Museum of the Imperial Collections
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Museum of the Imperial Collections
Museum of the Imperial Collections
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Museum of the Imperial Collections is located in Japan
Museum of the Imperial Collections
Location of Museum of the Imperial Collections in Japan
Location1-1 Chioyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-0001
Coordinates35°41?11?N 139°45?33?E / 35.686302°N 139.759247°E / 35.686302; 139.759247
TypeArt museum
Collection sizeca. 9,500 pieces
OwnerJapanese Imperial Household Agency
Public transit access?temachi Station (Tokyo), Tokyo Metro Toei Subway
Website[1](in Japanese)

The Museum of the Imperial Collections Sannomaru-Sh?z?kan () is located on the grounds of the East Garden of Tokyo Imperial Palace.[1] It showcases a changing exhibition of a part of the imperial household treasures.


The Museum of the Imperial Collections was conceived during the change from the Sh?wa period (1926 – 1989) to the Heisei period (1989 – 2019) . The Imperial family donated 6,000 pieces of art to the Japanese government in 1989. Many pieces were created by Imperial Household Artists. The museum was opened in 1993 for the study and preservation of the art collection. The collection was further enlarged by the donation of the art collection of Prince Chichibu (1902 – 1953) in 1996, the collection of Kikuko, Princess Takamatsu (1911 – 2004) in 2005, and the collection of Prince Mikasa family in 2014.[1]

The number of items in the collection is 9,800 at present, but the exhibition room is a small room of 160 square meters and the storage room is small. Therefore, the existing museum will be rebuilt and the exhibition room will be expanded to 1,300 square meters. The construction is scheduled to be completed in 2025.[2]

Selected artists

Chinese lions by Kan? Eitoku (16th century)
Old Pine Tree and White Phoenix by It? Jakuch?. Part of the series D?shoku sai-e.

Although the museum houses many masterpieces, none of them are designated as National Treasure or Important Cultural Property because cultural properties owned by the Imperial Family or the Imperial Household Agency (Cultural properties donated to the nation by the Imperial family) are not subject to the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties of Japan.[3]



Modern Nihonga

Sculptures and crafts


  1. ^ a b "Sannomaru Shozokan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections)". Tokyo, Japan: Imperial Household Agency. c. 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ ? Mainichi Shinbun January 13, 2019
  3. ^ ?. p.7 Imperial Household Agency

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