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Commemorating the 1200th Anniversary of Saichō’s Death
Buddhist Art of the Tendai School

2021 marks the 1200th anniversary of the death of Dengyō Daishi Saichō (767–822), founder of Japan’s Tendai school of Buddhism. Saichō was moved by the Lotus Sutra’s egalitarian teaching that "the path to enlightenment is open for anybody," a doctrine that formed the basis of Tendai Buddhism’s propagation across Japan. Saichō established Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei, an area overlooking Lake Biwa to the east and Kyoto to the west. The temple produced many eminent priests whose diverse teachings would have a major impact on Japanese culture.


On this occasion, the special exhibition Buddhist Art of the Tendai School will be held at the Tokyo National Museum, the Kyushu National Museum, and the Kyoto National Museum over three periods between October 2021 and May 2022. The exhibition traces the history of the Tendai school in Japan, from its founding at Enryaku-ji Temple to the construction of Tōeizan Kan’ei-ji Temple and the establishment of strong ties with the shogunal government during the Edo period (1603–1868). While taking advantage of the regional characteristics of each venue, the exhibition will present treasures passed down throughout Japan and cultural properties that exemplify the concept of universal salvation expressed in the Lotus Sutra.

Overview / Access

Tokyo venue

* Tokyo venue has been closed.

Period

October 12 –November 21, 2021

Venue

Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan

Hours

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed

Mondays

Organizers

Tokyo National Museum, Tendai Buddhist Denomination, Enryaku-ji Temple,
The Yomiuri Shimbun, Agency for Cultural Affairs

With the Special
Sponsorship of

Canon Inc., East Japan Railway Company, JAPAN TOBACCO INC.,
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.

With the
Sponsorship of

SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Takashimaya Co., Ltd., TAKENAKA CORPORATION, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation

With the
Special Support of

Onjō-ji Temple (Mii-dera), Saikyō-ji Temple, Shitennō-ji Temple, Sensō-ji Temple, Hiyoshitaisha Shrine

With the Support of

Nissha Co., Ltd.

General Inquiries

050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)

List of Works(Tokyo venue) Language:English/Download/PDF/878KB

Admission

 

Advance tickets

Same-day tickets

Adults

2,100yen

2,200yen

University students

1,300yen

1,400yen

High school students

900yen

1,000yen

Junior high school students and younger Free

Reserve Advance Tickets by Smartphone with the Art Exhibition JAPAN Ticket App

  • Download on the App Store
  • ANDROID APP ON Google play

Advance tickets can be purchased with the Art Exhibition JAPAN Ticket App (English available) according to the following schedule.

  • * Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Visit date

Reservation start date

October 12 - October 24

12:00, September 27

October 26 - November 7

12:00, October 11

November 9 – November 21

12:00, October 25


A limited number of tickets for same-day viewing are also available for purchase at the exhibition venue without a reservation. However, they may be sold out at the time of your visit.


  • * All visitors must make an online reservation. Museum members and other pass holders along with visitors with disabilities who are eligible for free admission must also make an online reservation.
  • * Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
  • * Special exhibition tickets are package tickets that include admission to the regular exhibitions on the date of entry. Regular Exhibitions do not require an advance reservation to enter. However, the number of visitors allowed inside the building at the same time is restricted.
  • * Entry to the special event held in Hyokeikan, four seasons | nogizaka 46 (September 4-November 28, 2021), requires a separate reservation and admission fee.

Tokyo National Museum

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan


  • 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
  • 15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station

Kyushu venue

Period

February 8 – March 21, 2022

Venue

Kyushu National Museum

4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka, 818-0118

Hours

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed

Mondays (Except for May 21)

Organizers

Kyushu National Museum, Fukuoka Prefecture, Tendai Buddhist Denomination,
Enryaku-ji Temple, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Nishinippon Shimbun Co.,Ltd,
Agency for Cultural Affairs

With the Special
Sponsorship of

Canon Inc., East Japan Railway Company, JAPAN TOBACCO INC.,
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.

With the
Sponsorship of

SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Takashimaya Co., Ltd., TAKENAKA CORPORATION, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation

With the
Special Support of

Onjō-ji Temple (Mii-dera), Saikyō-ji Temple, Shitennō-ji Temple, Sensō-ji Temple, Hiyoshitaisha Shrine, Dazaifu Tenmangu

With the Support of

Nissha Co., Ltd.

General Inquiries

050-5542-8600 (Hello Dial)

Admission

 

Advance tickets

Same-day tickets

Adults

1,700yen

1,900yen

University students and High school students

1,000yen

1,200yen

Junior high school students

600yen

800yen

Access

Kyushu National Museum

4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka, 818-0118


  • 10 minutes' walk from Dazaifu Station
    *If taking the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta line, transfer to the Nishitetsu Dazaifu line at Nishitetsu Futsukaichi station.

Kyoto venue

Period

April 12 – May 22, 2022

Venue

Kyoto National Museum

527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan 605-0931

Hours

-

Closed

-

Organizers

Kyoto National Museum, Tendai Buddhist Denomination, Enryaku-ji Temple,
The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation,
Agency for Cultural Affairs

With the Special
Sponsorship of

Canon Inc., East Japan Railway Company, JAPAN TOBACCO INC.,
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.

With the
Sponsorship of

SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Takashimaya Co., Ltd., TAKENAKA CORPORATION, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation

With the
Special Support of

Onjō-ji Temple (Mii-dera), Saikyō-ji Temple, Shitennō-ji Temple, Sensō-ji Temple, Hiyoshitaisha Shrine

With the Support of

Nissha Co., Ltd.

General Inquiries

075-525-2473 (telephone service)

Access

Kyoto National Museum

527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan 605-0931


  • Via JR or Subway
    Get off at Kyoto Station. From bus platform D2 in front of the station, take City Bus #206 or #208 to "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae" bus stop.
  • Via Keihan Railway
    Get off at Shichijo Station. Walk toward the East along Shichijo Street about seven minutes.
  • Via Hankyu Railway
    Get off at Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station. Walk toward the East over the bridge to the Keihan Railway Gionshijo Station. Take Osaka-bound Keihan train to Shichijo Station. Walk toward the East along Shichijo Street about seven minutes.
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