The Sumida Hokusai Museum
The Sumida Hokusai Museum
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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The famed ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai, is best known for his iconic print Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Born and raised in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, Hokusai was active in the late Edo period and achieved recognition beyond Japan for his works. At the Sumida Hokusai Museum, dedicated to its namesake artist, enjoy an in-depth introduction to Hokusai’s life and works through life-size high-resolution replicas, accompanied by multilingual panels. Original artworks are also displayed in the special exhibition.
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  • scott
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nearly everything was a modern reproduction. Nice space though.
    I gave this 3 stars as the building is beautiful and the staff friendly. However, nearly all the prints were reproductions. I wouldn’t make a special trip to come to this museum. If you like the artist and want to see original works, go to the Tokyo National museum. They have dozens of real ones on display, a lot of other things, and the ticket price is cheaper.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hokusai Museum
    The permanent exhibition with replicas is rather small but still worthwhile. There are a lot of interactive displays which were quite fun. I liked the studio reconstructed after descriptions from one of Hokusai's student. The small museum shop has some excellent stuff.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 December 2023
  • maapar
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina870 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but a lot of information
    Love woodblock prints and glad we got to see this museum. It is a bit out of the way but worth it. There was a special exhibit on the smiles in Hokusai’s works which was interesting. The main exhibit does not have the really famous works but there is interactive reproductions of those. It may not have the famous prints but there are explanations of them which can help you understand his work more
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Sarah H
    Newcastle, Australia53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hokusai is a must see for lovers of art and architecture.
    Totally 5 stars. Architecturally arresting from the arrival, this quiet and thoughtful, reasonably small museum packs a punch. Over 3 floors, we were fortunate to see a special exhibit honouring the samurai. Beautifully curated with lots of excellent background information, the permanent exhibit had wonderful interactive elements and stages of artistic creation beautifully demonstrated and explained.. Just fascinating. Enough interest for the youngest (we saw 5 years olds interacting with the tech, as I was, it was that good), to the oldest. A must see. An enjoyable few hours. I will be returning.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Beth Anne P
    64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best museums I've been to
    Small, but nevertheless one of the best museums I've ever been to. Please ignore the reviews that the museum is full of "photocopies" and that the person went to see The Great Wave and it wasn't there. Hokusai was a commercial artist, an illustrator, an educator, a chronicler of life in Edo and especially in Sumida. The Great Wave was a PRINT. It was meant to be a reproduction. There is no single Great Wave, there is just an original print run of like 1,000 copies. This people would have known if they educated themselves before rolling up. This museum is about Hokusai's personal journey from apprentice to master artist, about his artistic engagement with the floating world and the theater and the neighborhood in which he lived. It is about his artistic evolution and how he transformed his technique over time, and the intersection of this with the history of the late-Edo period. It is about Japan's engagement with the west and not only Hokusai's embrace of Western techniques but also his subsequent contribution to the transformation of Western illustration. Its about the role he played in teaching people around the world how to draw (perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the museum). To successfully appreciate this museum, you have to come prepared to spend time and to read, listen and learn. If you come ready to do this, you will leave so very enriched. If you are just coming to eyeball a "famous painting," this "famous painting" does not exist, so its probably best you just stay home and order The Great Wave on Amazon. If you love art, however, this is the museum for you.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 May 2024
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Beth Anne P
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Small, but nevertheless one of the best museums I've ever been to. Please ignore the reviews that the museum is full of "photocopies" and that the person went to see The Great Wave and it wasn't there. Hokusai was a commercial artist, an illustrator, an educator, a chronicler of life in Edo and especially in Sumida. The Great Wave was a PRINT. It was meant to be a reproduction. There is no single Great Wave, there is just an original print run of like 1,000 copies. This people would have known if they educated themselves before rolling up. This museum is about Hokusai's personal journey from apprentice to master artist, about his artistic engagement with the floating world and the theater and the neighborhood in which he lived. It is about his artistic evolution and how he transformed his technique over time, and the intersection of this with the history of the late-Edo period. It is about Japan's engagement with the west and not only Hokusai's embrace of Western techniques but also his subsequent contribution to the transformation of Western illustration. Its about the role he played in teaching people around the world how to draw (perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the museum). To successfully appreciate this museum, you have to come prepared to spend time and to read, listen and learn. If you come ready to do this, you will leave so very enriched. If you are just coming to eyeball a "famous painting," this "famous painting" does not exist, so its probably best you just stay home and order The Great Wave on Amazon. If you love art, however, this is the museum for you.
Written 17 May 2024
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Sarah H
Newcastle, Australia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Totally 5 stars. Architecturally arresting from the arrival, this quiet and thoughtful, reasonably small museum packs a punch. Over 3 floors, we were fortunate to see a special exhibit honouring the samurai. Beautifully curated with lots of excellent background information, the permanent exhibit had wonderful interactive elements and stages of artistic creation beautifully demonstrated and explained.. Just fascinating. Enough interest for the youngest (we saw 5 years olds interacting with the tech, as I was, it was that good), to the oldest. A must see. An enjoyable few hours. I will be returning.
Written 15 February 2024
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC870 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Love woodblock prints and glad we got to see this museum. It is a bit out of the way but worth it. There was a special exhibit on the smiles in Hokusai’s works which was interesting. The main exhibit does not have the really famous works but there is interactive reproductions of those. It may not have the famous prints but there are explanations of them which can help you understand his work more
Written 19 December 2023
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Ivan S
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
One of the biggest disappointments of all my travelings! I came here expecting to see at least few of the most famous works by Hokusai (like "The big wave", "Fine wind, clear morning' and othe views of Fuji, "The dream of the fishman's wife"). And there is none of the there! None! Even no copies and photos! Only small caricatures and miniatures and an exhibition about artist's life. So this museum is not a place, where you can really understand Hokusai's art, because there are not any of his main paintings there.
Written 19 December 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The permanent exhibition with replicas is rather small but still worthwhile. There are a lot of interactive displays which were quite fun. I liked the studio reconstructed after descriptions from one of Hokusai's student. The small museum shop has some excellent stuff.
Written 5 December 2023
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Woodshk1
Seoul, South Korea60 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Do not go here expecting to see under the wave off Kanagawa or in fact any of the thirty six views of Mt. Fuji, they are not here. What you will see are colour reproductions ( photocopies) . They are nicely presented, but there is very little here.
Written 26 October 2023
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michel c
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business

これはHOKUSAIです販売タンクの市場に出す情報を探しています.

Is this is HOKUSAI I am looking for information to put on the market for sale.
Mike chabot from Québec Canada
tanks.
Written 12 October 2023
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scott
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I gave this 3 stars as the building is beautiful and the staff friendly. However, nearly all the prints were reproductions.

I wouldn’t make a special trip to come to this museum. If you like the artist and want to see original works, go to the Tokyo National museum. They have dozens of real ones on display, a lot of other things, and the ticket price is cheaper.
Written 4 October 2023
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Alan D
Canterbury, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great insight into a great artist. Definitely worth the trip.
The exhibit showed the Tokyo river over 200 years ago.
Only a short walk from metro
Written 12 September 2023
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Helena G
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The architecture is stunning and interior is also related that visitors can enjoy the exhibition without interruption from public playground outside. You can see the other sketches and Sumida’s artwork
Written 4 July 2023
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