Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Shibuya

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The Ōta Memorial Museum of Art opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan in January 1980. It presents rotating exhibitions of Ukiyo-e from Ōta Seizo V's collection of over 12,000 pieces. Plan to visit Ota Memorial Museum of Art and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tokyo attractions using our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • The descriptions and explanations provided with the prints make for a great learning introduction to Japanese woodblock prints. I entered knowing nothing and feeling indifferent toward woodblock print...  more »
  • Prepare to wander in the museum for a few hours. Many pieces of art of look at and admire. Enjoyed our time there.  more »
  • The exhibition is selected monthly from their over14,000 collection of “ukiyo-e”. You can sit down on tatami and enjoy Japanese art quietly. All explanation is in Japanese and in English. Tiny “Zen” g...  more »
  • CLOSED 2017-12-21 through 2018-01-4 Closure not listed on website, wasted our time. I’m sure it’s good inside. ((Note to Google: it’s impossible to edit the “hours”with a comment on temporary closure))
  • 浮世絵は素晴らしかったです。There are almost full English guides to the prints. They have two permanent exhibition rooms and one for visiting exhibitions. ¥1,000 entry, and there's a nice gift shop for Japanese wrapping cloths.
  • I loved this museum, although it has more of a gallery feel. The exhibition is on two floors, showing a variety of traditional woodblock prints from the late Seizō Ota V's personal collection. He collected them as an important cultural property of Japan. It's ¥‎700 to enter, which sounds a lot for a small two floor museum, but it's so expertly presented it's worth it. The prints are shown in the perfect manner. The lighting is dim in the room, then the prints are lit from inside the glass cabinets. This means that the prints are clear and there isn't glare on the glass, and they're lit from an angle from lighting above so you can appreciate the subtle embossing of the paper that occurs when printed in the traditional Japanese style. Most museums don't bother lighting the prints and just allow the room lighting to do the work, which flattens the image and doesn't show the full quality. As the prints are fragile and many of them are over a hundred and fifty years old the exhibition is rotated monthly. Check the website for what's on, and for their opening times, as they are closed inconsistently for several days a month. It's ¥‎700 to see some of the highest quality woodblock prints ever made, in the most expert presentation I've ever seen. Go.
  • 6/5! Most beautiful exhibition I've seen, the staff is SO nice and the price is reasonable. Plus it's in the middle of harakuju !
  • Amazing! More of a gallery than museum (three rooms), but the exhibit was fantastic. Gorgeous, dynamic prints in a variety that we don't usually get a chance to see back in the West. Highly recommend!

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