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Sen-oku Hakko Kan (Sumitomo Collection)

  • 24 Miyanomae-cho Map It
  • Sakyo-ku

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The very fine Sen-oku Hakko Kan museum exhibits ancient Chinese bronzes collected over three decades by Kichizaemon Sumitomo (1865–1926), the 15th head of the family behind the 400-year-old Sumitomo Corporation. Following the collapse of Qing Dynasty in 1912, many of China's treasures appeared in foreign markets, enabling Kichizaemon to amass the largest collection outside China. The museum's strongest suits are objects crafted during the Shang and Zhou periods (1600–221 BC), though the holdings include more recent items such as ritual implements, musical instruments, mirrors, bells, and calligraphy. The museum closes in winter and when new exhibitions are being installed, so call or check website before coming.

Sight Information


24 Miyanomae-cho, Shishigatani, Kyoto, 606-8431, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥800
  • Mid-Mar.–mid-July and early-Sept.–late-Nov., Tues.–Sun. 10:30–5 and Mon. national holidays (and then closed Tues.); open at other times for special exhibitions

Published 12/10/2015


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