Okura Shukokan is an art museum founded by Kihachiro Okura. Since the Meiji Restorasion in 1868, he devoted himself not only to the development of industry and foreign trade in the newly rising Japan, but also made a great contribution to fostering educational and welfare services in the Meiji Era(1868-1912). For him it was a tragedy to see so many of Japan's cultural treasures leaving the country. He, therefore, willingly offered himself as a guardian and promoter of our original culture, and eventually donated to the public a mass of cultural property which he had collected during an expanse of over half a century since the Restoration, together with land , buildings, and supporting funds. This is the Foundation called the Okura Shukokan, established in August, 1917. It was indeed a forerunner of private art museums in Japan.
Having been established at this time, this museum was exposed to the Great Earthquake and fire of 1923, and a vast quantity of its collection was lost to us. However, renewed efforts were made under the direction of Dr. Chuta Ito, to reconstruct a new quake-and-fire-proof gallery, which was opened to the public in October, 1928. The museum, containing original items which escaped the catastrophe together with additions made since that time, was thus restored.
Kishichiro Okura, who acted in accordance with the will of the deceased Kihachiro, gave generous support to the maintenance of the gallery during and after World War II. He personally donated a large amount of important cultural property which he himself had collected during his lifetime, which constitute a substantial addition to the bequeathed wealth of the museum.
The collection consists of about 2500 works of art, and about 1000 volumes of books. The entire collection includes 3 National Treasures, 12 Important Cultural Properties, and 44 Important Art Objects.
Kihachiro Okura(right) The Okura Shukokan(Okura museun of art)
|Address||2-10-3 Tranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 〒105-0001（In front of Hotel Okura Tokyo Main building)|
|TEL/FAX||03-3583-0781 / 03-3583-3831|
|Oparating hours||10:00am〜4:30pm（admission until 4:00pm）
Closed on Mondays and for the New Year's holidays (please note that when Monday falls on a holiday, the museum will be open).
Special gift certificate sets for use at Hotel Okura Tokyo bars and restaurants are also available:
- Okura Shukokan admission ticket + dessert gift certificate (coffee & cake set) ¥1,800
- Okura Shukokan admission ticket + lunch gift certificate (special Shukokan menu) ¥3,300
Special gift certificates are available at the following locations:
- Terrace Restaurant, Dining Cafe Camellia, Orchid Bar, Bar Highlander , Chinese Table Starlight (lunch set only)
These gift certificate sets may be obtained either at the Okura Shukokan or at the restaurants listed above. All tickets and gift certificates are valid for six months from the date of purchase.
Terrace Restaurant menu includes:
Soup, Main(Fish or Meat), Sherbet and Coffee
Dining Cafe Camellia menu includes:
Soup, Main, Bread or Rice,Dessert and Coffee
Orchid Bar menu includes:
Soup, Salad, Main, Dessert and Coffee
Bar Highlander menu includes:
Soup, Fish & chips, sandwich or toast and Coffee
Chinese Table Starlight menu includes:
Soup, Chinese plate, Chinese risotto and Dessert