As home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan, we invite you to see the masterworks in our galleries, visit inspiring exhibitions, and take a stroll through the Japanese Garden.

Want more? Sign up for a Japanese-inspired lecture, or take in an artist demonstration.

Visit Exhibitions

Through August 9, 2015
Gund Gallery, LG31
More than 200 works from the MFA’s outstanding collection by 19th-century genius Katsushika Hokusai, including the iconic Great Wave

In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11
Through July 12, 2015
Foster Gallery, 158
Nearly 100 contemporary photographs created in response to Japan’s triple disaster

Playing with Paper: Japanese Toy Prints
Through July 19, 2015
Gallery 278A
Board games, paper dolls, cut-out dioramas, and pictorial riddles

Explore Galleries

Japanese Buddhist Temple Room
Gallery 279
One of the most dramatic spaces in the Museum, ideal for meditation

Arts of Japan
Gallery 280
More than 130 Japanese works dating from the fifth century through present day, showcasing paintings, textiles, and traditional and contemporary decorative arts

Japanese Garden Tenshin-en
Garden of the Heart of Heaven
Opens April 24, 2015
A serene oasis, and a living work of art, featuring 70 species of Japanese and American plants

Art in Bloom
April 25–27, 2015
A pairing of fine art and floral interpretations. Includes flower-arranging demonstrations, lectures, and family fun-all with a Japanese flair

Enjoy Lectures and Demonstrations

Dive deeper into Japanese culture. Highlights include a lecture by photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, a symposium on disaster and relief, and a sociable Remix session: Sake and Hokusai

The Pivot: 19th-Century Japan
Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30 pm, Remis Auditorium, 161
This 5-part course covers the dramatic changes in Japan throughout the 19th century. Tickets for individual sessions are available.

  • April 8, “Cultural History of Late Tokugawa Japan”
  • April 15, “Hokusai: The End of an Era”
  • April 29, “Meiji Japan Finds Its Place in the World”
  • May 6, “What Did Tourists See in 19th-Century Japanese Photographs?”
  • May 13, “Bostonians in 19th-Century Japan: The Formation of the MFA Collection”

Naoya Hatakeyama: Personal Landscapes
April 22, 7–8 pm, Remis Auditorium, 161
One of Japan’s leading contemporary photographers explores the relationship between urbanization and the natural world.

Sake and Hokusai
May 1, 6:30–9 pm, Sharf Visitor Center
Spend an evening with the “Hokusai” curator, then enjoy sake and bento boxes.

Inspiration in the Face of Adversity: Humanitarians and Artists
May 17, 1–4 pm, Remis Auditorium, 161
An afternoon discussion of how humankind responds in the face of adversity.

Gilded-Age Bostonians and Old Japan
June 10, 7–8 pm
Author Christopher Benfey explores the “ironic love affair” between Bostonians and Japan.

Japanese Tea Ceremony
July 8, 2–5:30 pm
A demonstration of a 400-year-old tradition set in our newly renovated Japanese Garden.

Artists Demonstrations
Drop in for a demonstration and ask questions about woodblock printmaking.
Japanese Woodblock Prints
Sundays, Noon–3 pm, Druker Family Pavilion
April 5, 12, and 19, May 10 and 17

Artist Toolbox Cart
Stop by the Artist Toolbox Cart to get a closer look at the tools and materials that printmakers use.
Saturdays, 11 am–4 pm, Outside Gund Gallery, LG31
April 11–August 8 (except July 4)