TOKYO MUSEUMS - NATIONAL AND CITY

Tokyo is blessed with some great museums of all types. Alongside art and cultural collections, there are places devoted to science, nature, zoos and more. Click on the tabs for info on Tokyo's best museums.


TOKYO MUSEUMS FOR ART AND CULTURE

NATIONAL ART CENTER

A spacious museum a short walk from Roppongi has continually changing exhibits. The cool shaped main building also has cafes. Check their website for current show and schedule.

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SUNTORY MUSEUM OF ART

A short walk from Roppongi station, in the Tokyo Mid-Town complex, this modern private museum has a fine collection of art and design - thoughtfully presented.

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MORI ART MUSEUM

This modern space on the top floors of the Mori Tower in the Roppongi Hills office complex has continually changing shows and exhibitions throughout the year - check their website for details.

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TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM

Part of the cluster of museums in Ueno, this large building has continually changing shows and exhibitions and galleries. Depends on the exhibiton, though sometimes free

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART

This art museum near Ueno Station has a great collection of European and Western art in a well designed and large space. While there are not so many famous paintings, there are pieces by Monet and Picasso, among others.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Close to the Imperial Palace, this fine museum has a permanent collection of Japanese art work from the Meiji Period on, as well as changing exhibits.

   LOCATION: Close to Takebashi Station on the Tozai line.

TOKYO MUSEUMS FOR SCIENCE AND TECH

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

This large museum has a lot of interactive displays, stuffed animals and dinosaur replicas and can be good for children on a rainy day - though the English explanations are limited.

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MIRAIKAN - NATIONAL MUSEUM OF EMERGING SCIENCE

Near Funenokagakukan station, this large modern space across Tokyo Bay in Odaiba is dedicated new technologies and wonders, with many interactive exhibits and a few dancing and speaking robots.

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TOKYO MUSEUMS FOR NATURE AND ZOOS

UENO ZOO

A 5 minute walk from Ueno station, the Ueno Zoo is Tokyo and Japan’s oldest zoo - it's a little on the dilapidated side, but is a good place to check out caged animals. The most popular draw is giant pandas from China.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

This large museum has a lot of interactive displays, stuffed animals and dinosaur replicas and can be good for children on a rainy day - though the English explanations are limited.

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EPSON AQUA PARK

A short walk from Shinagawa station, the Epson Aqua Park is a small aquarium / theme park with several exhibits of varied sea life including manatees, sharks and jellyfish. There is also a dolphin show.

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SUNSHINE AQUARIUM

On the 10th floor of the Sunshine City complex in Ikebukuro, this small place has a fair amount of aquatic life forms.

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TOKYO MUSEUMS FOR HISTORY AND JAPAN

TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM

The Tokyo National Museum consists of several buildings devoted Japanese art and history - including displays of Ukiyo-e, Edo era swords and various cultural artifacts from Japan’s long history.

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OTA MUSEUM OF ART

Just a short walk from Harajuku station, this small museum has a fine collection of Ukiyo-e and Japanese wood block prints and provides a nice oasis of culture. Regular and special exhibitions.

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NEZU MUSEUM

A nice museum with a small collection of Japanese and East Asian art, with an emphasis on lacquerware and tea crafts. The surrounding grounds include a Japanese garden and tea houses.

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TEIEN ART MUSEUM

A varied collection of different art works exhibited in the former residence of a prince, the building’s retro style is part of the show.

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SAMURAI MUSEUM

A very informative museum showing the history of the Samurai with displays of armor, costumes, swords. Guided tours available.

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EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM

Provides a good insight into Edo period of Japan (1600AD-1850AD) with displays and full set pieces. Audio tour available.

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THE JAPANESE SWORD MUSEUM

This small and out of the way space has a large collection of Japanese swords and some samurai outfits on display.

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OTHER TYPES OF MUSEUMS

MEGURO PARASITOLOGICAL MUSEUM

This small private museum has on display varied parasites and worms that have been extracted from sick individuals. A creepy look at invasive creatures - the place can be toured in less than an hour.

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YEBISU BEER MUSEUM

The Ebisu area originally grew up around the Yebisu brewing company, so it's only natural there is a museum dedicated to this frothy beverage here. Tours are offered, and there is a tasting salon and a souvenir shop.

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