Japan is home to a large number and variety of excellent museums. Whether it is about religion, science, history, geography or arts and crafts, museums of different subjects and interests can be found across the country:

Below is a list of some of the best museums in Japan sorted by category:

Traditional art

Kofukuji National Treasure Museum

Nara National Museum

Adachi Museum of Art

Kubota Itchiku Art Museum

National Art Center Tokyo

Miho Museum

Otsuka Museum of Art

Contemporary art

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Teshima Art Museum

Chichu Art Museum

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum


Tokyo National Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum


Sengukan Museum

Upopoy Ainu National Museum


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum

Chiran Tokko Museum


Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

National Science Museum

National Museum of Emerging Science


The Railway Museum

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Kyoto Railway Museum


Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum

Mount Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall

Minamata Disease Municipal Museum

Special interests

Ghibli Museum

Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

The Sand Museum

Sapporo Beer Museum