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Japan: Courts and Culture


The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

  • Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Friday, 8 Apr 2022 - Sunday, 26 Feb 2023)

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... an exquisite, intricate, truly diverting parade of treasures ★★★★

The Telegraph

The Royal Collection holds some of the most significant examples of Japanese art and design in the western world. For the first time, highlights from this outstanding collection are brought together to tell the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families. The exhibition includes rare pieces of porcelain and lacquer, samurai armour, embroidered screens and diplomatic gifts from the reigns of James I to Queen Elizabeth II. Together, they offer a unique insight into the worlds of ritual, honour and artistry linking the courts and cultures of Britain and Japan.

Exhibition Highlights

Japan [Asia]

Samurai armour

Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Two sake bottles

Shirayama Shosai (1853-1923)

Lacquer box decorated with a heron

Japan [Asia]

Folding screen

Royal Collection Shop

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Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

The nearest train stations are London Victoria (10 minute walk) or London Charing Cross (20 minute walk). 

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

The nearest tube stations are Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner (all approximately 10 minutes walk).  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.