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Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum


Cherry blossoms can only be seen for a few days each year and are a well-known symbol of spring in Japan. The annual event Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum features famous works of art celebrating cherry blossoms. Make the most of springtime in Japan at the Tokyo National Museum! 

Finding Cherry Blossoms in the Japanese Gallery (Honkan)

*All the works are in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum.


Honkan Room 12, March 12–June 2   
Box for the Ten-Round Incense Game, with Cherry Blossoms
Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mrs. Yoshida Tomiko)
Implements for the ceremonial game of incense were stored in this box, to form a set. The design features flowers in a variety of shapes and attractive coloring.
(Right screen)
Honkan Room 7, February 20–April 7  
Dog-Chasing Competition (Inuoumono)
Edo period, 17th century
These folding screens feature a traditional contest to improve archery etiquette. The depiction of the everyday customs of the spectators is also a highlight.
Honkan Room 10, March 12–April 14
Viewing Cherry Blossoms at Sensōji Temple
By Chōbunsai Eishi, Edo period, 18th century
Honkan Room 10, March 5–April 21
Long-Sleeved Kimono (Furisode) with Weeping Cherry Trees, Chrysanthemums, and Paper Strips
Edo period, 18th century
Honkan Room 10, March 12–April 14 
Woman under a Cherry Blossom Tree
By Kawamata Tsuneyuki, Edo period, 18th century
Honkan Room 13, March 12–June 2
Set of Dishes with Weeping Cherry Trees
Nabeshima ware, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Yoneda Minoru and Ms. Yoneda Chieko)
Honkan Room 10, March 5–April 21
Gift Cover (Fukusa) with Chickens, Cherry Blossoms, and a Drum
Edo period, 19th century
Honkan Room 8, February 6–April 21
Gourd-Shaped Sake Bottle
By Funada Ikkin, Edo period, 1843

Opening of the Garden


The northern side of the garden, where you can see 10 kinds of cherry blossoms, including Yoshino cherries, is currently open to the public.

9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • *Please note that the area may be closed or restricted due to bad weather or maintenance.
  • *The teahouses cannot be entered.

General Information


March 12, 2024 (Tue) - April 7, 2024 (Sun)  
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Open until 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (Last admission 30 minutes before closing.)
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) and Museum Garden
Mondays (Except for March 25)
Adults: 1000 yen
University students: 500 yen

*Special exhibitions require a separate ticketing procedure.
*Admission is free for senior high/junior high/elementary school students and persons under 18 and over 70 years of age (please show proof of age when entering).
*Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).

Related Exhibition

  1. Painting and Calligraphy | 16th–19th century
  2. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 8
    February 20, 2024 (Tue) - April 7, 2024 (Sun)

  3. The Arts of the Imperial Court | 8th–16th century
  4. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 3
    February 20, 2024 (Tue) - April 7, 2024 (Sun)

  5. Paintings on Folding Screens and Sliding Doors | 16th–19th century
  6. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 7
    February 20, 2024 (Tue) - April 7, 2024 (Sun)

  7. Sculpture
  8. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 11
    January 2, 2024 (Tue) - April 7, 2024 (Sun)

  9. The Arts of Buddhism | 8th–16th century
  10. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 3
    February 20, 2024 (Tue) - April 7, 2024 (Sun)

  11. The Art of Ukiyo–e | 17th–19th century
  12. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 10
    March 12, 2024 (Tue) - April 14, 2024 (Sun)

  13. Decorative Arts | 16th–19th century
  14. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 8
    February 6, 2024 (Tue) - April 21, 2024 (Sun)

  15. The Art of Fashion | 17th–19th century
  16. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 10
    March 5, 2024 (Tue) - April 21, 2024 (Sun)

  17. Metalwork
  18. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 13
    February 6, 2024 (Tue) - May 6, 2024 (Mon)

  19. Swords
  20. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 13
    March 5, 2024 (Tue) - May 26, 2024 (Sun)

  21. Lacquerware
  22. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 12
    March 12, 2024 (Tue) - June 2, 2024 (Sun)

  23. Ceramics
  24. Japanese Gallery (Honkan)-Room 13
    March 12, 2024 (Tue) - June 2, 2024 (Sun)