The Best Museums in Tokyo

November 3, 2011 by

Best Of Lists, Sightseeing, Things To Do

See what old Tokyo was like at the Edo-Tokyo Museum

Exploring everything from Japan’s history and culture to anime, photography and the just plain bizarre is easy. There’s a museum in Tokyo that will inform, entertain and inspire you.

Ueno Park is a good place to start. There’s a wealth of museums here just a stone’s throw from each other, including the impressive Tokyo National Museum. We’ve listed our picks for the best museums in Tokyo, according to interest.

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Studio Ghibli Museum
If you are not acquainted with the gorgeous anime that’s produced here then you soon will be. Kids will love it and you will too.

Art & Photography

The National Museum of Modern Art
The Craft & Design Gallery, the National Film Center and the Art Museum are all part of this complex.


Metropolitan Museum of Photography
This absorbing museum has three floors to explore plus regular exhibitions.


Edo-Tokyo Museum
The displays and life-sized recreations help you to experience life in the Edo, Meiji and early Showa periods.


Tokyo National Museum
The oldest, the largest and possibly the best, museum in Tokyo. You could easily spend a day wandering through the huge collections.


Meguro Parasite Museum
Teenage boys and those with a cast-iron stomach (or the just plain bizarre) will love this unique museum.


National Museum of Nature & Science
This huge museum is across the road from the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park. It’s a winner with older children.

- Emma McMahon

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One Response to “The Best Museums in Tokyo”

  1. Ray Says:

    The renovated Yushukan Museum on the grounds of the Yasukuni Shrine is Japan’s oldest museum (founded in 1882) and is a must see for tourists interested in a Japanese perspective of their military past.


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