A Guide to the Museums & Art Galleries of Tokyo

Tokyo has hundreds of museums and art galleries. Many of the most famous such as the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Western Art are located in Ueno Park, but there are many more spread throughout the city. Entrance fees for museums are typically ¥600-800 and ¥1,000-1,500 for art galleries, with discounts for children and senior citizens.

If you plan on visiting several museums in Tokyo, then you should consider the Grutto Pass which for ¥2,000 gives you discounted entry to 70 facilities throughout the capital. Note that most museums close on Mondays (unless it is a public holiday), and during the end year and New Year holidays.

Museums Minato Art


Art and design space/venue created by architect Tadao Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake that holds exhibitions devoted to the theme of “everyday life”. The building is part...

Museums Toshima History

Ancient Orient Museum

The Ancient Orient Museum is a small private museum in Ikebukuro specializing in artifacts of the ancient Near East and Central Asia. Opened in 1978 it was the first such museum...

Museums Taito Art

Asakura Museum of Sculpture

This 3-floor building is the former residence and studio of Asakura Fumio (1883-1964) who came to Tokyo from Oita Prefecture at the age of 19 to study sculpture. He set up the...

Museums Chuo Art

Bridgestone Museum of Art

The museum is currently closed for long-term renovation and is due to re-open in autumn 2019. Art museum in central Tokyo esblished by Ishibashi Shojiro, founder of the...

Museums Shibuya Art


Built in 1989, Bunkamura was the first large-scale cultural complex in Japan. It contains a concern hall, gallery, and a small art museum. See the website for current exhibitions...

Museums Taito Other

Calligraphy Museum

The Calligraphy Museum holds important collections for the Chinese and Japanese calligraphy histories, which were collected by a Western-style painter and oriental calligrapher...





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