Idemitsu Museum of Arts2.0
The Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Marunouchi area,Tokyo, is the museum specializing East Asian art works. The museum was opened in 1966 as an exhibition hall for the Idemitsu Collection, the total works number over ten thousand items, including two National Treasures and fifty-four Important Cultural Properties. The building is located on the 9th floor of the Imperial Theater Building looking down over the beautiful Imperial Garden.
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.
The museum is also known for housing a number of works of Sengai Gibon(1750-1837), who was a Zen painter and calligrapher as well as a Japanese monk of Rinzai sect. Visitors can see Sengai's humor on his art works, it is amazingly wisdom and subtle.
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.
Besides, there is a museum shop where Sengai's print, original goods, and more, are sold.
Address : 9th Floor, Teigeki Bldg., 3-1-1,Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hours : 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance until 4:30 p.m.) *10:00 a.m.-7:00p.m. on Friday
Closed : Mondays (The Museum will be open when Monday is a national holiday.), New Year holidays
Adults: ¥1,200, High School and College Students: ¥800， Junior High School Students or Younger: Free
-5-minute walk from Tokyo Kokusai Forum Exit of Yurakucho Sta. on JR Yamanote Line
-3-minute walk from B3 Exit of Yurakucho Sta. on Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
-3-minute walk from B3 Exit of Hibiya Sta. on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or Chiyoda Line or Mita Line
Airport/Sta.Tokyo International Airport (about 14.4km) Google Transit