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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.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
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    4.0
    536 Reviews
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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...

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    4.5
    1862 Reviews
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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.

    Lovely whimsical museum, definitely worth a visit for true Ghibli fans. We got our tickets via the Ghibli website through lawson tickets on the 10th of the month before, it did take about 2 hours to...

  • Yamatane Museum of Art
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    144 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...

  • Nezu Museum
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    4.5
    872 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 went back this time just for the gardens. It is a short trip but well work the subway ride and the couple blocks of walling to view the gardens in any season.

  • Bunkamura The Museum
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1BunkamuraB1F
    A freestyle art museum located inside the Bunkamura complex just a seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station’s Hachiko Exit. A great variety of exhibitions focusing on the latest trends in modern art are held in the museum’s stylish and elegant atmosphere. The museum’s shows include displays of famed masterpieces belonging to museums around the world and solo exhibitions by artists rarely seen in Japan. In terms of themes, foresight, and topicality, Bunkamura The Museum’s exhibitions have been well-received not only in Japan but internationally as well. In order to make it easier for visitors to enjoy art, the museum is open until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • 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.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shirokanedai 5-21-9
    An art museum located in Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo. The museum is housed in the former residence of Prince Asaka, an art deco structure built in the early Showa period (1920s to 30s) now designated an Important Cultural Property. The museum conducts a variety of exhibitions on art deco and other themes. A new annex was built in 2014. Elevators were also installed and work was continued on the museum garden, with all construction finally being completed and all museum facilities being opened to the public in March 2018.
  • Mori Art Museum
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    4.5
    1089 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.

    This museum is really a design museum with plenty of conceptual and architectural designs on exhibit. From city and neighborhood design focused on sustainability to film set and effects design, this...

  • The National Museum of Western Art
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    4.5
    891 Reviews
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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.

    Well worth a visit. Lovely collection. Its not huge but its very interesting. Some real gems. Well worth visiting.

  • Ota Memorial Museum of Art
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    4.5
    199 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae 1-10-10
    An art museum established to publicly display the collection of ukiyoe woodblock print art assembled by former Toho Insurance Company president Seizo Ota V. In addition to works by ukiyoe masters such as Utamaro, Hokusai, and Hiroshige, the museum also displays a broad array of works presenting a comprehensive history of the art form.

    A small but wonderful collection of lesser known ukiyo e artist. Well presented with easy access from the Harajuku Station.

  • Panasonic Shiodome Museum
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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.
  • Ueno Royal Museum
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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.
  • Idemitsu Museum of Arts
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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.
  • 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.
  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
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    428 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.

    We happened upon this very special museum when we entered Marunouchi Brick Square and decided to view the current exhibition, which was All About Mariano Fortuny. It did not disappoint! The...

  • Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 1-1
    The Crafts Gallery was established as an annex to the National Museum of Modern Art in 1977. The displays in the Craft Gallery showcase modern and contemporary crafts and design, including ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, woodcarving, bamboo crafts, textiles and dyeing, doll-making, metalworking, industrial design, graphic design, etc. The building in which the Crafts Gallery is located was formerly the Imperial Guards Headquarters. Built in 1910, this is a beautiful building which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property and is well worth seeing in its own right.
  • Tokyo Toy Museum
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    4.0
    133 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.

    Really great place to go and visit. The tree room was wonderful with lovely wooden toys and we all loved the room with the kitchen; garden etc - perfect to sparkle the imagination of a toddler and...

  • Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shinagawa-ku Kitashinagawa 4-7-25
    An art museum housed inside the former residence of industrialist Kunizo Hara, former president of Tokyo Gas and Japan Airlines. Contemporary art is exhibited inside the modern building, which was constructed in 1938. In addition to its permanent exhibit, the museum holds special exhibits showing the latest trends in modern art. During the regular Hara Annual, pieces from promising new artists are exhibited. Visitors can also relax in the museum café facing the courtyard.

    It is a very good and small Morden art museum being a house that is located in a residential area design by Jin watanabe Outdoor work is just as interesting as the indoor work

  • Setagaya Art Museum
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    4.0
    90 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...

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