• Taisho Roman x Hyakudan Kaidan
  • Taisho Roman x Hyakudan Kaidan

Taisho Roman x Hyakudan Kaidan
The Romanticism of Taisho period

~Japan’s literary lights invite you into a world of nostalgia~

Open every day from Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, June 11, 2023

The years between the Meiji era (1868–1912), through the Taisho era (1912–26), and into the early years of the Showa era (1926–89) produced many wonderful works of literature.
The works of great authors of the period, such as Junichiro Tanizaki, Kyoka Izumi, and Osamu Dazai, have an everlasting appeal to many fans, even in the present day.
Hyakudan Kaidan, now a Tokyo Metropolitan Area designated tangible cultural property, was completed in 1935, which was the tenth year of the Showa period.
Seven rooms, connected by a staircase corridor, were adorned with the works of some of Japan’s most celebrated artists of the day, completing a building of such dazzling splendor that it came to be known as “the Palace of the Dragon King of the Showa era.”
At this exhibition, visitors can view three-dimensional representations of the worlds found in the tales fantastical space of the early Showa Hyakudan Kaidan.
The exhibition also features the collaborative series, Otome no Hondana [Bookshelf of a young girl] (Rittorsha), a series of books in which some of today’s most popular illustrators have provided illustrations for the famous works of Japan’s leading authors. Visitors can view the tales spun by those literary legends alongside the illustrations, and items found in some of those works also appear in three-dimensional form.
As you step into each room, you will feel as if you are turning the pages of a book as you experience the worlds created by those great writers.

Exhibition Highlights

Experience numerous literary masterpieces that adorn modern literary history in the surrounds of the cultural property.

Himitsu [Secrets], by Junichiro Tanizaki, illustrated by Hiromi Matsuo

Also, experience the worlds of the great writers, brought to life by popular illustrators and manga artists.

Note: Photographs are for illustrative purposes only.

Perfect for a day out wearing a kimono! The atmosphere of Taisho romanticism offers many charming backdrops for photographs.

Otome no Hondana [Bookshelf of a young girl] Series

A new kind of collaborative series in which the immortal works of Japan’s great modern authors have been reprinted with original, exclusive illustrations by popular illustrators and manga artists of the present day. With the concept of “bringing kawaii to masterpieces,” this popular series of books can be enjoyed both as novels and as collections of beautiful pictures.
Publisher: Rittorsha

Exhibition Overview


March 25 to June 11, 2023

* Open everyday during exhibition period.
■Opening hours
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (last entry: 5:30 p.m.)
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Government designated Tangible Cultural Property “Hyakudan Kaidan -The Hundred Stairs-”

Ticket Information

Public Holidays
General ¥1,200¥1,500

· Student ID must be presented. Children of preschool age are admitted free of charge.
· Weekends/Public holidays prices apply from Wednesday, May 3 to Friday, May 5.
· Prices include consumption tax.

OnlineAt venue
Same day
Date and time specified
With goods
■Ticket office
· Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
· Online Ticket Sale (English)
· Admission tickets can be purchased in advance through the official online ticket website or at the venue on the day.
· Discounts are available for visitors who present a disability passbook. (Price includes admission for one accompanying carer. Please enquire at the ticket office on the day of your visit.)
· Contents of the exhibition are subject to change.

Requests to Visitors

· Movement between rooms within the facility is by stairs. Wheelchairs, mobility walkers, and strollers cannot be used.
· As the venue rooms have tatami floors, visitors are asked to remove their shoes before entering.
· Visitors are welcome to take photographs of the exhibition but are requested to comply with the following.
· Please refrain from the use of flashes, lights, tripods, and selfie sticks.
· Photography for commercial purposes is not permitted.
· Behavior that could threaten the safety of the exhibits, such as approaching the exhibits too closely with photographic equipment, is not permitted.
· Please be considerate of other visitors.
· Please do not bring large bags, umbrellas, etc. inside the exhibition venue. Bags may be left at the bellhop desk at the front entrance, and umbrellas may be placed in the umbrella stand.
· Please refrain from eating or drinking inside the exhibition venue. Visitors are also not permitted to bring hazardous items, odorous items, or raw foods into the venue.