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Tokyo Museums Guide

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Tokyo Museums Guide

Tokyo, a city not only gorgeous for the cherry blossom and trendy fashion, is also captivating with its profound history, civilization, and art. Numerous museums and art galleries scattered throughout Tokyo city, bringing people close to their culture. In Japan, museums and art galleries are commonly designed by famed architects. Unsurprisingly, these exquisite buildings often stand out as iconic landmarks. One can easily find various museums and galleries, government-run or privately owned, dedicated to different themes and subjects, including modern arts and contemporary art. All these museums together become a unique master piece in the city.

1. Tokyo Art Galleries and Museum
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Located in Roppongi Hills, National Art Center is the predominant art museum, displaying the quintessence of Japanese art. The art works changes from time to time as different theme exhibitions take place all year round. Themes are extensive, ranging from classic ink wash paintings to Western abstract arts. The museum itself is also a carefully crafted masterpiece, which is designed to immerse a typical art gallery into a forest. There are over 50 species of plants around the structure, so visitor can also enjoy the beautiful garden landscape.
Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo

Nezu Museum
Nezu Museum has a large collection of East Asian Art. The museum is surrounded by a tranquil garden, which is as worthy of seeing as the art displays.
Address: 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo

National Museum of Western Art
National Museum of Western Art, recognized by UNESCO in 2016, is one of the best museums in Asia collecting Western arts. Housing over 4400 paintings and sculptures, the museum collects artworks from almost every renowned modern artist, including Rodin, Monet, and Renoir. Additional to the art exhibition, the building is welled designed with a lovely garden.
Address: 7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo



Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Constructed in 1994, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo collects the most creative artworks after 1945 that influence the art field around the world. Exhibitions include the most innovative works in Japan as well as those from around the world. The museum currently has 3800 art pieces, which depict the history of contemporary art.
Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Mori Art Museum
Settled in the Roppoingi Hills, Mori Art Museum displays the most trendy art works. The museum does not have a reservoir of art pieces to display. Instead, new art works presented to the public on different theme exhibition. The design of the exhibition as well as the arts demonstrated the most up-to-date art culture in Japan.
Address: Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 6−10−1

21 21 DESIGN SIGHT
Given 20/20 vision signifies perfect vision, the name of 21_21 Design Sight intends to challenge art beyond excellence. The museum was originally designed by fashion designer Issey Miyake and architect Tadao Ando. The museum today serves as the home to many art works as well as the venue of major conventions.
Address: Midtown Garden, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo



2. Tokyo Animation Museums
Suginami Animation Museum 
Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum presents the history of animation in Japan to visitors. In this museum, you can see different animation and exhibitions. You can also make animation with your own hand, thus exploring the entire process in anime production.
Address: Tokyo, Suginami City, Kamiogi, 3−29−5

Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum is constructed based on Studios Ghibli. Unlike other art museum, the Ghibli museum doesn’t have any visit guide. Thus, guests can freely explore the exhibitions in a maze-like environment.
Address: 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo



3. Tokyo Cultural and Historical Museum
Tokyo National Museum
The Tokyo National Museum collects a lot of the cultural heritage from Japan as well as East Asia. Additionally, it is known to be the museum of architecture because the major building is composed of conventional Japanese structures. The art pieces amount to over 89,000, among which there are 100 national treasures. The exhibitions include an array of tea ware, Ukiyo-e, geisha costume, and samurai armor. This museum is the best for exploring and understanding the Japanese tradition and culture.
Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Museum
The Edo-Tokyo Museum collects and preserves documents and antiquities from related to Edo-Tokyo. It was designed by the architech Kiyonori Kikutake and was open to the public since 1993. The building was constructed to preserve the Edo cultural heritage.
Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku,Tokyo



4. Tokyo Science Museums
National Museum of Nature and Science
National Museum of Nature and Science is the largest science museum in Japan. The museum is divided into two parts: Japan Gallery and the Global Gallery. The museum insightfully explores the evolution of life, evolution of mammals, botany, geology, and anthropology. Furthermore, the museum displays other precious samples such as dinosaur skeletons and Apollo lunar rocks. There are also interactive games children can engage in.
Address: 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan is probably the best science museum in Japan. Covering a massive area, the museum has 8 floors plus 2 basements. The museum presents comprehensive information on the Earth, innovative technology, as well as on sustainability. Interactive games such as VR experience and crafting a robot are carefully incorporated to enhance the visit.
Address: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Space Museum TeNQ
Space Museum TeNQ was open on 8 July 2014 in Tokyo Dome City. TeNQ provide comprehensive information on space science. The museum is divided into 9 regions. With the most advance technology, it incorporated many experience, allowing visitors to fully explore the lasted findings and technology in space science.
Address: 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo



5. Tokyo Sports Museums
Sumo Museum 
Sumo Museum is located inside Ryogoku Kokugikan. It presents the history and significance of sumo through the exhibition of brocade, pictures, hand prints, fundoshi, and documents.
Address: 1-3-28 Yoko-ami Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is built to commemorate all the influential baseball players in the Japan. Since the completion of Tokyo Dome in 1988, the only baseball museum has relocated to the Tokyo Dome, and it is now known as the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum displays the relief of the top-notch players, uniforms, baseball gloves, and other equipments. Here visitors can not only learn about the history of baseball, but also have VR practice with professional players.
Address: 1-3-61,Koraku,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo

