The Ōta Memorial Museum of Art is dedicated to ukiyo-e art prints from some of the nation’s leading artists. Just a stone’s throw away from Takeshita Street in Harajuku, this museum brings a touch of traditional Japanese art to a neighborhood better known for it’s kawaii vibes.

The museum was opened in 1980, and it hasn’t changed much since then. It’s quite small, with just two display rooms over two floors. But it’s got a calm atmosphere, and genuinely interesting displays. Plus, in the center of the first floor room is a rock garden that is just lovely.


The Ōta Memorial Museum of Art shows one exhibition at a time, arranged around a theme. For example, past exhibits include “Cats in Ukiyo-e” and “Beautiful Women in Kimono.” Each exhibition lasts for one to two months.

Museum facilities

This museum doesn’t have much in the way of facilities. There are bathrooms on the basement floor and you can buy a small selection of goods like postcards and stickers from the ticket counter. There is a small shop selling furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths) in the same building, but it’s not officially part of the museum.

How to buy tickets for Ōta Memorial Museum of Art

You can buy tickets for the museum in person. The entry price is different depending on the exhibition, usually ranging from ¥800 to ¥1,200. Prices and exhibit schedules are available on the museum’s website. There are discounted prices for university and highschool students. Junior high school students and younger usually get in for free.

How to get to Ōta Memorial Museum of Art

Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station is about a 1-minute walk from the museum. Or Harajuku Station is just 3 minutes away.

Things to do nearby

There are lots of things to do in Harajuku. You can sample sweet treats, take a wander down Takeshita Street, or even pop over to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingū Shrine.

Frequently asked questions

How long do you need for the Ōta Memorial Museum of Art?

One to two hours is enough for this museum.

Does the museum have English information?

The museum has some signage in English. There are signs in English explaining the museum rules which is probably the most important thing. Some displays have information in English and Japanese, but not all.

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