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Yamatane Museum of Art

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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Address: 3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya 150-0012, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-5777-8600
10:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Small but lovely

This is a small museum devoted solely to Japanese Nihonga art in which you can find a respite from city crowds for an hour or so. The entire museum is on the lower level once you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2016
Fussa, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is dedicated to Nihonga Art, modern Japanese art that IMHO is competitive on the world stage. When Japanese returned to their roots, artistic scenes often of nature, and used paints extracted from stones, they produced works of incredible beauty. I have visited this museum several times, as the exhibitions are rotated throughout the year. If you want to... More 

Thank warren D
Fussa, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is a small museum devoted solely to Japanese Nihonga art in which you can find a respite from city crowds for an hour or so. The entire museum is on the lower level once you enter the lobby and consists of two rooms. Scrolls and screens from different periods are on display, all of which are considered the best... More 

Thank Prepcook
Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is my second visit. I visited their previous old location once. The building looks newer and inside is spacious and has appropriate lighting to display Japanese style paintings. It is located a little bit far from Shibuya(20 minutes walk) and Ebisu(10 minutes) JR stations and is in front of Hiroo high school. If you like japanese style paintings, please... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you like Nihonga Art, this is a special place, intimate. When the Japanese stopped mimicking French impressionism and returned to their roots in Nihonga, often with scenes of nature and using paints extracted from stones, they created art of world class stature. Worth a visit.

Thank warren D
Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Sep 2016 they have a special exhibition with 6 masters of Ukiyoe (whatever this might mean). Great they give you a summary in English- which highlights and explains main works- very useful.

1 Thank LouCaRomania
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

This place exhibits top notch Japanese paintings, and especially "nihonga". Exhibition takes about 1-2 hours to visit, and there's a nice sweet shop in the main entrance hall.

Thank PavoCristatus
Kawasaki, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I sometimes to visit Yamatane-gallery to buy good Japanese traditional pictures(ex Uemura-Shoukou )because of the souvenir to trip abroad, of course those are good for chips for house keepers or door man. We enjoy Japanese tea and traditional cakes in that gallery. Mondays are closed and if monday is a national holiday Tuesday is closed.You can use bus from Ebisu... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

The watercolor paintings you can see here are first rate. I really enjoyed the paintings. Vivid colors, easy on the eyes, with a high level of artistic merit. It's in an office building so its kind of hard to spot from the street, but once you go inside it looks more like a museum. It is too expensive for how... More 

1 Thank AlexanderCampy
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This small museum is devoted to Japanese painting. There are some fine examples in the museum's own collection, and thematic exhibitions include equally fine borrowings from other collections. The galleries are on a single floor of an unremarkable building, along with the museum shop. The simple tea shop in the lobby (which closes at the same time as the museum)... More 

3 Thank Dianne T
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

I believe that this museum is in the best place in Tokyo. It takes about 10 min from Ebisu station by walking, but it is worthwhile visiting here if you like museums. It is not that big, but you will feel good atmosphere of this museum and like the artwork of Japanese artists.

1 Thank サルセーラアンジー

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