Japan Football Museum
Japan Football Museum is located at the JFA House (B2-1F) on the Football Ave. The museum exhibits many sports equipments once belong to the national team. The highlights of the equipments include those from 2002 FIFA World Cup, the gloves from Geman goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, and the running shoes used by David Beckham.
Address: Tokyo, Bunkyo City, Hongo, 3−10−15



6. Tokyo Traditonal Craft Museums
Japanese Sword Museum
The only museum dedicated to swordmaking, Japanese Sword Museum exhibits about 152 swords, knife, armor, and metal crafts. Moreover, the museum collects about 1500 books related to swords.
Address: Tokyo, Sumidaku, Yokoami, 1−12-9

Yebisu Beer Museum
Yebisu Beer Museum demonstrates the process of beer making and the history of beer industry. Visitors can sample beers and shop for beer-related souvenirs in the museum. Unique beer products such as beer jelly can be found at the store.
Address: 4-20-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Printing Museum
The Printing Museum displays an extensive printers and plotters of different periods. Visitors can try the hands on experiences of using the printers and crafting book marks.
Address: Toppan Koishikawa Building 1-3-3 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo



7. Tokyo Theme Museums
Mega Web
Mega Web is located in Palette Town.  One of the largest automotive exhibitions in the world, the Mega Web allows visitors to view, drive, and experience a variety of automobiles. Thus Mega Web is not to be missed by auto fans. Here visitors can find the newest Tokyo car designs, the most innovative concept car, and ancient models. Visitors also have chance to test drive many Tokyo cars. The whole museum is divided into several theme areas, such as the Toyota City Showcase, History Garage, Ride Studio, Ride One, and Fun Kart Ride.
Address: 1-3-12 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo

Sony Historical Meseum
Sony Historical Museum displays all 250 products invented by Sony since the establishment of the company. The highlights of the displays are the earliest Trinitron TV, the first personal stereo, CCD, and many more. Additionally, the museum still keeps the product proposals and business files from the early stage. Unsuccessful products, unexpectedly, are also disclosed to the public.
Address: 6-6-39 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo

Tokyo Toy Museum
Remodeled from an elementary school, Tokyo Toy museum have over 10,000 compartments on display, including toy hospitals and handmade workshops. It also collected extinct traditional toys like Kaleidoscope and German wooden figures.
Address: Yotsuya Hiroba,4-20 Yotsuya,Shinjuku-ku Tokyo

Metro Museum
Metro Museum displays the history of metro, safety measures, and train structures. Tokyou Metro Museum is probably the most comprehensive museum around the world dedicated to metro. Visitors can also find the first tram in Japan. An informative visit as well as a fun experience with interactive games, spending a day at the museum would be a great option for family. The entrance imitates boarding on a metro back in the time.
Address: 6-3-1, Higashi-kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo


 

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which art museums are the most popular in Tokyo?
    Tokyo has many different art museums. The most popular ones include the National Art Center, Nezu Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.
  • Which animation museums are the most popular in Tokyo?
    The most famous animation museums must be the Suginami Animation Museum and Ghibli Museu. At Suginami Animation Museum, you can experience producing an animation from scratch. On the other hand, Ghibli Museum is constructed based on Studios Ghibli, where guests can freely explore the exhibitions in a maze-like environment.
  • Which muesum is best for learning about the history and culture of Japan?
    Tokyo National Museumand and Edo-Tokyo Museum have an extensive collection of artifacts, allowing visitors to have an in-depth exploration into the culture and history of Japan.
  • Which science museums are the most popular in Tokyo?
    National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and TeNQ are the best option for exploring natural sciences and modern technology.
  • Which sports museums are the most popular in Tokyo?
    Sumo, baseball, and football are among the most popular sports in Japan. For visitors who want to learn about the sport culture in Japan, Sumo Museum, The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and Japan Football Museum are not to be missed.
  • Which museum is the best for tradtional craft?
    In Japanese Sword Museum you can find some of most precious swords in the country. If you are a fan of beer, you must visit the Yebisu Beer Museum to explore the history and skills in beer making.
  • Which museum is the best for children?
    If your child is interested in animation, we recommend the Suginami Animation Museum and Ghibli Museum. Alternatively, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and TeNQ are great options for learning science. Tokyo Toy Museum is also worth visiting because there is plenty of hands-on opportunity. Last but not least, Metro Museum is also a popular destination for family trip.
  • Where is Mega Web located?
    Mega Web is located in Palette Town. It is one of the largest automotive exhibitions in the world.
    Address: 1-3-12 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo.
    Transportation: Take the Rinkai Line and get off at the Teleport station.
  • Where is Sony Historical Museum located?
    Sony Historical Museum displays all 250 products invented by Sony since the establishment of the company. The highlights of the displays are the earliest Trinitron TV, the first personal stereo, CCD, and many more.
    Address: 6-6-39 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo
    Transporation: Keikyu Railway-Shinagawa Station, and arrive in 15 minute walk.
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