Viewing the museum architectures is another way of enjoying the Tokyo National Museum. Designated as an Important Cultural Property, Honkan features a characteristic tiled roof, grand staircase and beautiful mosaic lounge walls.
Topped with green domes, Hyokeikan is another Important Cultural property.
A pair of “A-un” style lions (One lion opening its mouth to pronounce the sound “a” while the other closes it to represent the last Sanskrit syllable“ hum” ) siting at the entrance shows integration of Japanese elements into western style architecture. Also an Important Cultural Property, visitors can observe a distinctive architectural style of Edo period at the“ Kuromon” Black Gate which was relocated from the residence of feudal Ikeda family.