ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture
           You have to wear socks at the time of admission.

Facility Information

About the Building


ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture was once a studio and residence of ASAKURA Fumio (1883-1964), a leading sculptor of modern Japan. The building is now open to the public as a museum exhibiting the collection of ASAKURA's sculptures. Visitors can enjoy viewing the world of ASAKURA and four distinct seasons of Japan.


In 1907, ASAKURA purchased his home in Tennoji where he set up his own studio. He began purchasing additional land in 1928 to extend his residence over the next seven years. ASAKURA himself designed the building, carefully selecting the materials and completing the construction. The building consists of a residential wing of Japanese architecture and a studio wing of Western architecture, built around a Japanese style garden with ponds. It is a unique structure of both Western and Japanese architecture unified and harmonized. ASAKURA named the building "ASAKURA Sculpture School", where he taught his students the modern modelling techniques.

The building was registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property in 2001, and "Former ASAKURA Fumio's Garden", which includes the courtyard garden and roof garden, was designated as a National Place of scenic beauty in 2008.

About ASAKURA Fumio (1883-1964)


ASAKURA Fumio was born in Oita Prefecture in 1883, and moved to Tokyo to stay with his brother and a sculptor, Osao Watanabe, when he was 19 years old. In the following year, 1908, he entered Tokyo Art School (present-day Tokyo University of the Arts) and began studying sculpture. His talent was soon recognized at a competition with his "Statue of Nire Kagenori", a bronze statue of Viscount Kagenori Nire, the admiral in the early Imperial Japanese Navy. After the graduation in 1908, his work "Darkness", won the second prize at The 2th Bunten [Ministry of Education Fine Arts Exhibition] hosted by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, achieving public recognition. His masterpiece "Grave Keeper", which was exhibited at The 4th Bunten, was a major turning point of his sculpture. He began pursuing the realistic style, focusing on modern modelling technique instead of the traditional Japanese carving technique. He was the leading figure not only in the Japanese sculpture world but also in the entire Japanese art world. In 1948, ASAKURA became the first Japanese sculptor to receive the Order of Cultural Merit. He passed away at the age of 81 in 1964.

Visitor Information

You have to wear socks at the time of admission.
Admission Adults ¥500(¥300*)
Primary/Junior/Senior High School Students ¥250(¥150*)
*Special group rate of 20 people or more
Free admission for person presenting disability certificate and his/her caregiver
Hours 9:30am-4:30pm(last admission at 4:00pm)
Closed Mondays and Thursdays
(Open if it is a holiday and close the next day)
December 29-January 3, and on some days for administrative purposes
Address 18-10, Yanaka 7-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Temporary office Phone:+81(03) 3821 4549
Access 5 minutes walk from Nippori Station(North Exit)
<JR Lines/Keisei Line/Nippori-Toneri Liner>
Web site
Cautions You have to wear socks in this museum.
A part of floor is lacquered.Be careful of the more sensitive one.