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Ota Memorial Museum of Art

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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Address: 1-10-10, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
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10:30 - 17:00
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This small museum houses a collection of woodblock prints from noted artist...

This small museum houses a collection of woodblock prints from noted artist Ota Seizo.

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Wonderful Exhibit of Edo-era Woodblock Prints

A fantastic if small museum with a great selection of wood block prints featuring portraits, landscapes, battle scenes and depending upon the displays some wonderful animal... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A fantastic if small museum with a great selection of wood block prints featuring portraits, landscapes, battle scenes and depending upon the displays some wonderful animal caricatures.

Thank Karl T
Youghal, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those places you could easily pass over for something a little more modern, but I was really glad that I called in at the Memorial Museum to view the current collection on display from Ukiyo-e who is the best known type of Japanese woodblock art print. Shoes have to removed as you enter and it has... More 

Thank ps151061
Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like ukiyo-e art, this museum should be in your must-visit list. The collection here is extensive and very well curated. Good labels in English makes the paintings very accessible. What surprised us though was the number of Japanese visitors on the day we came. This place seems to be quite popular among the locals. It was pretty crowded... More 

Thank geckopoo
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I started getting into Ukiyo-e just after deciding to visit Japan. I immediately realized Hiroshige was my favorite, so I decided to find the best place, and the Tokyo National Museum told me to go to the Ota. The museum is easy to get to - it's close to Harajuku Station and in a really pretty part of Tokyo. Or... More 

Thank OJWay1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum 350 meters from Harajuku Station. It displays most Hiroshige woodblock prints, scenes of Edo, different provinces and so on. It is worth a stop if you like Ukiyo-e and are visiting Meiji Shrine.

Thank warren D
Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

This museum exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Mr. Ota Seizo. Ukiyo-e are Japanese woodblock prints which flourished during the Edo Period. They originated as popular culture in Edo and depicted popular geisha, sumo wrestlers and kabuki actors from the world of entertainment. Fabulous!

Thank SettembreNero
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

A small museum with modest entry fee. Very high quality woodblock exhibit on three levels. Excellent washrooms. Gift shop specializes in small textiles at reasonable prices so this is a must- go for quality small gifts and souvenirs.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

I visited this small museum recently when I was visiting Tokyo and was pleasantly surprised. If you like Japanese woodcuts, you should definitely go. The place can be easily reached by subway and a short walk. The displays are well organized and most have English descriptions. This museum is very manageable and worth a visit!

2 Thank betteskid
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Wow! A wonderful, small museum where you can learn about the wood-block print process and see amazing works of ukiyo-e! We saw the "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" by Hioshige -- beautiful! I would go out of my way to go again!

2 Thank Sandy S
Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

This is one of the jewels of the Tokyo museum scene! The expositions are normally based on the museum's own huge collection of highest-quality woodblock prints, and they are always very carefully curated. A must for the visitor who is interested in Japanese art!

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