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  • The National Art Center, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 7-22-2
    This is a museum located in Roppongi with the largest floor area in Japan. It opened in 2007 as the fifth National Art Museum in Japan. A variety of exhibitions taking advantage of the exhibition space of 14,000 square meters are held here. It is famous as the last museum involving Kisho Kurokawa, a representative architect of Japan. A unique tea salon at the top of the inverted cone is a popular spot that also appears in movies, etc.
  • Otsuka Museum of Art
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Tokushima Pref. Narutoshi Narutochoutosadomariura Fukuike 65-1
    Located in Naruto Town, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, this art museum has the largest permanent exhibition space in Japan. The exhibits consist of more than 1,000 Western paintings reproduced in full scale on ceramic panels. Visitors can appreciate masterpieces from all over the world such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Picasso’s Guernica. The viewing route through the museum is about four kilometers long. There is also a museum shop and a restaurant where visitors can enjoy meals while looking out over the garden.

    場所は中庭を通るので最初はわかりずらかったです。 最期の晩餐¥1800 ミュンヘンランチ¥1200 鯛御膳¥1200 を注文しました。 ミュンヘンランチがコスパが良かったです。 美術館も素敵ですが レストランも素敵でした。

  • Adachi Museum of Art
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Furukawachou 320
    An art museum located in Furukawa Town, Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture which focuses on displaying modern Japanese paintings. The museum’s collection includes master Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan’s masterpieces “Koyo” and “Ame hareru,” in addition to works by other modern Japanese painters such as Takeuchi Seiho and Hashimoto Kansetsu, in addition to ceramics by renowned artist Kitaouji Rosanjin. The museum’s exhibit is changed four times a year in line with the seasons. The museum is also famous for Japanese gardens such as the Karesansui-tei rock garden and Hakusaseisho-tei sand and pine garden, totaling some 50 thousand square meters in all. The museum’s gardens are revered around the world and they have long ranked in at number one on the American Japanese gardening magazine “Journal of Japanese Gardening’s” list of top gardens.

    数量限定のビーフシチューを食べたかったので11:20くらいに行きましたが すでに完売 ビーフカレーにしましたが 結構良い感じの美味しさで らっきょ&福神 サラダ付きです お勧めの席は待ってでも庭窓際の席 庭 池 鯉を見ながらカレーは乙な感じ

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    Tokyo Mitakashi Shimorenjaku 1-1-83 Metropolitan Inokashira Park In Saiten
    This is an animation art museum managed by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki with a motto of “Let's get lost together.” In addition to displaying materials and storyboards of past Ghibli works, the museum always features various sections that will expand one's perception of animation such as the replicated animation studio and the screenings of short animated films made just for the museum. With a nostalgic building and a route that blends in greenery, this is a place that both adults and children can enjoy just as they please. Entry to the museum is only by reservation and the closest station is Mitaka Station.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 8-36
    Located within Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Park) in Tokyo’s Taito City, this is Japan’s first national art museum and opened in 1926. With a goal of serving as an entrance to art for Tokyo’s citizens, it hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year such as special exhibitions jointly sponsored with media outlets, competitions arranged through art organizations, and collection exhibits that primarily include works of calligraphy. The facility also includes a café where guests can enjoy beverages and light meals, a restaurant that takes pride in its authentic roast beef, and a museum shop.
  • Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Kozakahonmachi 8-5-1
    An art museum located on the former site of the castle of Koromo Domain on a small hill which first opened in November 1995. A restored corner turret from the original castle stands near the entrance to the museum. The east and west sides offer differing atmospheres. A steep terrace on the eastern side provides a sweeping view of Toyota. Meanwhile, a Japanese garden on the western side is dotted with teahouses and other structures, creating more historically-oriented scenery. The museum has 11 exhibition rooms connected via galleries for visitors to follow and enjoy the art on display. The museum also has a museum shop, restaurant, and tea room.

    The Klimt in the permanent exhibit is the first one I’ve seen and I was floored. It’s a beautiful piece and with Toyota City a bit off the beaten path, you get to enjoy it without the crowds. The...

  • Mori Art Museum
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    4.5
    969 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F
    This international modern art gallery is located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. A variety of planned exhibits are hosted throughout the year during which times the gallery remains open until 10 p.m. (excluding Tuesdays), allowing one to casually stop by after work or dinner. The 52nd floor, Tokyo City View, cafes and restaurants offer a panoramic view of Tokyo while enjoying a meal or tea. The closest station is Roppongi Station.

