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Yamada Yoji Museum

A Museum in Memorial to One of Japan’s Iconic Film Directors, Yamada Yoji

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The Yamada Yoji Museum revolves around film director Yamada Yoji, who directed numerous films, including the famous “The Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man)” that was set in Katsushika Shibamata. The building was renovated to make it bright and open, and it was reopened in 2019. A stunning lifelike bronze statue of Yamada Yoji is on display right when you enter the museum.
Between 1969 and 2019, Yamada Yoji has directed and written the script for most of the film series “The Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man),” which spans 50 films including special cuts. He is also the creator of “Tora-san,” and it is no exaggeration to say that he has made Katsushika Shibamata into a location any Japanese would know.
The museum displays these 50 years of work and equipment used, giving visitors a taste of the commitment that Yamada Yoji, who was active throughout the industry’s prime, has for film. Guests can enjoy watching trailers of his films in a nostalgic old movie theater atmosphere in “Shibamata Kinema,” located toward the back of the building.
After enjoying a day at the Katsushika ShibamataTora-san Museum and Yamada Yoji Museum, you can further immerse yourself in the world of “The Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man)” by relaxing at the “TORAsan cafe” attached to the museum.

Highlights

  • A museum about Yamada Yoji, one of Japan’s leading film directors, who directed “The Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man).”
  • Displays include filming equipment that was actually used during.
  • Visitors can get a feel for the director’s passion for his work as well as the depth and appeal of filmmaking through 9 groups of exhibits.
  • The creative works of the multi-talented Yamada Yoji are introduced, including not only films, but television and drama works as well.
  • The museum features a stunning bronze statue of Yamada Yoji.
  • Visitors can enjoy the world of “The Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man)” while relaxing at the “TORAsan cafe” attached to the museum. (Drinks charged separately)

Photos

  • Entrance to the museum
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    Entrance to the museum 🄫Yamada Yoji Museum 🄫Shochiku Co.,Ltd.

  • Interior 
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    Interior 🄫Yamada Yoji Museum 🄫Shochiku Co.,Ltd.

  • Film equipment that supported director Yamada Yoji’s film making
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    Film equipment that supported director Yamada Yoji’s film making 🄫Yamada Yoji Museum 🄫Shochiku Co.,Ltd.

  • Enjoy watching film trailers in a nostalgic old movie theater atmosphere at “Shibamata Kinema”
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    Enjoy watching film trailers in a nostalgic old movie theater atmosphere at “Shibamata Kinema” 🄫Yamada Yoji Museum 🄫Shochiku Co.,Ltd.

  • Admire the creative works of multi-talented Yamada Yoji, including film, television, drama, and displays of award trophies
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    Admire the creative works of multi-talented Yamada Yoji, including film, television, drama, and displays of award trophies 🄫Yamada Yoji Museum 🄫Shochiku Co.,Ltd.

  • Yamada Yoji bronze statue
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    Yamada Yoji bronze statue 🄫Yamada Yoji Museum 🄫Shochiku Co.,Ltd.

  • Exit left out of the Yamada Yoji Museum to enter “TORAsan cafe”

    Exit left out of the Yamada Yoji Museum to enter “TORAsan cafe”

  • Relax at the cafe after visiting the museum

    Relax at the cafe after visiting the museum

Reviews

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  • Rise

    山田洋次导演是我最崇敬的日本导演之一。因为以前听一位日本朋友说过,他在一次电影发表会上有幸得到大师的签名。据这位朋友说,大师非常谦和,一点也没有大艺术家的架子,所以我对这位大导演又多了几分亲切感。这次有机会来到这座山田洋次纪念馆觉得非常荣幸。好像又与这位敬仰已久的大师走进了一步o(* ̄▽ ̄*)o
    馆内陈设的展品非常充实,让人对大师孜孜不倦的追求与执着的精神更生钦佩之意。而且似乎能透过众多的展品感觉到大导演的身影。是一座令人印象深刻的博物馆。

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Health and Sanitation Measures

  • A temperature measurement upon entry.

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizing.

  • Use of face masks.

  • Social distancing.

  • Filling out an entry form. (a contact method in case of an outbreak)

Details

Name in Japanese
山田洋次ミュージアム
Postal Code
125-0052
Address
6-22-19 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Telephone
03-3657-3455 (same as Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum)
Closed
The third Tuesday of the month (closed the following weekday if the third Tuesday falls on a holiday), the third Tuesday through Thursday in December
Business Hours
9:00am-5:00pm (Admission allowed until 4:30pm)
Admission
(Ticket shared with Katsushika ShibamataTora-san Museum)
General admission 500 yen, elementary and junior high school students 300 yen, seniors 400 yen
Groups (over 20 people) general admission 400 yen, elementary and junior high school students 200 yen
Shared tickets for the Katsushika ShibamataTora-san Museum, Yamada Yoji Museum, and Yamamoto-tei: General admission 550 yen, seniors 450 yen, groups 450 yen
Access
(1) About an 8-minute walk from the Keisei Kanamachi Line’s Shibamata Station
(2) About a 12-minute walk from the Hokuso Line’s Shin-Shibamata Station
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)