Museum of the Imperial Collections 三の丸尚蔵館

Museum of the Imperial Collections
Museum of the Imperial Collections

See the Imperial family's extensive collection of art—for free

Situated within the Imperial Palace East Gardens , the Museum of the Imperial Collections boasts a collection of over 9,800 works of art, including Nihonga-style paintings and calligraphy from across Japan and China. What you'll see are some of the finest works in the world, and entry is free.

Quick Facts

The Imperial family donated part of their private collection when the Heisei Era began in 1989

The rare works here include an illustrated account of the Mongol invasion and "Chinese Lions" by Kano Eitoku

How to Get There

The museum is accessible by train and taxi.

The closest entrance is through the Ote-mon gate. The museum is the first building you see after entering the park is the museum. From Otemachi Station the gate is only three minutes away on foot.

A gift from the Emperor to Japan

The Museum of the Imperial Collections, also known as Sannomaru Shozokan, opened in 1993 after the Imperial family donated 6,500 pieces of art from their private collection to the Japanese government. Many of the works were created by Imperial Household artists, and can only be seen at this museum.

The collection has since grown, thanks to donations from the art collections of Prince Chichibu and Empress Kojun. Entrance is free and the exhibits change regularly.

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