    The museum is located on the 53rd floor, displaying temporary exhibitions. The exhibition I visited "WAR IS OVER" was very impressive and interesting. The visit to the museum includes a wonderful...

  • Yokohama Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 3-4-1
    This art museum is notable for its distinctive symmetrical stonework exterior and for the open atrium of its grand gallery. In addition to seven exhibit halls, the museum boasts an art information center with a collection of more than 110,000 books, artist workshops, and more, making it one of the country's largest art museums. The museum, which has a collection of more than 12,000 works of modern and contemporary art, holds a wide variety of exhibitions. It is located a three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line.
  • Ueno Royal Museum
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    3.5
    159 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 1-2
    An art museum located inside Ueno Park. Since its establishment in April of 1972, the museum exhibited art from a variety of genres, including Important Cultural Properties. The museum has no standing exhibit, instead regularly hosting only creative and unique special exhibits. The Ueno Royal Museum also offers art classes for everyone from beginners to masters.

    For Vermeer, I think audio guide should explain of very precise lighting direction analysis Vermeer did but can't get any info. However they rent with free, so it's fine. They split the entrance time...

  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Wakinohamakaigandori 1-1-1
    Designed to be integrate seamlessly into the adjoining Nagisa Park by architect Tadao Ando, the museum was opened in 2002 as one of the largest art museum in Western Japan. Located in Hat Kobe, locals simply call it, “the art museum.” The museum’s collection spans some 9,000 pieces of modern sculptures, woodblock prints, and contemporary art by Japanese and international artists as well as works by Hyogo-born artists such as Ryohei Koiso and Tadanori Yokoo.

    プラド美術館展の後にお茶しました。 長雨の合間に晴れた午後、海が見えるカフェテラスで美術鑑賞の余韻にひたる。セルフサービスでケーキセットをチョイス。海岸線に沿ってシーサイドウオークが続き、眺めも良くゆっくり出来ました。

  • 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-2-1
    The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is housed in an imposing circular, glass-walled building, located in the center of Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Museum is divided into an Exhibition Zone, for which there is an admission charge, and a Public Zone, with free admission. There are a wide variety of art installations and artworks everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. One particularly popular exhibit is Leandro Erlich’s “The Swimming Pool” (popularly known as “Leandro’s Pool”). From ground-level, it looks as though the people underneath are underwater; this experiential work creates opportunities for fascinating encounters between the people above and the people down below.
  • The National Museum of Western Art
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-7
    This art museum located within Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Park) in Tokyo’s Taito City is dedicated to collecting and displaying Western art. The main building itself is one attraction, having been designed by French architect Le Corbusier and registered as World Cultural Heritage site in 2016. With its core Matsukata Collection, a collection of works that belonged to businessman Kojiro Matsukata and were returned by the French government, the museum regularly displays Western paintings from pre-18th century paintings to early 20th century paintings such as Monet and Renoir, as well as French contemporary sculpture. It also holds many special exhibitions.
  • Mori Arts Center Gallery
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F
    An art gallery on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower built alongside a viewing deck. In addition to special exhibitions operated in cooperation with world-class art museums, the facility also hosts a variety of Cool Japan art shows covering topics such as anime, manga, and video games. Together with the Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor, this popular tourism spot provides visitors with the chance to enjoy high quality art not beholden to any specific genre or existing framework.

    We decided to visit the Mori Tower Observatory and the Mori Arts museum. When we arrived we were told that the Observatory was closed, but that we could visit the Sky Deck. We were first...

  • Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum)
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    4.0
    800 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 940-48
    Located in Sengokuhara district, Hakone, the Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum) is Japan’s first museum dedicated to Venetian glass. It actually comprises two museums: the Venetian Glass Museum itself, which has on display around 100 masterpieces of the delicate, finely-wrought Venetian glass for which there was a vogue among the noble families of Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries, and the Modern Glass Museum, which displays Venetian glass dating from the 19th century onwards. Particularly worth seeing is the approximately 10-meter-long crystal glass arch over the bridge between the garden and the Museums; the arch is made from around 160,000 pieces of crystal glass, which sparkle in the breeze. The Hakone Grasunomori Museum offers glassmaking experience activities (including sandblasting, etc.), with participants being able to make their own pieces to take home as a souvenir.

