Bunka Gakuen was founded in 1923 and has since developed into Bunka Fashion College and Bunka Gakuen University . Together they have come to represent the core of fashion education and research in Japan , producing a number of outstanding leaders in the fashion industry.

 The Costume Museum was establishes in 1979. The museum relocated to its current site in 2003 in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of Bunka Gakuen. The opening of this museum enabled Bunka Gakuen to realize its long cherished dream of promoting fashion education and research through historical costumes.

 Today the museum is renowned as one of the leading museums in fashion and presents four exhibitions a year under specified themes.

 The mission of the Costume Museum is for visitors to further their understanding of costume cultures throughout the world and to deepen their appreciation of their own respective cultures.


A wide variety of historical costumes and costume-related crafts have been collected for the museum.
Collections from Japan include kosode dresses, noh costumes, modern court costumes as well as commonersf costumes, bags and hair accessories, Shosoin and meibutsu textiles, and formal interior requisites. Collections from Europe include typical style dresses between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, haute couture designer dresses, East European folk costumes, hats, shoes and bags, ancient textiles, and art nouveau glassware. Collections from other countries include clothes and textiles of China, Korea, India, Indonesia, Western Asia, Africa, and South and Central America.
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Enter by 4:00 p.m.)
Closed: Sundays, National Holidays, Year End & New Year
Holidays, Summer Holidays,
Occasionally for changing displays.
One Person Groups (20 people or more)
Adults 500 400
University, College & High School Students 300 200
Elementary & Junior High School Students 200 100
*Special admission fees are charged for special exhibitions.
Map & Transportation
7 minute walk from Shinjuku Station South Exit (JR, Odakyu, and Keio Lines) .
4 minute walk from Shinjuku Station No.6 Exit (Toei Shinjuku and Oedo Lines) .
Next to the underground passage "One day Street" O-1 Exit.
Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum
Shinjuku Bunka Quint Bldg., 3-22-7 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8529, Japan
TEL (+81)03-3299-2387 FAX (+81)03-3299-2602
Bunka Womenfs University / Bunka Fashion Graduate University / Bunka Fashion College
Bunka Institute of Language / Bunka Publishing Bureau / Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum