Whenever you travel getting to know the history and culture of the city and the country is a great thing. And a great place to start would definitely be at a museum! Tokyo is filled with museums and art galleries from traditional Japanese to modern art!

Museums to know the city of Tokyo

Japanese art is well known around the world.  To get to know the history of Tokyo in an interesting and interactive way, visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum located in Sumida.  If you have a free afternoon and you’re interested in learning more about the city’s development you can also join a free guided tour around the museum, provided by enthusiastic volunteers in different languages.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum. From Wikipedia

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Address:
1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Getting there by train:
JR- Ryogoku Station

Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Website:
http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/

Enjoy the Modern Art in Tokyo

But if you prefer contemporary art Tokyo is still a place for you. With numerous museum and galleries there are great places that worthwhile. The Mori Art Museum is located in Roppongi, on the 53rd floors. Not only it always has great exhibitions but it also provides you with a breath-taking view over the city. The Museum of Contemporary Art has exceptional exhibitions from design to fashion, and the permanent collection also worth a visit. You can also eat and drink in the museum great café and restaurant while you admire the beautiful building that was designed by architect, Takahiko Yanagisawa. The National Art Center Tokyo hosts various interesting exhibitions seasonally. From modern art to manga, check out the website to see what's happening right now. If you like photography, Taka Ishii Gallery is the place for you. The gallery showcases prints of the most famous Japanese photographers, such as Daido Moriyama, and Nobuyoshi Araki.

Coca cola vase at Mori Art Museum

Coca cola vase at Mori Art Museum. From Wikipedia

Mori Art Museum

Address:
Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F

Getting there by train:
Hibiya Line / Oedo Line –Roppongi station

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  (Tue -5:00 p.m.). Open every day.

Website:
http://www.mori.art.museum/

Museum of Contemporary Art

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

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (enter by 5:30).
Closed Mondays

Website:
http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/index.html

National Art Center Tokyo

Address:
7 Chome-22-2 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo

Tel:
+81 3-6812-9925

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M., Closes at 8:00 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Closed on Tuesdays

Website:
http://www.nact.jp/english/

Taka Ishii Gallery

Address:
1-3-2 5F Kiyosumi Koto-ku Tokyo,

Tel:
+81 3 5646 6050

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Website:
http://www.takaishiigallery.com/en/

Learn about past and future

Are you more interested in historical Japan? The Samurai Museum awaits for you with a fun and interesting collection of the history of samurais in Japan. While you want to experience the modernity of Japan, you should visit t Miraikan  – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation! In this spectacular interactive museum you can meet robots and learn about the great advances that Japanese science is working on. Both museums will be enjoyable for any age and gender, guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Samurai Museum

Address:
2-25-6 Kabukicho Eiwa Dairoku Bldg 1F, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tel:
+81 364576411

Hours:
10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Open everyday

Website:
http://samuraimuseum.jp/

Miraikan

Address:
2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Tel:
+81 3-3570-9151

Hours:
Wednesday to Monday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Website:
http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en

Go see the National Treasures of Japan

Museums of Tokyo are filled with the country’ national treasures, form ancient everyday objects to painting. For example the illustrated biography of Prince Shotoku is on display in the Tokyo National Museum, as well as the Sixteen Arhats, a set of 16 hanging scrolls from the 11th century.

Tokyo National Museum

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

Getting there by train:
JR – Ueno Station

Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 pm

Website
http://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en

Learn more about manga and anime in Japan

Manga and anime are a huge part of Japanese modern culture. If you are in Tokyo, don't forget to check out manga and anime related museums to learn about what makes people so obsessed. Suginami Animation Museum lets you learn about anime in a structured way, beyond generations. The museum offers a comprehensive view of all aspects of anime, from its history to its future. If you have particular characters in mind, how about visiting Tokyo ONE PIECE Tower or Fujiko F. Fujio Museum to meet your favorite character? Those themed museums allow you to indulge in their stories with varieties of exhibitions including actual drawings of the authors.

Suginami Animation Museum

Address:
3 Chome-29-5 Kamiogi, Suginami, Tokyo

Getting there by train:
JR – Ogikubo Station

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last admission 5:30 p.m.)
Closed on Mondays

Website
http://sam.or.jp/english_home

Tokyo ONE PIECE Tower

Address:
Foot Town inside Tokyo Tower, 1st and 3rd floor

Getting there by train:
JR – Hamamatsucho Station

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission 9:00 p.m.)

Website
https://onepiecetower.tokyo/?lang=en

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Address:
2-chome 8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa Prefecture

Getting there by train:
JR – Noborito Station

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Website
http://fujiko-museum.com/english/

Find more anime and manga museums: 6 Manga and Anime Museums in and around Tokyo You Didn't Know

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