Art & Design
Sumida Hokusai Museum すみだ北斎美術館
Sumida's tribute to its most famous artist
This striking modern museum is dedicated to the life and work of ukiyo-e woodblock print master Hokusai, the man responsible for the iconic "Great Wave" and "36 Views of Mt. Fuji." The permanent collection is enhanced by rotating exhibitions which showcase some of Hokusai's most famous works. A model of Hokusai's art studio, complete with figures of the man himself and his daughter, is a fascinating peek into the world of this artistic icon.
Features an outdoor playground for children
Multilingual panels provide great detail about the artworks on display
How to Get There
The museum is a 5-minute walk from Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo Line, or a nine-minute walk from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line.
Learn about the great master
Katsushika Hokusai was a prolific ukiyo-e artist. Born in 1760, he lived in Sumida Ward for most of the 90 years of his life, capturing the beauty of Edo-era Japan in his colorful prints. Many of his early works feature scenes around his home, allowing you a glimpse into Edo period Tokyo (1603-1867). Interactive panels, videos and fun art-related games with English explanations provide enough entertainment for a couple of hours or an entire afternoon for the more serious art aficionado.
Modern architecture housing Edo art
The building itself is worthy of attention. Designed by award winning architect Sejima Kazuyo, the building is approachable from each of its sides with the entrance at the center. The museum's space age look stands out among the more traditional houses of the neighborhood, covered in mirrored panels that reflect the sky.