Art & Design
Located in central Tokyo and once part of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MoMAT), the National Film Archive of Japan chronicles the great achievements of local cinema. Japan has had a bold voice in the world of filmmaking, and its contributions are on loving display here at the nation's only public institution devoted to film.
Started in 1952 as the film library of MoMAT
Closed on Mondays and holidays
The National Film Archive of Japan is a one-minute walk from the Kyobashi or Takaracho train stations.
The National Film Archive preserves countless important works from Japanese film history. You can even watch the oldest surviving Japanese animation from 1917, featuring a silly samurai character.
Art developed alongside industry, and Japan was pivotal in the development of cameras. Old filmmaking equipment is on display here alongside the National Film Archive's massive collection of 40,000 films.
You can watch special screenings in the facility's two in-house theaters. While Japanese film is the archive's specialty, it also collects and shows memorable films from across the world. Check the official site for exhibitions and screenings.
In addition to the films themselves, the National Film Archive collects movie-related memorabilia from Japanese classics, including promotional materials for 1954's Godzilla and an original Kurosawa script.
Note: The National Film Archive is in a separate location from the rest of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.