“The Inca Empire Revealed: Century After the Machu Picchu ‘Discovery’”


by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Built in the 15th century by the Inca emperor Pachacuti, Machu Picchu in Peru is often referred to as “the lost city of the Incas.” This exhibition introduces visitors to the history of the Inca civilization through roughly 160 artifacts, most of which are being shown in Japan for the first time.

Three academic disciplines — archaeology, anthropology, and historical science — have been brought together to document the rise of the Inca Empire to its submission to Spanish conquistadors in 16th century. Cutting-edge 3-D technology has also been used to create an on-screen virtual trip to Machu Picchu, where visitors can experience a birds-eye view of the actual site; till June 24.

National Museum of Nature and Science; (03) 3822 0111; 7-20, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo; Ueno Station, JR Yamanote Line; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,400. Closed Mon. www.kahaku.go.jp.