The Splendor of Edo Painting


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The Museum holds only the temporal exhibitions of its own collection.
Exhibits are subject to change according to the theme of the respective exhibition.


10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance until 4:30 p.m.)


Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the Museum will be open on that Monday and closed on the following day.), the year-end and New Year's holidays, and the change of exhibits


  • Adults: ¥1,200
  • High School and College Students: ¥800
  • Junior High School Students or Younger: Free (with Parent or Guardian)

* ¥200 Discount for Persons with Disability with Presentation of the Physical Disability Certificate and Free Admission for 1 Caretaker


Idemitsu Museum of Arts

9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005


Yamanote Line: A 5-minute walk from Tokyo Kokusai Forum Exit of Yurakucho Station

Tokyo Metro
Yurakucho Line: A 3-minute walk from B3 Exit of Yurakucho Station
Hibiya Line and Chiyoda Line:A 3-minute walk from B3 Exit of Hibiya Station (via underground passage)

Toei Subway
Mita Line: A 3-minute walk from B3 Exit of Hibiya Station

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

The Idemitsu Museum of Arts was opened in 1966 as an exhibition hall for the Idemitsu Collection. The building is located on the 9th floor of the Imperial Theater Building looking down over the beautiful Imperial Garden in Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. The museum is designed to incorporate the Japanese spirit of welcome in the setting of the modern building and invites visitors to enjoy the artworks in comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.Special exhibitions are held about six times a year, with themed exhibitions of selected works from the Idemitsu Collection of Japanese painting and calligraphy, and East Asian ceramics. Other attractions include a year-round exhibition of major works by Georges Rouault (1871-1958), the French master of religious paintings who is famous for the series called “Passion” depicting the last days of life of Jesus Christ. The unique feature of the Museum is the Sherd Room where fragments of pottery collected from kilns around Asia and Egypt (Fustat site, Cairo) are displayed.

About the Idemitsu collection

The Idemitsu Collection includes representative works of Eastern Asian antiques, gathered over some 70 years by Sazo Idemitsu (1885-1981), founder of the Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd., and the Museum. This extensive collection includes Japanese painting (yamato-e, rimpa, bunjin-ga, ukiyo-e, and works by Sengai and modern painter Kosugi Hōan, etc.) and calligraphy, East Asian ceramics (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean wares, and works of modern potter, Itaya Hazan, etc.). The collection also has works of Western painters (Georges Rouault and Sam Francis). The total works number some fifteen thousand items, including two National Treasures and fifty-four Important Cultural Properties.

Guidelines for Enjoyment of Exhibitions

The museum visitors are reminded of the following for the enjoyment of the Museum by the other visitors as well as for the protection of the exhibits.

  • Do not speak loudly as the low ceiling of the Museum tends to reflect the voice easily.
  • The temperature and lighting level are controlled at its best for the preservation of the exhibits. Please show your understanding when they may occasionally case the visitors to feel cold and little dark for walking in the exhibition rooms.
  • Do not touch the exhibits and the display cases.
  • Do not use the ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, fountain pens or brushes which may stain the exhibits. Please contact the staff at the Information Desk or the Reception for pencils.
  • Switch off and do not use the mobile phones or activate the silent mode while in the Museum. Should there be a need to use the mobile phone, please do so in the Elevator Hall. The staff at the Information Desk or the Reception will provide the re-entry ticket.
  • Do not take photographs (except for taking the view from the windows in the Lobby).
  • Do not eat or drink any food or beverages (such as candies, chewing gums, bottled drinks, etc.) brought in from outside.
  • Free tea vending machines are available in the Lobby but their drinking is limited only in the rest area with sofas in the Lobby.
  • Do not lay down on the benches in the exhibition rooms or run around in the Museum.
  • Do not smoke in the Museum (including the Elevator Hall).
  • Do not bring in the large luggage. Please leave them in the locker (free with the coin return system) or ask the staff at the Information Desk for further assistance.
  • Leave the umbrellas at the umbrella stand.
  • Do not bring in any animals and pets, except for guide or service dogs.
  • Do not bring in any dangerous materials.
  • The use of lockers, toilets and other museum facilities are limited only after the entry into the Museum.
  • The sales of Museum’s free admission tickets to ticket brokers and in the internet auctions are prohibited. Please also refrain from giving and transferring tickets to others near and around the Museum entrance.
  • Do not engage in acts or behavior which may disturb or annoy the others.

Lastly we also ask you to follow other instructions of the museum staffs when requested.