Art Museum Spots in Tokyo Area

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    4.5
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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.

    They wouldn’t let me mark earlier, but I actually went in fall of 2017. No photography allowed, which almost made the experience more special. There’s Ghibli themed food, and inside looks into the...

  • The National Art Center, Tokyo
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    4.5
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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.

    First time for me but this is very much worth a visit if youre stuck in Toyko on a rainy day with nothing to do. There is also a nice lunch that can be enjoyed on the top level. Enjoy.... Ps the art...

  • Mori Arts Center Gallery
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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.

    Great exhibitions at the top of Mori tower. No permanent collection but that doesnt seem to matter.

  • Nezu Museum
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    4.5
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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.

    the garden outside is definitely the highlight here for me. but of course the museum is enjoyable and informative. nice location, central to Omotesando where you can have a bite at cicada too. the...

  • 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.

    The special exhibit was the well-known Gustave Klimt. Id seen quite a few of his works before but this was extensive and very educational about his history and philosophy. Not all of his...

  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
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    4.5
    435 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 2-6-2
    Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is a museum with exhibitions focusing on modern 19th century art from the West. Built in 1894, the building was Marunouchi’s first Western-style office building, the “Mitsubishi Ichigokan” which was designed by the English architect Josiah Conder has been restored. There is no permanent exhibitions but instead planned exhibitions are opened 3–4 times a year. In addition to the museum café and shop, there is also a space called “the Archive Room” where you can experience the history of Marunouchi.

    It is really nice building among the big skyscrapers. It is a nice museum but unfortunately I did not have much time.

  • 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-6 Tokyo Midtown/Garden
    Located in Tokyo Midtown, a multi-purpose complex directly connected to Roppongi Station, this museum holds exhibitions about design. Unlike traditional museums it was created to “think about daily articles from a design perspective, create objects and propose new ideas.” It is mainly host to organized exhibitions but also features talks and other events. The architecture of the building was designed by Tadao Ando and makes for a very unique exterior, such as with its roof made of one folded iron plate.

    Went there during a short walk around Roppongi. There was an exhibition, but due to time constrain, only managed a quick visit to the shop. Although small, but the design is nice and situated in a...

  • Suntory Museum of Art
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    4.0
    194 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-4 Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F
    This is an art gallery with a focus on Japanese ancient art located on the third floor of Tokyo Midtown Galleria Museum. Besides the National Treasure “Box with fusenryou design in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e”, the gallery is home to about 3,000 works of art. There is no permanent exhibition, but wonderful planned exhibitions not bound by the norms of regular exhibitions including paintings, ceramics, lacquer work, etc. are held. In addition, the tea room “Genchoan” offers Matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets. The nearest station is Roppongi Station.

    Starting today (November 11) Suntory Museum is closed for renovation until May 12, 2020. 秀逸な日本美術のコレクションで知られているサントリー美術館です。残念ながら今日11月11日(月曜日)から来年2020年5月12日まで改修工事のために閉館とのことです。

  • Madame Tussauds Tokyo
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    255 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-6-1 Dex Tokyo Beach Island Mall 3F
    Located inside the DECKS Tokyo Beach in Odaiba, Minato City, Tokyo, this is an annex of the Madame Tussauds wax museum in London. Various celebrities and famous people from around the world such as Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, the UK’s Prince William, former President Barack Obama and Mao Asada are reproduced in life-like form. Part of the appeal is that beyond merely looking at the forms, you can rest your arm on their shoulder and take photographs with them.

    This Madame Tussauds is MUST place to visit when you come here. You will meet a lot of world celebrities.

  • Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
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    4.0
    184 Reviews
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    Tokyo Meguro-ku Mita 1-13-3 In Yebisu Garden Place
    This general photography and video museum opened in 1995. In addition to photograph and video displays, they also offer classes and community outreach. The facility was renovated in 2016. Every floor offers exhibits on a different theme. Admission depends on the current exhibitions on each floor. They host the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions every year in February, and also offer regular photography and film workshops.

    世界的に見ても数はまだまだ少ない、写真映像の作品をコレクションし、専門的に展示している美術館です。これまで数多くのPhotographerが収めてきた写真について、単に芸術作品に留まらず、報道写真、身近なもの、写真の表現方法等に至るまで、様々な角度、様々な視点、そして様々な時代背景のテーマに沿って展示されています。 3万点近くもの収蔵作品があるものの、コレクション展以上に企画展に力を入れているよう...

  • Ueno Royal Museum
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    3.5
    208 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.

    上野恩賜公園内及びその界隈の美術館や博物館は、国立や都立などの公営であるため、基本的に月曜日が休館となる。一方の上野の森美術館は公益財団法人による運営のため、展示期間中は基本的に開館している。アートや文化財を観賞したいがその日が月曜日である人にとって、最適な美術館の一つと言える。 一方、公益財団法人の運営であるため、近隣の都立美術館や西洋美術館と比較すると、規模が小さい上に展示数も多くない。拝観料...

