Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum

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Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum

Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum is the one and only museum in the world that displays Kamigata Ukiyo-e regularly. It is located in front of Hozen Temple in Namba, Osaka. It is a small and modest 4-storied art museum. From the second floor to the fourth floor, there are special exhibition of Kamigata Ukiyo-e. Visitors can see the displays of the actual woodblocks and the tools used to make ukiyo-e along with photos of Dotonbori (one of the symbolic cities of Osaka) in the beginning of Showa Era. They also can enjoy the activity of making ukiyo-e. This special exhibition display of about 30 Ukiyo-e are changed every three months. You can purchase the pictorial records and ukiyo-e goods in the gift shop on the first floor. Gift shops are free to enter so you can just stop by for the gifts.

Kamigata Ukiyo-e

Kamigata Ukiyo-e are the ukiyo-e that were made mainly in Osaka from the late Edo Period (1603-1868) to the beginning of the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Most of them depict Kabuki actors from the Dotonbori Kabuki drama. There are a few of the "Bijin-ga" (Beautiful woman) or "Fukei-ga" (scenery), which is another popular ukiyo-e within the Edo Ukiyo-e. A special point about Kamigata Ukiyo-e is that it does not beautify the actors; instead, they are depicted with humanity. Foreigners know Kamigata Ukiyo-e as "OSAKA PRINTS". These pieces of art are collected and housed in museums around the world, including the British Museum.


Train: The nearest station is Namba Station (Yotsubashi Line, Mido-suji Line, Sennichimae Line of Osaka City Subway, or Nankai Railway Nankai Line), Osaka Namba Station (Nara Line of Kinki Nihon Railway), or JR Namba Station. It is a 5 minute walk from Namba Station. Parking: Not available. Public transportation is recommended.

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Description: Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum

Sights Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum (上方浮世絵館)
Address 1-6-4 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone / Fax Phone: 06-6211-0303 / Fax: 06-6211-0393
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Tuesday:11:00-18:00 (Last entry by: 17:30)
Wednesday:11:00-18:00 (Last entry by: 17:30)
Thursday:11:00-18:00 (Last entry by: 17:30)
Friday:11:00-18:00 (Last entry by: 17:30)
Saturday:11:00-18:00 (Last entry by: 17:30)
Sunday:11:00-18:00 (Last entry by: 17:30)
Closed dates Monday
Admission Fee Pay admission: 500yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum