The largest collection of Japanese art in the world with rotating displays that ensure a different experience with each visit; the galleries cover Japan’s history with old clothing, samurai gear, swords, lacquerware, woodblock prints, and a multitude of other pieces.
The museum features four main galleries. The Main Gallery features Buddhist sculpture and martial implements such as armor and swords. Older ceramics, scrolls, paintings and textiles are also featured in the gallery. The Main Gallery also houses the reception area.
The Hyokeikan Gallery focuses on archeological treasures of Japan. The displays include objects unearthed from burial grounds (a good guide to daily life in old Japan) and a room dedicated to the Ainu (an indigenous group located on the island of Hokkaido).
The Gallery of Eastern Antiquities moves beyond the boundaries of Japan. Artifacts from countries as diverse as Egypt and Iran sit beside the Korean and Chinese works. Chinese works represent the largest portion of displayed pieces.
The final gallery, The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, is only open to the public on Thursdays (and only on those days when no rain is anticipated). The treasures on display come from the Horyuji Temple and are notable for their antiquity and view of Japanese religious artifacts.