Tokyo Best Art Museums and Galleries List

Interesting Museums and Galleries Guide You Must Go In Tokyo

We introduce interesting exhibitions and permanent collections held at museums and galleries in Tokyo, Japan.

There are various kinds of art. Modern art, contemporary art, photography, anime, ukiyo-e, samurai, nature and science, etc.

You can see details and highlights, current exhibitions, open hours, closed days, routes to museums.


Tokyo museums list

Tokyo museums hold various exhibitions. As well as Japanese art, they show western art as well.

There are over 100 art museums in Tokyo, Japan. They have different types of art. Modern, contemporary, Ukiyo-e, nature and science, culture, anime and manga, digital art, photography.

You can find current exhibitions and permanent collections including information, open hours,  admission fee and how to get there.

“Ukiyo-e” is a genre of Japanese art.

The “Edo” period is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan.

“Samurai” were the military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan.

Your can meet your favorite animes and mangas in Tokyo. The word “anime” is the Japanese term for animation, which means all forms of animated media. “Manga” are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language anime.  Doraemon, crayon shin-chan, naruto, dragon ball, ghibli.


Tokyo galleries list

Galleries in Tokyo provide venues where young artists can express their creative talents. You can discover exciting new artists. Ginza and Roppongi consist galleries.

Modern art, photography, digital art.

Tokyo museums open on Monday and Sunday

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Not every Tokyo museums are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Tokyo Museums Open Late

You can enjoy museums and galleries after dark in Tokyo.

Late night museums Tokyo.

Museums open late in Tokyo.

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Tokyo museums and galleries place to go

ueno, asakusa, roppongiginza, shibuya, harajuku, shinjuku

Tokyo museums free fee

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National Museums in Tokyo Japan

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MoMAT)
The National Museum of Western Art (NMWA)
The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT)
National Film Archive of Japan (NFAJ)

Tokyo Metropolitan Museums in Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography)
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Tokyo Arts and Space

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (currently closed until late March 2019 for renovations)
Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery (currently closed for renovation, scheduled finished in 2019)


Japanese Culture You can try in Tokyo

Japanese dance workshop free fee at Asakusa

Japanese dance workshop, short-term Experience Program for Foreign Visitors.

Try on a yukata and experience "Nihon Buyo".
"Nihon buyo" is a type of traditional Japanese dance that has a history of nearly 400 years. You can wear a yukata and learn how to dance in this workshop for free.

Hour: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 1hour (Every Sunday from April 8 2018 to March 31 2019)

Venue: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center 6F


Shamisen of Nagauta workshop free fee at Asakusa

"Shamisen" of "Nagauta" workshop. Experience the Popular “Shamisen of Nagauta” workshop in Asakusa.

"Shamisen" is a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument. It is played with a plectrum called a "bachi". "Nagauta", which originated as "Kabuki" music, is a type of traditional Japanese music played on Shamisen.

You can try Shamisen and professional nagauta players will give a powerful performance and explain nagauta in a way that makes it easy even for first-timers to understand.

Hours: 11:30, 13:20, 15:10 (1 hour each)
(September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16, 2018,
January 20, February 17 2019)

Venue: AsakusaCulture Tourist Information Center 6F


Engei in Edo-Tokyo Museum

Engei in Edo-Tokyo Museum. "Engei" is traditional performing arts from the Edo period.

Participants can experience techniques used in a variety of performances (“kyokugei”traditional acrobatics, “kamikiri” paper cutting, and “wazuma” traditional Japanese magic) which are still popular at vaudeville shows today, with demonstrations by professional people.

"Wazuma" is traditional magic that has been handed down from 400 years ago. Which was extremely popular among the masses in the Edo period.
An instructor will explain the brief history of wazuma while providing you the opportunity to try it out.

"Kamikiri" is traditional Japanese paper cutting.
Kamikiri is an improvised art which a performer creates only by a sheet of paper and scissors, according to audience’s requests. You will cut the paper based on some themes. You can take the paper cutout home after you finish it.

"Kyokugei" is a traditional Japanese acrobatics.
You can see the "kasamawashi" performance which means rotating an umbrella with some objects, as well as gokai-jawan, using a long rod to support some objects on top of the rod.
You can try performances such as kasamawashi and kamitate (a part of gokai-jawan).

Hhours: 12:30, 14:00, 16:00 30min (Every Saturday from April 14, 2018 to March 30, 2019)

Venue: Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F Permanent exhibition area

Noh "Sumidagawa" with English Translation (Feb 23, 2019)

Noh "Sumidagawa" with English Translation (13:00 - 16:15 Feb 23, 2019)

  • Commentary of Noh "SUMIDAGAWA" by Robert Campbell
  • Japanese Style Voice Training and Vocalization Experience
  • Performance Noh "SUMIDAGAWA" with subtitled in English
  • Post-Performance Talk

Admission fee 2500yen, 3000yen (All seats reserved)



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