Japan Folk-Craft Museum

A philosopher Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961) had desired to build home of the Mingei Movement which aimed to promote a new concept of beauty ‘mingei’ and to fit the beauty into everyday life. With the substantial contributions of Mr. Magosaburo Ohara and many other advocators, the Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Mingeikan) was finally founded in 1936. The main building was built to harmonize with the Long-gate House (West Hall), and Yanagi designed in every detail. A wide variety of objects which had been selected and collected through Yanagi’s peculiar aesthetic eyes are housed in the museum such as ceramics, dyeing and weaving textiles, wood and urushi wares, paintings, metal, stone, bamboo, straw etc. There are about 17,000 items in total from all times and places. This unique and substantial collection, which bears honest and healthy beauty, has been highly evaluated within and beyond Japan.
In this museum, there is a least amount of information or explanation on each item by intention. This is based on Yanagi’s idea that it is more essential to see objects with their own instincts, not with knowledge or prejudice.







Disabled access

Closed on Monday
Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.
FeeAdults ¥1200, University and High School Students ¥700, Junior High School and Elementary School Students ¥200.

Location: 4-3-33 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0041



6 minute walk from the West exit of Komabatodaimae Station on the Keio Inokashira line, 15 minute walk from the West exit of Higashi-Kitazawa Station on the Odakyu Odawara line.