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Exhibition

Japan: Courts and Culture

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

  • Next event: Saturday, 25 Jun 2022
    Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Friday, 8 Apr 2022 - Sunday, 26 Feb 2023)
  • Adult £17.00
    Young Person (18-24) £11.00
    Child (5-17) / Disabled £9.00
    Under 5 Free
  • Please see our COVID-19 information page for more details on our safety measures and procedures.
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)
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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 Her Majesty The Queen. Together, they offer a unique insight into the worlds of ritual, honour and artistry linking the courts and cultures of Britain and Japan.

Explore the Exhibition

Japan [Asia]

Samurai armour

Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Two female figures

Shirayama Shosai (1853-1923)

Lacquer box decorated with a heron

Japan [Asia]

Folding screen

Shop the Exhibition

An exclusive new collection of products inspired by the art and culture of Japan. See the full range.

Noodle Bowl

Beautifully decorated and ideal for a traditional Japanese meal

Pocket Mirror

Intricately detailed and perfect for handbags

Sake Bottle

Crafted from ceramic materials, for serving Japan's national drink

Silk Scarf

Designed exclusively for the exhibition by Rory Hutton

What's On

Map & directions

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

London Victoria.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  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.