    Love this place! Even though the visit was on a rainy day in Autumn the Crystal glass on the tree branches were magnificent!The walk around the museum was like walking into a fairytale story.The...

  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 3-1
    Located close to the South Entrance to Kitanomaru Park, near the Imperial Palace, the National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT), which opened in 1952, was Japan’s first national art museum. The MOMAT Collection features around 200 items from the more than 12,500 artworks held by the museum, showcasing a wide range of works in various genres—including Nihonga (Japanese-style modern painting), Western-style oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photographs, etc.—from the early 20th century to the present day. Several special exhibitions on unique themes are held every year.
  • The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Ninotaira 1121
    This was Japan’s first open-air Museum which was founded in 1969. Located on the grounds of a 70,000 meters squared premises with Hakone’s nature as a backdrop, the museum has a permanent display of approximately 120 masterpieces by modern and contemporary sculptors. Such large scale works of art couldn’t be displayed but for the outdoor space; there are also works of art which children can enter and play in, and you can touch the pieces of art as much as you want. At the Picasso Pavilion, there is the world’s top collection of 300 plus works which are open to the public. The hot spring foot bath which flows from the source is also popular. Alight at the Hakone Tozan Railway at Chokoku-no-Mori Station, from which it is a two-minute walk to the museum.
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka
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    3.5
    160 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-55
    This art museum is located in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City. Founded in 1977, it relocated to its current location in 2004. It is notable for being one of the only underground art museums in the world. The museum primarily collects and exhibits works of modern art from the post-war era to now. In addition to exhibiting its collection, the museum also holds exhibitions and seminars about a range of art genres with a focus on contemporary art. Other events organized by the museum include workshops for children.

    I think the museum is worth a visit if you are in Osaka. For a start, it’s a nice building in a small island which is the cultural hotspot of the city. The permanent collection is quite small so you...

  • Nezu Museum
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    4.5
    784 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Minamiaoyama 6-5-1
    This art museum located in Minami Aoyama opened in 1941 to conserve and exhibit the collection of Kaichiro Nezu, whose career included being president of Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. The collection of over 7,400 items (as of March 2016) is mostly comprised of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art, and encompasses many National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, and important works of art. In addition to the galleries in the main building, visitors can also view the Japanese garden that includes a teahouse, a stone Buddhist image, and stone lanterns.

    We love art galleries but were disappointed in this one. The architecture is striking but the collection on display when we visited was minimal and esoteric, mainly ancient metal artefacts. But the...

  • Pola Museum of Art
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara Ozukayama 1285
    The museum exhibits approximately 9,500 works of art collected over a number of decades by Mr. Tsuneshi Suzuki, the owner of the Paula Orbis group known for Paula cosmetics. The collection of Impressionists’ work is also said to be the greatest in both quality and quantity in Japan. The architecture overflows with a translucent quality due to the abundant amount of glass used which is a feature of the museum, and art can be appreciated in the abundant greenery and light which shines in through the enormous picture windows. A promenade was opened in 2013 so you can stroll at your ease in the middle of nature while listening to the birds singing.

    混んでいるわりに従業員が少ないのでしょうか。中々注文を取りに来ないし、コーヒーとケーキの単純なオーダーも出てきません。30分は待ったでしょうか。サンドイッチとサラダも品切れ。素人さんがやっているお店の感じ。 周囲の雰囲気はすごく良いし、従業員の感じは悪くないので、もっとしっかりと経営すれば良いのに。

  • Yamatane Museum of Art
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    4.0
    128 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Hiro 3-12-36
    This art museum which opened in 1966 in the Hiroo district of Tokyo’s Shibuya City is dedicated to collecting and displaying nihonga (Japanese paintings). Primarily featuring a collection of nihonga which were collected by the founder of Yamatane Securities, Yamazaki Taneji, it counts approximately 1,800 works of modern and contemporary nihonga. With six works that are Important Cultural Properties including Gyoshu Hayami’s “Dancing in the Flames” and “Camellia Petals Scattering,” the museum features the works of important painters in the history of nihonga. Instead of regular exhibitions, the museum holds exhibitions several times in the year. The wagashi (Japanese sweets) and original merchandise in the museum shop based on motifs of the museum works are popular.

    This museum is a hidden jewel tucked away on a street leading from Ebisu to Roppongi Dori. It features Nihonga or modern Japanese art, in which Japanese artists used natural paints extracted from...

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