Special Exhibition 1F

The Pioneers -Masters of Edo Painting-


Restriction of the number of visitors in order to prevent overcrowding (please check the museum website and Twitter accounts (Japanese only) for information about admission restrictions).

Edo-Tokyo Museum Official Twitter


 Exhibition outline

In the Edo period, painters who broke with conventional wisdom and sought out the challenge of novel and unique forms of expression were active all over Japan, and they can be considered “pioneer” artists. As well as painters known for their radical, intense personalities, such as Ito Jakuchu, Nagasawa Rosetsu, Soga Shohaku, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, among others, who have gained increased attention in recent times, the exhibition also includes challenging new expressions from artists such as Tawaraya Sotatsu, Ogata Korin, Maruyama Okyo, and others often described as “mainstream” in conventional histories of Edo-era painting. This exhibition introduces the uniquely characterful works of 35 pioneering painters selected from all over Japan, from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. This special exhibition is ideal for 2020, when Tokyo will attract the world’s gaze.


 Outline of event

Exhibition period: Saturday, April 25  Tuesday, June 2 to Sunday, June 21, 2020

Location: Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1st Floor Special Exhibition Room (1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Phone: 03-3626-9974 (switchboard)


  • 3-minute walk from West Exit of Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line
  • 1-minute walk from A3 or A4 Exit of Ryogoku Station (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae), Toei Subway Oedo Line
  • Toei bus: 錦27, 両28, 門33, 墨38 bus routes
    Sumida City circulation bus “Sumida Hyakkei Sumimarukun / Sumirinchan (Southern Route)”
    Get off at “Toei Ryogoku Eki-mae (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae)” and walk 3 minutes.


Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (until 7:30 pm on Saturdays) * Admission until 30 minutes before close

Days Closed: Mondays (however, exhibitions will be open on May 4 and 18)


Admission fee (incl. tax)

Special exhibition ticket

Special exhibition & permanent exhibition ticket

Special exhibition advance sale ticket


1,400 yen (1,120 yen)

1,600 yen (1,280 yen)

1,200 yen

University & technical school students

1,120 yen (890 yen)

1,280 yen (1020 yen)

920 yen

Junior high school students (from outside Tokyo), high school students, those aged 65 years and older

700 yen (560 yen)

800 yen (640 yen)

500 yen

Elementary & junior high school students (from Tokyo)

700 yen (560 yen)

None (none)

500 yen

*The parentheses (   ) indicate group rates for 20 or more people.


*The special exhibition admission fee is free in the following cases. Preschool children. Anyone who has a physical disability certificate, intellectual disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, mental health and welfare certificate, or an official designation as an atomic bomb survivor, as well as their attending caregivers (up to two people).


*There is no special exhibition & permanent exhibition ticket for elementary school students and junior high school students who live or study in Tokyo because the permanent exhibition admission fee is free for them.


*Junior high school, high school, university, and technical school students are required to present a student ID card, and those aged 65 and over are required to present proof of age (health insurance card, driver’s license, etc.).


*On Silver Days (May 20 and June 17), special exhibition admission is free of charge for those over 65 years old. Please present proof of your age.


*Advance tickets will be on sale from Saturday, February 8 to Friday, April 24.  From Saturday, April 25, advance tickets will be sold at the same price as same-day tickets during the exhibition period.


*Ticket sales: Edo-Tokyo Museum, major ticket agencies, convenience stores, etc. (Special and permanent exhibition tickets sold only at the Edo-Tokyo Museum)


* Some exhibits may be switched out during the exhibition period.


■ Exhibition Catalog

A list of exhibits is currently under preparation.