Special Exhibition 1F

The Mount Fuji Challenges: Hokusai and Hiroshige



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This is on view until the end of March 2022.


 Exhibition Outline

Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s most significant masterpieces of ukiyo-e prints, stunned audiences with its vivid blue colors and bold compositions. At the time, Hokusai was over 70 years of age, but still working tirelessly at painting and printmaking. Hiroshige Utagawa, on the other hand, was in his late thirties around the same time. He was no more than an ukiyo-e artist who created landscape paintings, but had experienced no major success. Hiroshige would surely have viewed the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series with astonishment. How did the success of this series help Hiroshige establish his own style of painting? Previous exhibitions have been held to exhibit the Mount Fuji series by Hokusai and Hiroshige, but this exhibition seeks a deeper interpretation—it attempts to present some of the challenges facing Hokusai and Hiroshige, two of Japan’s pre-eminent landscape painters, by exploring their stories. All these works, including all 46 images in the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series, will be exhibited together as the Edo-Tokyo Museum Collection. Through this precious collection, which simply cannot be ignored in any discussion of the history of ukiyo-e, we will introduce several of the endless challenges faced by these two ukiyo-e artists, along with their masterpieces.


 Outline of event

Exhibition period: Saturday, April 24 to Sunday, June 20, 2021

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 *Admission until 30 minutes before close

Days Closed: Mondays (however, exhibitions will be open on April 26 and May 3)


Admission fee (incl. tax) Special exhibition ticket Special exhibition & permanent exhibition ticket Special exhibition advance sale ticket


1,000 yen (800 yen) 1,280 yen (1,020 yen) 800 yen

University & technical school students

800 yen (640 yen) 1,020 yen (810 yen) 640 yen

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

500 yen (400 yen) 640 yen (510 yen) 400 yen

Elementary & junior high school students (from Tokyo)

500 yen (400 yen) None 400 yen


*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.).


*Advance tickets are available for purchase at the Edo-Tokyo Museum ticket counter from March 19 to April 23, 2021.


*Please be aware that the exhibition period, opening hours, admission fees, and various discount services may change depending on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the latest information on the Museum’s website before visiting.