Eisei Bunko Museum

Attraction 1 Chome-1-1 Mejirodai Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0015 Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
02:00 PM
03:30 PM
Second-time visit
5.00 USD

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Eisei Bunko Museum contains a large number of valuable exhibitions which could take you more than an hour to look out and learn more about Japanese museums.

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Why Eisei Bunko Museum is special ?

The Eisei-Bunko Museum was established on December 9, 1950 as an incorporated foundation. Its collection includes approximately 89,700 pieces, such as historical documents and art works handed down from the Higo Hosokawa Clan, a family with 700 years of tradition. Each year, works from the collection are carefully selected to be displayed to the public over four periods. 

What to explore at Eisei Bunko Museum?

The “National Treasures of the Eisei Bunko Museum” exhibit, which runs until November 21st, features fine art carefully selected from the eight national treasures and thirty-one important cultural properties in the museum's possession. In the past, Eisei Bunko Museum has displayed previously unseen works such as Hishida Shunsou’s “Black Cat” and “Fallen Leaves”, Kobayashi Kokei’s “Hair”, the national treasure “Shigureradengura” (from the Kamakura Period, a saddle inlaid with mother-of-pearls in the design of scattered showers), and “Kinginsaku-shuryoumonkyou” (from China’s Zhou period, a bronze mirror inlaid with gold and silver in a hunting motif). “Kinginsaku-shuryoumonkyou” is known universally as the “Hosokawa Mirror”.

Near the museum, alongside Kanda River, are the Edo River Park and the Shin-Edo River Park, whose garden boasts great natural beauty, perfect for taking casual strolls. The Water Temple and Basho hermitage are also nearby in the centre of the city, and are ideal places to watch the changing of the seasons.

How to get to Eisei Bunko Museum?

By train:

- 10 minutes by bus from JR Mejiro Station

- 15 minutes by foot from Edogawabashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, Waseda Station on the Tozai Line, or Zoshigaya Station on the Fukutoshin Line

By bus:

- From JR Mejiro Station, take the Toei Bus for the West Exit of Shinjuku Station and get off at the Mejirodai-sanchome or the Chinzanso stop (3 minutes by foot)

- From Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Edogawabashi Station, take the Toei Bus for Nerima-shako and get off at the Chinzanso or the Mejirodai-sanchome stop (3 minutes by foot)

Selling points

  • Number of Aketakara
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Treasure of Japan
  • Painful from Edogawa park
  • To understand more about Japanese history
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1 Chome-1-1 Mejirodai Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0015

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Tips for you

  • Many exhibitions are explained in English
  • Ask permission if you want to take photos
  • Admission: (special exhibitions excepted); General: 600 yen (Groups of more than 10 people: 500 yen); Students: 400 yen
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  • Closed: Sundays, Mondays, holidays, and when the exhibits are under construction . (However, the museum is opened on Saturdays.)


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While it so say paperback "historical document class-literature" in the Hosokawa collection was I think what has been saved exhibition, and not only that, there is such also art folding screen, it was impressive enough. At this time, documentation on the famous Oishi Kuranosuke and Hosokawa family involvement that winter exhibition "Chushingura and Hosokawa family" is, was on display and are documented clearly. This historical fact is familiar with novels and movies, it is the world was very interesting seems to have been deployed in front of the eye. Appearance of the building is like a quaint old houses. Originally Maybe you was the residence of people use the Hosokawa family, villa next will not further the small but from the large windows warm sunshine enters see the green dark garden, you can phrase it receives coffee. This time, I was stopped by Flat but, by chance, have you come the gentleman seems those who are Hosokawa house and involved, was please to various talk while received a coffee. This is was also also interesting. Magazine "Bungeishunju" to have been introduced a treasure of various Hosokawa family, but here there would of just part. But it was good to be able to see the real thing. Because apparently exhibition contents of the collection is changed every season, I would like to stop by again if the opportunity arises.

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