Toguri Museum of Art
In a nutshell
Do you like Japanese porcelain and want to learn more about it? This museum’s collection highlights Imari ware created in Arita (formerly Hizen province) beginning in the 1600s. Of the museums three gallery spaces, one is dedicated to explaining the different styles/stages of Imari ware. The other two rooms are exhibition spaces, usually focusing on one specific stage or themes that run across stages, such as flower and plant designs.
The exhibition space is on the second floor, with three larger gallery rooms and smaller display areas. The first floor has a large seating area with free tea and a view of a beautiful garden. There is also a small gift shop with books and porcelain pieces.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The gallery with basic information about Imari ware has explanations of the various Imari ware styles in English and about a third of the extended captions are in English. About half of the extended captions in the exhibition space are in English. The museum’s sign is in Japanese only but it’s easy to find using Google maps.
Photos are not allowed.
The museum includes nice touches to really explain and demonstrate features of this type of porcelain, including mirrors or photographs to see the back of the pieces and various small illustrations to describe the creation or design of some pieces.
Anyone who enjoys the beauty of Japanese porcelain and wants to learn more about its origins and history.
How far out?
About a 15 minute walk from central Shibuya bus stops and metro/JR stations.
How much time?
About an hour.
How much money?
¥1,000 for general admission. The website has a ¥200 discount coupon.
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely worth checking out the next time you’re in Shibuya.