Discover one of the world’s most famous artists Katsushika Hokusai and his ukiyo-e masterpieces at the Sumida Hokusai Museum

Discover one of the world’s most famous artists Katsushika Hokusai and his ukiyo-e masterpieces at the Sumida Hokusai Museum

The Sumida Hokusai Museum is a public art museum in Sumida city, Tokyo, opened on November 22, 2016, and dedicated to the life and work of the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. A world-renowned artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was born in Sumida, where this museum is located, and spent almost 90 years of his life in Sumida, where he created many outstanding artworks. Visitors can get a glimpse of Hokusai’s life and love for his hometown, depicted in many of his artworks.



The fourth floor has a permanent exhibition room AURORA. At the entrance, visitors can explore places in today’s Sumida city, deeply related to Hokusai, using touch-screen information guides.

The permanent exhibition room (AURORA) features many high-resolution replicas of Hokusai’s artworks for conservation reasons. Touch panels provide more detailed information about the artist, his workstyle and the atelier setting where many artworks were born.

More space on the third floor is devoted to rotating, special exhibitions for a limited time, providing an in-depth look into Hokusai’s art and his students through original works.

There is also a library and a museum shop. The library is currently required advance reservations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


The Sumida Hokusai Museum’s building itself was designed by Sejima Kazuyo, one of the leading architects in Japan. The walls, made of aluminum panels, shine like mirrors, making the futuristic-looking outer facade blend in well with the scale of the surrounding downtown district. One of the main features is the angular slit that divides the entire building, designed to soften the cut-outs and tune in with its surrounding landscape. Visitors can enjoy a different outer appearance depending on the angle from which it is viewed, season and weather.

Photo by Owashi Yosuke


The information and photographs may not always be up-to-date. Please check the museum’s official website for the latest information before your visit.

Hours 9:30~17:30(Last admission 17:00)
Closed: Mondays (the following day if it is a national holiday) and the New Year’s Holiday
Address 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0014
Access *5-minute walk from the Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station
*9-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit

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