Idemitsu Museum 出光美術館

A massive collection gathered over seven decades

Hidden away in a high-rise overlooking the Imperial Palace , the Idemitsu Museum of Art showcases the artistic collections of petroleum magnate Sazo Idemitsu, who passionately scoured the world for Japanese art along with pieces from China and Korea.

Quick Facts

The museum has a year-round exhibition of major works by Georges Rouault, the French master of religious paintings

Natural materials such as earth, stones and wood were used as a base for many walls in the building

How to Get There

You can reach the museum by train or taxi.

The museum is a three-minute walk from Hibiya Station or a five-minute walk from Yurakucho Station. It is housed on the ninth floor of the Imperial Theater, between Tokyo International Forum and the Imperial Palace moat.

Art with a view of the palace

The result of a lifetime of collecting, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts houses an impressive selection of Asian art. The Japanese and Chinese paintings and calligraphy are particularly prized. You'll also find lovely examples of Japanese ceramics and even some Western works in the mix.

Themed exhibits rotate every few months, and English-language pamphlets are available to help navigate the collection.

Ancient pieces of pottery fired long ago

In addition to the exhibits, the unique Shard Room is worth a visit. Here you can see fragments of pottery collected from kilns across the ancient world. After your tour, relax in the armchairs by the windows for a bird's-eye view of the vast Imperial Gardens.

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