Ota Memorial Museum of Art

Museum in The Omotesando, Aoyama area

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Ukiyo-e emerged at the beginning of the Tokugawa era as a unique branch of the fine arts made by ordinary people and gradually developed from thereon. However, during the late years of the Tokugawa and the early years of the Meiji eras, so many masterpieces streamed out to the West that Japanese people began to feel that they could no longer see original Ukiyo-e paintings and prints unless they go to Europe or the United States of America.

The late Seizo Ota V deplored this state of affairs, and from the beginning of the Showa era, he devoted himself to collecting and preserving the Ukiyo-e which form this museum's collection, consisting of 12,000 pieces.

On the death of the owner, the bereaved family decided to carry out the wish of the deceased: to exhibit works not yet shown to the public, and ultimately to promote Japansese art.
The collection has a remarkable character, not only as a comprehensive historical archive of Ukiyo-e masterpieces of Ukiyo-e from all periods, but also as an archive that preserves the works in the best possible condition.

It was Mr. Ota's desire that showing of this collection could contribute to the cultivation of a deeper appreciation of culture, and it is the museum's sincere hope that visitors will come away enriched from the experience.

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No shopNo parkingNo restaurant/cafeNo Library/BookstoreNot accessible to disabled persons

Opening hours

From 10:30 to 17:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Venue may charge entrance fee on a per-event basis.


Address: 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Phone: 03-3403-0880 Fax: 03-3470-5994

1 minute walk from exit 5 at Meijijingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines, 3 minute walk from the Omotesando exit of Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote line.

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