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Asakura Choso Museum

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 7-18-10 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3821-4549
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Tue - Wed 09:30 - 16:30
Fri - Sun 09:30 - 16:30

This small museum is the former studio of artist Asakura Fumio, the father...

This small museum is the former studio of artist Asakura Fumio, the father of modern Japanese sculpture.

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What an amazing experience!

Definitely an unexpected gem. My family and I went here as part of a walking tour. Honestly we're not that much into art and sculptures so that part was okay. However, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely an unexpected gem. My family and I went here as part of a walking tour. Honestly we're not that much into art and sculptures so that part was okay. However, the Japanese style mansion attached to the studio was amazing. From beautiful rooms and decorations to the spectacular Japanese courtyard garden we were amazed. Lovely place to visit.

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

What a fabulous surprise it was to stumble on this place while trying to navigate to an art gallery (without google maps - no easy task!). It was a hot day and this building of calm and peace really did the trick. An awesome English speaking guide provided wonderful background information on the artist, Asakura Fumio, and his family. I... More 

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Ojai, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Excellent English introductory tour provided in this home and studio of famous Japanese Sculptor. Roof Garden.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

When we visited this museum it was more or less by chance. Most of the guide books do not really cover the importance and charisma of the Yanaka area which still expires the old Edo. And in the middle of this quarter we found this calm and quiet villa of an former sculptor artist family. The exhibited sculptures follow somehow... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This is a treasure. It's got some sculptures but stands out as the home that Asakura Fumio lived and worked in. It reminded me of the home of Jim Ede, Kettles Yard in Cambridge. A house alive with the art in it. Asakura's house is more minimal in Japanese style, set around a stunning water filled quadrant, with sculptures on... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

A place difficult to find, where, I thought before entering, that could be a place of peace in the hot city of Tokyo. And it was quite, until I try to make a drawing in my drawing book. A drawing for pleasure, for myself, for art. A drawing before you fell good. But in this museum drawing is forbidden. In... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

This is a little known gem of a museum/artist's house if you like sculpture. I visited it as part of a Yasaka district walking tour (self-guided), and was so happpily surprised. No only did I enjoy the Western styled sculpture (bronzes), but seeing the beautiful house build cleverly around a center garden and most likely having provided insnpiration to Frank... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

This lovely small museum is located in so-called Yanaka, a part of Tokyo known to retain some measure of mid-20th century charm. Fumio Asakura was a prominent sculpture of the prewar era, known for his sculptures of prominent men, beautiful women, and cats! The house itself is very cool, blending Western and Japanese elements ( I loved the internal garden)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

This was an unexpectedly fun diversion from the typical stops on a whirlwind tour of Tokyo. Visiting this site offered a chance to venture into a residential district that was clearly not in a typically touristy part of town, and then once at the museum, visitors get a glimpse into a very interesting home that marries traditional classic Japanese architecture... More 

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Aomori, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

The museum was home to sculptor Fumio Asakura (1883-1964). The modern building houses several first-rate realist sculptures. The Showa Era house surrounds a very beautiful courtyard garden. Rooftop views onto the Yanaka neighborhood were great. The museum and house were noteworthy on their own, and combining the visit with a stroll through Yanaka made the experience even better. I recommend... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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