Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

Established in 1926, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park was originally known as the Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum. It changed its name in 1943 when Tokyo became a metropolitan prefecture.

Designed by modernist architect Kunio Maekawa, the museum's current building, constructed in 1975, is celebrated for its avant-garde design harmoniously integrated with Ueno Park's green surroundings.

Initially criticized for its lack of a permanent collection, the museum started amassing art in the 1970s. It currently houses a diverse range of artworks, including twentieth-century sculptures and Japanese calligraphy pieces.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is renowned for hosting high-profile temporary exhibitions, featuring artists like Tarō Okamoto, Isamu Noguchi, Edvard Munch, and Tsuguharu Foujita. It also showcases international art from renowned museums such as The Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The museum holds around 280 exhibitions annually, including blockbuster shows and thematic exhibitions featuring both established and emerging Japanese artists through initiatives like the Ueno Artist Project.

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Sight Name: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Sight Location: Tokyo, Japan (See walking tours in Tokyo)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tokyo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ueno Park Walking Tour

Ueno Park Walking Tour

Ueno Park, found next to the Ueno subway station in Tokyo, is a sprawling urban oasis. Home to more than 1,000 cherry trees, each year during the cherry blossom season (between late March and early April) it becomes a site of pilgrimage equally popular with locals and tourists.

One of the prominent landmarks within the park is the Saigo Takamori Statue, which pays tribute to the legendary...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Asakusa District Walking Tour

Asakusa District Walking Tour

The Asakusa district is one of the few places in Tokyo that retains the old world's charm. Known as Tokyo's oldest geisha district, this neighborhood houses narrow streets, temple markets, traditional shops and restaurants that collectively create the air of old Tokyo.

At the heart of Asakusa, you'll find the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, a helpful starting point...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Shinjuku Walking Tour

Shinjuku Walking Tour

Known as the best entertainment district in Tokyo, Shinjuku abounds in venues where visitors can play, eat, and shop to their hearts' content all day long. Besides the endless list of fun, shopping, and dining options available, the district also offers some truly amazing sightseeing opportunities which are often underrated.

One of its iconic landmarks is the two towers of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Ginza Shopping Tour

Ginza Shopping Tour

Often compared with New York's Fifth Avenue, Ginza is the most luxurious shopping district in Tokyo. Its two main avenues running through the area, Chuo-dori Street and Harumi-dori Street, are lined with high-end boutiques, enormous department stores, and flagship stores of renowned international brands carrying a wealth of merchandise, from fashion and jewelry to electronics and cosmetics.
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Yanaka Walking Tour

Yanaka Walking Tour

A bit away from Downtown Tokyo, Yanaka is a hidden spot with a lot to offer. This neighborhood is known for its narrow alleys, traditional wooden houses, izakaya pubs, and old-style shops. Having largely escaped the damage of World War II, Yanaka exudes the last-century charm of Tokyo's old town ambiance.

With a high concentration of ancient places of worship in the district, the air here...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

The Imperial Palace, the residence of the Japanese Emperor, is a vast expanse of green in the heart of Tokyo, surrounded by moats. The palace stands on the site previously occupied by the Edo Castle, in the 17th–19th centuries. While the royal residential compound is closed for visitors (except for two days a year – January 1st and December 23rd), a big part of the palace grounds, including...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles

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