Tokyo Museums and Galleries

Tokyo has some of the best museums and galleries in Japan, and there are plenty for you to choose from, so be sure to visit at least a few of them during your stay in Tokyo. Apart from traditional museums and art galleries, such as Tokyo National Museum and The National Art Center, we have also included some interesting exhibitions such as Amlux - the world's largest car showroom, Tokyo Anime Center and NHK Studio Park.

Amlux

Amlux, Ikebukuro Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Next to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro you'll find the futuristic Toyota Amlux Auto Salon, where you can view and touch Toyota's newest car models and car accessories. The cars are spread over 6 floors making it one of the largest car showrooms in the world.

Address: 3-3-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Exit 2) on Yuraku Subway Line
Telephone: +81 3-5391-5900
Website: http://www.amlux.jp
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: Free

Bunkamura

Bunkamura, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

Bunkamura literally means “cultural village” and consists of an art museum, a concert hall, two cinemas and a theater. Bunkamura is the first and largest multi-media, cross-cultural complex of its kind in Japan. This is the place to visit for world class music, drama, cinema and art! On the basement floor there's an art and design bookstore as well as a branch of Paris' famous Les Deux Magots café. Bunkamura is located just a 7 minute walk from Shibuya Station, next to the Tokyu department store.

Address: 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3477-9111
Website: http://www.bunkamura.co.jp
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 10:00 to 19:00, Fri-Sat 10:00 to 21:00
Admission: Fees are charged for respective facilities, see website for info

Design Festa Gallery

Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku is a unique world of artistic wonder, where one-of-a-kind artwork is displayed for anyone to see. You can meander about or stop and talk with the artists themselves. The West Gallery has 12 spaces of varying size, and its exterior is covered with murals. The East Gallery is composed of 17 spaces with more large-scale artwork. There is also a café where you can relax and have a bite or a drink and enjoy this creative enclave.

Address: 3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Harajuku Station (Takeshita Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3479-1442
Website: http://www.designfestagallery.com
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 daily
Admission: Free

Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum

Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

This small museum, located near the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa introduces traditional handicrafts which concentrated the skills of craft workers that were cultivated and inherited in the history and climate of "Shitamachi" (old Tokyo in Edo period). Demonstrations of craft making by artisans are held on weekends.

Address: 2-22-13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Asakusa Station
Telephone: +81 3-3842-1990
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 daily
Admission: Free

Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, with a collection of high-quality contemporary art from Asia, has become one of Tokyo's most influential galleries. The Museum offers a vast variety of art exhibitions mainly focusing on modern art, as well as various public programs allowing people to develop a close relation to art. Admission fees are different for each exhibition, please refer to their website.

Address: 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (Roppongi Hills Exit) on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-5777-8600
Website: http://www.mori.art.museum
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (Tuesdays 10:00 to 17:00)
Admission: Varies by exhibition

NHK Studio Park

NHK Studio Park, Shibuya Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Group) is Japan's public television and radio broadcaster. NHK Studio Park is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center, located in Shibuya, next to Yoyogi Park. NHK Studio Park is open to the public and provides an interactive exhibition and guided tours of the studios. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting.

Address: Jinnan 2-2-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line and Meiji Jingu-mae Station on the Subway Chiyoda Line
Telephone: +81 3-3485-8034
Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp/studiopark/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 daily
Admission: 200 yen (children under 12 free)

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

The small and elegant Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Harajuku exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Seizo Ota V, which comprises of more than 12,000 pieces of art. Exhibits are changed every month.

Address: 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Meiji Jingu Mae Station on Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line
Telephone: +81 3-3403-0880
Website: http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp
Opening Hours: 10:30 to 17:30 (closed Mondays)
Admission: Depends on the exhibit, but typically 700 yen

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

"Art revisited, beauty revealed" is the mission of the Suntory Museum of Art, founded in 1961. This museum, located in Roppongi, is bringing the joy of "Art in Life" to a wider public by linking ancient art to modern art, eastern art to western art, across the boundaries of time and place and culture. The Suntory Museum of Art holds various exhibitions presenting collections comprised of Japan's antique arts and crafts, closely connected to Japanese life, as a wide and full art collection with enriched content.

Address: Tokyo Midtown Gardenside, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (Exit 8) on the Toei Oedo Line and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-3479-8600
Website: http://www.suntory.co.jp/sma/
Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00 to 20:00, Sun-Mon 10:00 to 18:00 (closed Tuesdays)
Admission: Varies by exhibition

The National Art Center, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

The National Art Center in Roppongi, opened in 2007, is with its 14,000 square meters of exhibition space Japan's largest art museum. The museum maintains no permanent collection of its own, but rather focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions organized by nationally recognized art associations. The building that houses The National Art Center Tokyo is an attraction in itself, with its eye-catching wave-shaped glass façade. The admission fee to the museum varies by exhibition, please check their website for details. No fee is charged for entry to other facilities such as the museum shop, art library, restaurant and café.

Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Nogizaka Station (Exit 6) on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Telephone: +81 3-5777-8600
Website: http://www.nact.jp
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (closed Tuesdays)
Admission: Varies by exhibition

Tobacco and Salt Museum

Tobacco and Salt Museum, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

Tobacco and Salt Museum in Shibuya gives you an insight in the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. This peculiar institution owes its existence to Japan's peculiar government monopoly on these two substances. The website advises that "dangerous substances are not permitted within the museum".

Address: Jinnan 1-16-8, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3476-2041
Website: http://www.jti.co.jp/Culture/museum/
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: 100 yen

Tokyo Anime Center

The Tokyo Anime Center is a permanent facility that has been created, to market anime to residents of Japan, as well as Western visitors. The facility hosts regular events like live radio interviews with creators and promotional displays for upcoming movies. You'll also find merchandise from popular anime series, such as mugs, key chains, promotional flyers, mouse pads, etc. It is located on the fourth floor of the Akihabara UDX building, near JR Akihabara Station.

Address: 4F Akihabara UDX, 4-14-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Akihabara Station
Telephone: +81 3-5298-1188
Website: http://www.animecenter.jp
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: Free

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space is a Japanese concert hall and theater located in Ikebukuro, operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture. Check out the events calendar on their website (see link below). The building also contains fine arts shops, restaurants, exhibition galleries and conference rooms. While you're here, don't miss the opportunity to ride in the world's longest escalator.

Address: 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-5391-2111
Website: http://www.geigeki.jp
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00 daily

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Museums and Galleries, Japan

Tokyo National Museum, located in Ueno Park, was established in 1872. This is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The museum has a large collection of over 110,000 objects with focus on ancient Japanese art and Asian art along the Silk Road. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art. Admission is 600 yen for adults and free for children. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 to 17:00.

Address: 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Ueno Station
Telephone: +81 3-3822-1111
Website: http://www.tnm.go.jp
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 17:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: 600 yen (Free for persons under 18 and over 70)