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10 Innovative Art Museums in Tokyo

There are many inspiring art museums in Tokyo. These museums will enrich your Tokyo experience even more. Some exhibits are for a limited time, so its best to go as soon as possible.

#1. Tokyo National Museum – Ueno

Tokyo National Museum - Ueno

The Tokyo National Museum houses a comprehensive collection of art work and antiquities from Asia. The museum also conducts research concerning its collection of books and photographs, related to fine art, and makes these items available to scholars and researchers. The beautiful building of the museum is one of the best spot for a photo shoot in Ueno Park.
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Tokyo National Museum

Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
*Last admission at 4:30 PM

Admission Fee:
620 yen (Adults)
410 yen (University Students)

Phone: 03-5405-8686

Website: Tokyo National Museum

 

#2. Studio Ghibli Museum – Mitaka

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka - Mitaka

The Studio Ghibli museum opened in 2001 and showcases animation and related items, most of which have actually been used to create Studio Ghibli’s famous movies, from oldest to most recent. The displays are so intriguing and fascinating that visitors can get absorbed in the world of animation. A variety of Studio Ghibli items are available at the gift shop.
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Studio Ghibli Museum

Address: 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo

Access: 15 minute walk from Mitaka Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,000 yen (Age 19-)
700 yen (Age 13-18)
400 yen (Age 7-12)
100 yen (Age 4-6)

Phone: 0570-055-777

Website: Studio Ghibli Museum

 

#3. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo – Koto Ward

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The Museum Contemporary Art Tokyo boasts three floors of galleries of temporary exhibitions and two floors of permanent exhibitions. This museum is the largest modern/contemporary art museum in Japan. The temporary exhibit galleries present exhibitions on contemporary art, such as architecture, fashion, and design etc.
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Museum Contemporary Art Tokyo

Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto Ward, Tokyo

Access: 15 minute walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adult)
400 yen (University or academy student)
250 yen (High school student / Over age 65)

Phone: 03-5245-4111

Website: Museum Contemporary Art Tokyo

 

#4. The National Museum of Western Art – Ueno

The National Museum of Western Art - Ueno

The displayed paintings at the National Museum of Western Art are based on the Matsukata Collection that focuses on impressionist paintings and Auguste Rodin’s sculptures. The museum’s mission is to provide the public with opportunities to appreciate western art. Works from the Renaissance to the early 20th century are also on display as additions to the Matsukata Collection.
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National Museum of Western Art

Address: 7-7 Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours:
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Sunday – Thursday)
9:30 AM – 8:00 PM (Friday & Saturday)

Admission Fee:
430 yen (Adult)
130 yen (University student)
Free (Under Age 18 / Over Age 65)

Phone: 03-5777-8600

Website: The National Museum of Western Art

 

#5. Edo Tokyo Museum – Ryogoku

Edo Tokyo Museum - Ryogoku

The Metropolitan Edo Tokyo Museum focuses on the history and culture of Edo Tokyo. Housed in a unique building modeled after an elevated-floor type warehouse, the museum has been a landmark and popular tourist attraction in Tokyo since its opening.

The permanent exhibits showcases items covering 400 year history of Edo Tokyo since Ieyasu Tokugawa started the Edo period. Other than the permanent exhibits, the museum holds special exhibitions five to six times a year and carries out various other events. This museum is a must if you are into Japanese history.
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Edo Tokyo Museum

Address: 1-4-1 Yokodsuna, Sumida Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Ryogoku Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Tue – Sun)

Admission Fee:
600 yen (Adult)
480 yen (University or academic)
300 yen (High school & junior high school student / Over age 65)

Free (Junior high school student or younger living or going school in Tokyo)

Phone: 03-3626-9974

Website: Edo Tokyo Museum

 

#6. National Art Center – Roppongi

National Art Center - Roppongi

The National Art Center is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility: instead of housing a permanent collection, the museum has a total of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. The center also promotes outreach activities through its educational programs, and the Art Library serves to collect and disseminate information related to art.
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National Art Center

Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Nogizaka Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Monday & Wednesday – Sunday)

Admission Fee: Defers depending on the area

Phone: 03-5777-8600

Website: National Art Center

 

#7. Suntory Museum of Art – Roppongi

Suntory Museum of Art - Roppongi

“Art in Life” has been the concept of the museum for 40 years since the opening. This museum houses extensive collections of Japan’s antique arts and crafts.
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Suntory Museum of Art

Address: 9-7-4 Tokyo Midtown Garden-side (Roppongi), Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8 minute walk from Roppongi Station or Nogizaka Station

Hours:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday)
10:00 Am – 8:00 PM (Friday, Saturday)

Admission Fee: It defers depending on the areas (Free for junior high school student or younger)

Phone: 03-3479-8600

Website: Suntory Museum of Art

 

#8. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT – Roppongi

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT - Roppongi

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT displays objects that redirect our eyes to everyday things and events, and create various proposals and communicate numerous discoveries from the design point of view. As a place where visitors can get soaked in the pleasures of design and have new experiences filled with surprises, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT holds exhibitions and runs a diversified program including talks and workshops.
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21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo (inside of Midtown Garden)

Access: 7 minute from Nogizaka Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Monday & Wednesday – Sunday)

Admission Fee:
1,100 yen (Adult)
800 yen (University student)
500 yen (High school student)

Phone: 03-3475-2121

Website: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

 

#9. Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum – Ueno

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum - Ueno

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s concept is “Promote the advance of art for the sake of the city’s residents”. To achieve this mission, the museum has set their goal to be a “doorway to art”. And promotes artistic activity among amateur artists, children, and people with disabilities.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Address: 8-36 Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 12 minute walk from Ueno Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
*closed on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month

Admission Fee: Defers depending on the area

Phone: 03-3823-6921

Website: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

 

#10. Mori Art Museum – Roppongi

Mori Art Museum - Roppongi
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Under the concept of “Art + Life”, the Mori Art Museum has developed its own distinctive approach to art activities, embracing the concepts of “contemporary” and “international” since its establishment. The museum is committed to presenting a wide range of exhibitions and public programs that feature cutting-edge visual arts, architecture, and design in a global perspective.
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Mori Art Museum

Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo (More Tower of Roppongi Hills)

Access: 8 minute walk from Roppongi Station

Hours:
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Monday & Wednesday – Sunday)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Tuesday)

Admission Fee:
1,600 yen (Adult)
1,100 yen (University student & High school student)
600 yen (Junior high school student or younger)

Phone: 03-5777-8600

Website: Mori Art Museum

 

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