Museum of the Imperial Collections 三の丸尚蔵館
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.
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. 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 Princess Chichibu and Empress Kojun. Entrance is free and the exhibits change regularly.