passed down at the temple he founded.

*All visitors must make an online reservation.




Open on August 9. Closed on August 10. Reservations required.

Venue Hours

09:30 ~ 17:00
Closed on Monday
Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.
FeeAdults ¥2200; University Students ¥1400; High School Students ¥1000; Junior High School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.
VenueTokyo National Museum
Location13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Access10 minute walk from the Koen exit of JR Ueno Station, 13 minute walk from the Main exit of Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei line, 15 minute walk from exit 7 at Ueno Station on the Ginza and Hibiya lines.