Yamada Yoji Museum
A Museum in Memorial to One of Japan’s Iconic Film Directors, Yamada Yoji
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.
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)
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Health and Sanitation Measures
A temperature measurement upon entry.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizing.
Use of face masks.
Filling out an entry form. (a contact method in case of an outbreak)
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 6-22-19 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
- 03-3657-3455 (same as Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum)
- 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)
(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
(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)