Museums in Tokyo

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Tokyo is a massively sprawling city that is filled with museums, most of which are worth a visit. Whether you're interested in history, culture, art or science, there's a museum for you. Here's a rundown of the museums listed by category.

History and Culture

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest museum in Tokyo and is definitely at the top of the list to visit. You can view artwork, pottery, clothing and more from various time periods in Japan's history. The museum is located at 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku. Edo-Tokyo Museum is also good for the history and culture of Japan. Find it at 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku. The Paper Museum, located at 1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, showcases the process of making and using paper in the traditional Japanese style. If you prefer the finer arts you can visit the Nezu Institute of Fine Art at 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. If you're more interested in economic history, you might like to stop at the Tobacco and Salt Museum at 1-16-8 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku. Finally, the poetry and calligraphy museum, the Mitsuo Aida, is located in the Ginza Toshiba Building, Ginza, Chuo-ku.


For lovers of art, there are many galleries in Tokyo that showcase the various types of art. The Hara Museum deals with contemporary artwork. It can be found at 4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku. There's also the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art at 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku. The Bunkamura Museum of Art can be found at 24-1,Dogenzaka 2-chome Shibuya-ku, and the Matsuoka Museum of art is located at 12-6, Shirokanedai, 5-chome, Minato-ku.


There are several science museums, including the National Museum of Nature and Science at 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku. You can also visit the Railway Museum at 3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken.

September 30, 2009 new by tiffanymparker

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