  • Tokyo Toy Museum
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    4.0
    136 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Yotsuya 4 - 20 Yotsuya open space
    Founded in Nakano as an art museum to see, play with, make and learn about toys, it has now relocated to the site of the former Fourth Yotsuya Elementary School. There are many exhibits of high quality “good toys” and traditional toys from both Japan and the West, and guests can actually touch and play with a substantial amount of the toys present. Toy curator staff members are on hand to teach visitors how to play games and play with the toys.

    The building is originally from Junior High School and not used anymore. They operated until 3rd floor. On the 1st floor, is baby playground area, 2nd floor is the ticketing area, a lot of good kind...

  • Panasonic Center Tokyo
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    138 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Ariake 3-5-1
    The Panasonic Center Tokyo located in Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo, is a showroom where you can experience the latest products and technologies of the Panasonic Group. There are places where you can experience life from the present day to the near future with Panasonic technology, a booth where you can play Nintendo’s latest games on a big screen, and a museum where you can discover the appeal of mathematics and science, and all attractions can be enjoyed by a broad age range. Admission is free excluding the “RiSuPia” area on the third floor.

    The center itself is free (except for Panasonic Digital Museum on the 3rd floor, kids are fee but an adult’s admission is ¥500). The place has 3 floors open to the public. 1st floor is all about...

  • Tokyo Trick Art Museum
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-6-1 Dex Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall 4F
    Located on the fourth floor of Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall in the Odaiba district of Tokyo’s Minato City, this is a museum to enjoy trick art using optical illusions. It is famous for its unusual Japanese-style trick art, which can be seen in such areas as the Edo Area and the Haunted Mansion with Funny Japanese Monsters. Instead of just merely watching, guests can also take pictures as if they were characters appearing in the strange pictures. This is a popular spot for families and groups of friends.

    When we arrived we were given a presentation and explanation of how we would do to experience 3d effect. We had a nice hour with lots of laughs. And lots of fun pictures to show when we got home...

  • Panasonic Shiodome Museum
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    3.5
    117 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Higashishimbashi 1-5-1 Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building 4F
    An art museum located on the fourth floor of the Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building in Minato City. The museum first opened in 2003. In addition to its standing exhibition of works by key 20th century French painter Georges Rouault, the museum also holds a variety of special exhibitions and art events. Making use of next-generation lighting, the museum uses approximately 50% less power than would otherwise be needed for a facility of its type. Note the museum’s environmentally friendly “gentle lighting.” This lighting environment brings out the true beauty of the pieces on display. Be sure to visit the museum shop as well.

    For a modern life, this museum depicts very useful things to educate common people to choose from various options. Though the term Museum is a kind of misleading but in reality, this facility...

  • Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
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    65 Reviews
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    Tokyo Hachioujishi Yanomachi 492-1
    An art museum located close to Soka University in Yano-machi, Hachioji City, Tokyo. The museum was established by Soka Gakkai International founder Daisaku Ikeda. The museum's collection of some 30,000 paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and crafts covers a broad array of periods and regions, including Western art from the Renaissance to the modern day and photographs dating back to the birth of the art form.

    This museum has the largest collection of Western art of any museum we have been to so far. The collection is very well balanced as far as major schools of art being represented across a historical...

  • Setagaya Art Museum
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kinutakouen 1-2
    This art museum located within Kinuta Koen Park in Tokyo’s Setagaya City has a distinctive building designed by architect Shozo Uchii which integrates into its surrounding lush scenery. The museum has approximately 15,000 works in its collection including Henri Rousseau’s “Portrait of Frumence Biche in Uniform,” Kitaoji Rosanjin’s “Figure of Sweetfish,” and works of artists with some connection to Setagaya City. In addition to exhibits of collections which change according to theme of the artifacts, it also hosts exhibitions in collaboration with museums and art museums inside Japan and around the world. The French restaurant that offers views of Kinuta Koen Park is also popular.

    The universe works in mysterious ways. Having studied ceramics, in particular the chemistry of glazes and glazing techniques at university level, and being in Japan looking at pottery as a souvenir...

  • Idemitsu Museum of Arts
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 3-1-1 Teikoku Building 9F
    This art museum is located in the ninth floor of the Teigeki Building, which faces the moat of the Imperial Palace. It opened in 1966 in order to exhibit the collection of Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. founder Sazo Idemitsu. The museum holds five to six annual exhibitions of the collection, which focuses on oriental antiquities such as Japanese and Chinese paintings and ceramics. The museum also features a dedicated Georges Rouault exhibit room as well as a potsherd room that displays potsherds (pieces of broken pottery) from around the world.

    Beautifully displayed and lit artworks, with excellent staff in this delightfully quiet museum. There were some English explanations for the beginning of each section but they could do with more, for...

  • Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo
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    71 Reviews
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    Tokyo Nerima-ku Shimoshakuji 4-7-2
    An art museum standing along Metropolitan Road 245 in Shimoshakujii, Nerima City. The museum displays works by Chihiro Iwasaki, a painter with a home and studio in Shimoshakujii known for her watercolors and picture books depicting children. The museum also holds exhibitions on related themes.

    I went to Chihiro Art museum to see the Murakami exhibition and was greeted with a small and lovely place in a more remote part of Tokyo. It has a unique charm with a very peaceful and childlike...

  • Mori Art Museum
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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.

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