Art Museums in Tokyo, Tokyo

Like any city that is steeped in history and culture, Tokyo too boasts of a rich collection of art. Art museums and galleries across the city have a rich repertoire of art pieces that are worth a view. These museums are great places to learn about Japanese art, culture and a lot more.
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Guide Name: Art Museums in Tokyo
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.3 km
Author: ann
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Bridgestone Museum of Art

1) Bridgestone Museum of Art

The Bridgestone Museum of Art is a private museum and is devoted to ancient art. One prized display in the museum is an Egyptian sculpture of a cat and dates back to 660 BC. The museum also prides itself of one of the best private collections of French impressionist art and sculpture. Other collections include post-Meiji Japanese painting in Western style.

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00; Friday is 10:00-20:00; Closed on...   view more
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Idemitsu Museum of Arts

2) Idemitsu Museum of Arts

The Idemitsu Museum of Arts houses mostly a private collection of Sazo Idemitsu, founder of Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. Located in the 9th floor of the Imperial Theater building in Chiyoda-ku, the collection is representative of Eastern Asian art antiques. It includes Japanese painting and calligraphy, East Asian ceramic works and a collection of works by Western painters.
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance until 4:30 p.m.); Friday 10:00 a.m.-7:00p.m.(Entrance until 6:30p.m.); Closed...   view more
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New Otani Art Museum

3) New Otani Art Museum

Founded in 1991, the New Otani Art Museum occupies the 6th floor of the Hotel New Otani's Garden Court. The Hotel, located in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, opened in 1964 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympic Games. The museum's collections consist primarily of modern art from France and Japan, along with a considerable number of pieces of Japanese ukiyo-e art. Yoneichi Otani, son of Hotel founder Yonetaro Otani, was the first director of the museum, and continues to hold that position...   view more
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The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art

4) The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art

Aimed at promoting and preserving contemporary art, the Watari Museum hosts works of upcoming talent and displays their works of art. It stands together with the Mori Arts Center and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa as one of the major institutions in Japan and in Asia in the field of contemporary visual arts. It was designed by the architect Mario Botta in 1990. Together with the larger exhibitions, the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art organized lectures, learning...   view more
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Nezu Museum

5) Nezu Museum (must see)

Nezu Museum, also known as the Nezu Fine Arts Institute, is located in the Minato district of Tokyo and it displays the private collection of Nezu Kaichirō. The museum opened to the public in 1940 and escaped the destruction suffered by the estate property in the bombing of May 1945. Closed due to large-scale renovation and renewal from 2006 onwards, it re-opened in fall 2009 with a completely new museum building by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. This museum boasts of a collection of...   view more
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The National Art Center

6) The National Art Center

The National Art Center located in Roppongi, Minato is a unique exhibition center. Its main objective is to facilitate the exhibition, dissemination of information and research on contemporary art trends in Japan and abroad. It has a huge exhibition space and various events are held throughout the year. Standing on the site formerly occupied by a research facility of the University of Tokyo, the building that hosts the museum is a piece of art in itself. It has an exhibition of 600 pieces,...   view more
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Mori Art Museum

7) Mori Art Museum (must see)

The Mori Art Museum is a contemporary art museum founded by the real estate developer Minoru Mori in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in the Roppongi Hills complex both of which he built in Tokyo, Japan. Located on the 52nd and the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, The Mori Art Museum was first opened in 2003. It features state-of-the-art galleries with 6m-tall ceilings, controlled natural lighting, and great views of Tokyo. The interior architect of the museum's galleries is...   view more
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Walking Tours in Tokyo, Japan

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.
Ginza Shopping Tour

Ginza Shopping Tour

Often compared with New York's Fifth Avenue, Ginza is a district situated in Chuo, Tokyo. It is known as one of the most luxurious shopping regions in Tokyo. The area is home to big department stores and almost all leading world brands have their presence here. Ginza is also famous for its bakeries and restaurants. The small allies leading off from the main road is lined with galleries exhibiting paintings and other artwork. This area is bound to quench the thirst of every shopaholic.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

The Asakusa district in Tokyo is famous for the Senso-ji temple and is one of the few places in Tokyo that retains the old world charm. The temple markets, narrow streets, traditional shops and restaurants provide a glimpse of old Tokyo. It is also known as Tokyo's oldest geisha district. Take a walking tour and live the carnival atmosphere that pervades this place.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Tokyo without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Tokyo, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

The Imperial Palace, residence of the Japanese Emperor was once the site of the Edo Castle in the 17th – 19th Century. Located in the heart of the city, it is a vast expanse of green and is surrounded by moats. The palace is open only for two days a year - January 1st and December 23rd. However, walking tours of the inner palace grounds is conducted on weekdays except on special occasions. Prior approval from the Imperial Household Agency is required to join these walking tours.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Ueno Park Walking Tour

Ueno Park Walking Tour

The Ueno Park, next to the Ueno station is a public park that offers visitors a large number of attractions. The area is home to many of the famous attractions in Tokyo. They are the Ueno Zoo, major museums like the Tokyo National Museum, The National Science Museum and The National Museum of Western Art. This walking tour would provide you an insight into old Tokyo. The museums here preserve the history and the spirit of the city as it has grown through the ages in meticulous detail.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

Shibuya & Minato Nightlife

An international hub and thriving cultural metropolis, Tokyo has much in store for those seeking a thrilling nightlife scene. Possessing anything from high-end nightclubs and chic lounges, to hipster hangouts and casual bars, this city has it all. Whether shopping in the trendy Ginza district or exploring the streets of the vibrant Shibuya district, a great nightspot is available for guests to let loose of their inhibitions and dance the night away. Be sure to check out all the unique locations found in the Tokyo Nightlife Tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km

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