Hokusai Museum

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Name: Hokusai Museum

Kind: Museum

Location: 35°41’45.93″ N 139°48’01.54″ E

Address: 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida ward, Tokyo 130-0014

Phone: 03-5777-8600

Site: hokusai-museum.jp

The Sumida Hokusai Museum in Ryogoku is an interesting little stop. There are various levels of admission – a small free gallery, and larges ones at $18 and $26.

To get there, take the JR Chuo-Sobu line to Ryogoku Station (JB21), exit north or west, and head west. You will pass the massive Edo-Tokyo Museum on your left, and a few blocks up on your left, in a small, non-descript aluminum-looking bldg. is the Hokusai Museum.

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Hokusai was Japan’s most famous painter who lived in the 16th century. He is best known for a ukiyo-e style of wood block painting, including his most famous work, 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. and Fine Wind, Clear Morning.

As a footnote, Ryogoku Station is one stop east of Kinshicho, another area worth checking out.

There’s lots to do in this area – known as Sumida. The Sumida River and walks are to the west, Tokyo Sky Tree is to the northeast, and there is also a Japanese Sword Museum 2 blocks to the northwest at the Former Yasuda Garden, which is free. There is also the massive Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo museum just south of the garden and just north of the station. Tokyo Sky Tree’s location was deliberately planned so that it would have spectacular views from this garden. One block northeast of that is Yokoamicho Park, also worth a look. During the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923, 44,000 people were killed in the park when it was swept by a firestorm. There is also a tiny park just behind the Hokusai Museum with spectacular views of Sky Tree.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a spectacular feat of engineering, and is not to be missed. Admission is reasonable at $18 and well worth it. The inside of the museum is a massive recreation of an Edo-period village including a massive wood bridge, traditional Japanese houses, and all sorts of exhibits. Be sure not to miss it while in the area.

2 blocks north of Edo-Tokyo Museum is a very nice, albeit somewhat expensive hotel, the Dai-ichi Hotel Ryogoku. A block north of that is another museum, the Great Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum.

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There’s also a nice organic grocery right across the street from the Hokusai Museum.

There is also a seperate Hokusai Museum in Nagano, northwest of Tokyo, and a gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Hokusai Museum, shown at the red marker on the right. Ryogoku Sta. is to the left. The sumo museum is the bldg. with the green roof just north of the station. The Sumida River is on the left.















Okamura Chair Museum Akasaka

Name: Okamura Chair Museum

Kind: Museum

Location: 35°40’30.53″ N 139°44’19.80″ E

In Akasaka – just behind Japan’s central gov’t area, along Sotobori-Dori is a chair museum by the company Okamura. This company has made office chairs in Japan for decades as well as some of the car seats for early Honda and Toyota cars.

To get there turn south at the intersections of Aoyama-Dori and Sotobori-Dori in Akasaka, head past the large Bic Camera, then about 2.5 blocks south, and it will be on your left.

It’s shown here with a reverse view looking north – it’s on the right with the red sign, and Bic Camera is up on the left with the red sign on top.

To get there by Metro subway, exit at Tameike-Sanno station (Ginza Line 06 and Namboku Line 06), turn left, head one block south, turn right (north) onto Sotobori-Dori, then head north 2 blocks. It will be on your right. It’s only 3 blocks from the station.

It closes early though 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM most days. There’s a helpful information desk on the 2nd floor. Enter through the automatic sliding glass doors, and head up the stairs.

There’s a fair amount of other things to do in the area – across the street are the TBS HQ, a nice shopping arcade called Akasaka Sacas, and to the south Akasaka Intercity Air, as well as Toranomon Hills futher south on Sotobori Dori. If you go far enough south on Sotobori Dori, you will end up in Shimbashi near the Shimbashi JR station. Tokyo Metro Ginza Line 08 also stops there.

There is also a very cool small backstreet lined with shopping, restaurants, and hotels one street west of the Bic Camera building which you can enter at 35°40’39.74″N 139°44’10.63″E. Well worth a look.

Roppongi Hills and Ark Hills are just a few miles further west.

A massive Family Mart at 35°40’24.39″N, 139°44’19.62″E, and a Japan Post office right across the street from that.

First Cabin Akasaka is also close by (35°40’22.56″N, 139°44’15.66″E).

Sotobori-Dori west of central gov’t buildings shown above, to the south of the museum.


All eyes on Akasaka


Akasaka Sacas

Akasaka Sacas @ tripadvisor

First Cabin Akasaka