Asakura Museum of Sculpture
This museum is located in the house and workshop of the sculptor Fumio Asakura . Many of Asakura’s sculptures are placed around the house in addition to his books and furnishings. His workshop has high ceilings and a lift to move the sculptures. Cat lovers can see several cat sculptures on the third floor, which formerly served as an orchid room.
This is an excellent opportunity to see a Japanese house and workshop with a beautiful interior garden, which the artist designed himself. The large interior rocks were installed before constructing the rest of the house. Don’t miss the rooftop garden.
An English speaking guide greeted us and gave us a guided tour. There is an English language audio guide and there are two videos with English subtitles. Much of the written information is in Japanese only.
Why is it special?
The house and garden are beautiful and it is an opportunity to learn more about Asakura the artist and his work.
This museum is in the Yanaka area of Tokyo, with older buildings, shops and a famous graveyard. A stop here to see the house and sculptures fits nicely into an afternoon of exploring Yanaka.
How much time?
How much money?
¥500 general admission.
7-18-10 Yanaka, Taito City, Tokyo
5 minute walk from Nippori Station.
9:30 am - 4:30 pm (admission until 4:00 pm)
Mondays and Thursdays. Check the website regarding holiday openings/closures.