Historic buildings and outdoor sculptures, including the Black Gate and Azekura Repository, are always on view on the Tokyo National Museum grounds.
(Only on days the museum is open. Admission fee is required to enter the museum grounds.)
This main gate used to adorn the main Edo (present-day Tokyo) residence of the feudal family of Ikeda, rulers over the Inshu country (present-day Okayama prefecture), located in the Marunouchi Daimyokoji lane (present-day Marunouchi 3 Chome). In the early Meiji period, the gate was transferred to the Crown Prince's residence, before being moved again to prince Takamatsu's Villa and further to the Tokyo National Museum in 1954. The construction date of this gate remains unclear, yet judging from the architectural style and technique employed, late Edo period or 19th century seems likely. The large roof is in hipped-gable style, with two smaller roofs with undulating bargeboards on each end sheltering the guards' chambers. As a main feudal residence gate, this one and Akamon ("Red Gate") of the Tokyo University are the most representative specimens in Japan.
10:00-16:00 Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays and January 2 and 3 only Visitors can walk through the historic gate.
* The opening of the Kuromon may be cancelled due to bad weather conditions.
Image of the interior wall paintings taken with 360-degree camera is available.View the interior wall paintings of Azekura Repository