TOKYO MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
Tokyo Museums and Art Galleries - Tokyo features the top museums and art galleries in Japan including the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo.
Tokyo National Museum
Edo Tokyo Museum is a museum of the history of Tokyo in Sumida . The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo (Tokyo).
Eisei Bunko Museum exhibits over 100,000 historical documents and painting, plus 6,000 artifacts and works of fine art from the Hosokawa family. Eisei Bunko Museum is on part of the former Hosokawa family residence in Bunkyo Ward Tokyo.
The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures (Horyu-ji Homotsukan) contains Art works from the 319 Horyu-ji Treasures, originally donated to the Imperial Household by Horyu-ji in 1878, are exhibited in six rooms. The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures is part of the Tokyo National Museum.
Ghibli Museum is a museum featuring the work of the famous Japanese anime Studio Ghibli. Ghibli Museum features perminant and special exhibitions, a theatre showing short films, a mock up of an animation studio. Ghibli Museum is at the south western end of Inogashira Park Mitaka in western Tokyo.
Hatoyama Hall, in Otowa District of Bunkyo Ward Tokyo, is a western style residence which was built by Iichiro Hatoyama in 1924. Today Hatoyama Hall is partly a museum which commemorates the achievement of politicians from the Hatoyama Family, such as Ichiro, Yukio and Kunio.
History Museum - The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute, also referred to as Iwasaki House, is in Ikenohata, Bunkyo Ward central Tokyo. History Museum - The Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute Building, designed by English architect, Josiah Conder, is old main residence of the Iwasaki family, founder of Mitsubishi Zaibatsu.
The Hyokei-kan is part of the Tokyo National Museum. This building is designated as an Important Cultural Property as a representative example of Western-style architecture of the late Meiji period (early 20th century). It is open for events and temporary exhibitions only
Japan Football Museum is within Japan Football Association Building in Bunkyo Ward Tokyo. Japan Football Museum attractions include a virtual stadium and reproduction of the locker room of the Japan national team. The nearest train station to Japan Football Museum is Ochanomizu.
Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum includes a library, reference rooms and of course the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (Yakyu Dendo). Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum moved to its current site within Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo Ward Tokyo, in 1988.
Katsushika City Museum features distinct sections: history, foklore, archeology and astronomy. Katsushika City Museum, opened in 1991, even has a digital planetarium, an astronomic observatory, a solar telescope and a spectroscope room. Katsushika City Museum is in Katsushika Ward of north eastern Tokyo.
Kodansha Noma Memorial Museum is a fine Japanese arts museum in the Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo. Kodansha Noma Memorial Museum was built to commerate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Japan's largest publishing company, Kodansha Publishing Company. Kodansha Noma Memorial Museum opened in 2000, is in former residence of the grand daughter, Sawako Noma, of the company's founder Seiji Noma. Sawako Noma was also a former president of the company.
Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, officially known as Kaigakan, is the center piece of the Meiji Jingu Gaien, the outer precient of Meiji Jingu Shrine. Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery features 80 large wall paintings which depict the lives of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is in Shibuya Ward of central Tokyo.
Mori Art Museum is an art gallery which frequently holds special exhibitions. Mori Art Museum is on the 53rd floor of the Mori Tower Building which is part of the Roppongi Hills complex in the Roppongi District of Minato Ward.
Museum of Contemporary Art, within Kiba Park in Koto Ward Tokyo, is a public museum specialising in contemporary art. Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in 1995 and focuses on works created after 1945.
The Museum of Maritime Science is a six-story museum shaped like a full-sized ocean liner, unsurprisingly devoted to ships. One of the main displays, a gigantic turbine engine, was actually set in place first and the museum was built around it. There are a few historic vessels on the adjacent wharf. The Museum of Maritime Science is in Odaiba Tokyo.
The National Art Center, in Roppongi Tokyo, is an art gallery which mainly focuses on modern art and paintings (20th century). The National Art Center uses its 47,960 sqm to display 600 pieces. The National Art Center was opened in January 2007, in a building formerly used as a research facility by the University of Tokyo. The National Art Center building is a very modern design by Kisho Kurokawa and features a wave shape at the front of the building.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation aims to provide a place where people can experience the latest science technology. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, which opened on the 9th of July 2001, is curated by the Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mori. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is in Odaiba Tokyo.
National Museum of Nature and Science recently re-opened in a new building, focuses on the living world, with life-sized representations of practically every life form the earth has ever seen, from the blue whale (outside the old building) to hundreds of exotic insects. TheNational Museum of Nature and Science has had many names in the past including National Science Museum of Japan, Tokyo Science Museum, Tokyo Museum and Misistry of Education Museum. The National Museum of Nature and Science is within Ueno Park Tokyo.
The National Museum of Western Art is the premier public art gallery in Japan specializing in art from the Western tradition including the original of Rodin's famous The Thinker. The National Museum of Western Art is within Ueno Park Tokyo.
Nissan Gallery is on the corner of the famous Ginza 4 Chome intersection which is essentially the heart of Ginza. The Nissan Gallery displays new and classic automobiles, art and designs. The building also serves as Nissan's head office.
Printing Museum Tokyo exhibits history and culture of printing. Printing Museum Tokyo exhibits include the Kelly automatic high-speed printer, the Kelmscott Press and The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Printing Museum Tokyo is in the head office building of Toppan Printing, Suido District Bunkyo Ward Tokyo.
The TEPCO Electric Power Museum is a multistory building with very distinctive Tokyo Architecture. The TEPCO Electric Power Museum features information on nuclear power. TEPCO stands for Tokyo Electric Power Company. The TEPCO Electric Power Museum is in Shibuya.
Tobacco and Salt Museum is an unusual topic for a museum, but it relates back to the former monopoly on the sale of these two products by the Japanese government. The museum depicts the history of tobacco and salt around the world and specifically in Japan. The Tobacco and Salt Museum Shibuya.
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is an art museum in Minato Ward Tokyo, but is actually close to the Meguro Station. While the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Building is a relatively modern Art Deco building, it has served three significant roles in the past: State Guest House (1950 - 74), Office Residence of the Prime Minister (1947 - 50) and residence of Prince Asaka Yasuhiko (1933 - 47). The name of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is derived from the Japanese gardens (teien) which fill the grounds and surround the building.
Toyota MEGA WEB is a Toyota car technology showcase where you see some great racing cars Toyota produces, drive a micro electric car and sit in many of the current Toyota cars many of which are not available outside of Japan. Toyota MEGA WEB is in Odaiba Tokyo.
Author: Craig Fryer