- September 14, 2021 (Tue) - October 17, 2021 (Sun)
- Asian Gallery (Toyokan)
- Mondays (except for September 20) and September 21.
- Adults: 1,000 yen
University students: 500 yen
High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70: Free
*Special exhibitions require separate ticketing procedure and admission fees.
*Persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge along with one attendant. Please show official ID or other documentation.
*Regular admission is free for persons under 18 and over 70. Please show proof of age (driver's license, passport, etc.) when entering.
*Free admission to the regular exhibitions on September 20 (excluding special exhibitions).
Every year, Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum offers visitors a new viewing experience of the Asian Gallery through a particular theme.
This year’s theme is mythical and imaginary animals, which occupy a major theme in Asian art. The exhibition features a wide range of imaginary creatures, from known ones, such as the legendary bird-like Garuda from India, dragons, and Qilin from China, to unidentified creatures. There are so many kinds of imaginary animals that few of them look alike. This indicates there has been great diversity in the cultures that nurture them. We hope that you will enjoy this tour of imaginary animals from a variety of perspectives.
Major Works in this Exhibition
Angkor period, 12th-13th century
Yotkan, China, 1st-4th century
Excavated at Taranto, Italy, 4th century BC
Reportedly found at Yinxu, Anyang, Henan Province, China, Shang dynasty, 13th–11th century BC
Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Tang dynasty, 7th century
China, Tang dynasty, 8th century
Jingdezhen ware, China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century
Jingdezhen ware, China, Ming dynasty, Wanli era (1573–1620), (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Angkor period, 11th century
All tickets are now timed-entry tickets and must be purchased in advance online. Museum members and other visitors eligible for free admission must also make reservations online.
See visitor information page for more details.