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Sumida Hokusai Museum

5-10 minute walk from Ryogoku Station
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 400 yen (permanent exhibition), fee for temporary exhibitions varies
Opened in 2016 in Tokyo's Sumida City Ward, the birth place of Katsushika Hokusai, the well-done, fully bilingual Sumida Hokusai Museum features a permanent exhibition room with Hokusai's works through his life and interesting general information about ukiyo-e, as well as exhibition space for rotating, temporary exhibitions related to the great painter.

Nezu Museum

10 minute walk from Omotesando Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 1300 yen (regular), 1500 yen (special exhibitions)
This museum exhibits various Japanese and East Asian works of art with an emphasis on tea related art pieces and ancient Chinese bronzes. It also includes a spacious garden with a pond surrounded by a small forest and several tea houses.

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

5 minute walk from Yurakucho Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (Fridays until 19:00)
Closed: Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday) and New Year Holidays
Admission: 1200 yen
The Idemitsu Museum of Arts displays rotating exhibitions of Japanese and East Asian art from the collection of the founder of the Idemitsu petroleum company. There is also a traditional tea room and a ceramics gallery.

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

5 minute walk from Harajuku Station
Hours: 10:30 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year, between exhibitions
Admission: Varies by exhibition (typically 800 or 1000 yen)
This small and elegant museum exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Ota Seizo, which is comprised of more than 10,000 pieces of art. Exhibits are changed monthly.

Modern Art

National Museum of Modern Art

A few steps from Takebashi Subway Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed: Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen (300 yen after 17:00); free on first Sun each month, 5/18, 11/3
The National Museum of Modern Art displays works of modern art (from the Meiji Period on) produced by Japanese artists. The museum hosts permanent as well as temporary exhibitions.

Yayoi Kusama Museum

5 minute walk from Ushigome Yanagicho Subway Station
Entry by advance reservation for a specific date and time only
Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, New Year holidays
Admission: 1100 yen
The Yayoi Kusama Museum is the first museum of its kind dedicated to the works of Kusama Yayoi. Two exhibitions are held each year with curated artworks spread over the four gallery floors. Visitors must make advance online reservations to visit the museum.

Western Art

National Museum of Western Art

3 minute walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 20:00 on Fri and Sat)
Closed for renovations until spring 2022
Admission: 500 yen (free on 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, May 18 and Nov 3)
This museum displays Western art, primarily by European artists. There are rotating exhibitions from the museum's collection as well as temporary special exhibitions. The museum is Japan's only building designed by Le Corbusier and has been designated a World Heritage site alongside a few other buildings designed by the pioneer of modern architecture.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

5 minute walk from Tokyo Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition
Originally built in 1894 for the Mitsubishi Company as the first Western style office building in the Marunouchi district, the Ichigokan was reconstructed and opened in 2010 as a museum focusing on 19th century Western art.

Teien Art Museum

5-10 minute walk from Meguro Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: 2nd and 4th Wed of each month (or next day if Wed is national holiday), New Year holidays, between exhibitions
Admission: Varies by exhibition (typically 700 yen), 200 yen (garden)
This unique museum stages exhibitions in the former residence of a prince, built in Art Deco style in the 1930s, and in a modern annex. Exhibitions change periodically and cover various art forms, including paintings, sculptures, tableware and jewelery by mainly European, Russian and Japanese artists. The residence also features a Japanese-style pond garden.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

5 minute walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 20:00 on Fridays)
Closed: 1st and 3rd Monday each month (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year
Admission: Varies by exhibition
This museum displays all types of art in its six galleries. There is no permanent collection, but multiple concurrently held temporary exhibitions by various art groups. Some exhibitions are paid, others are free.

Artizon Museum

5 minute walk from the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition (typically 1500 yen)
Previously known as the Bridgestone Museum, the elegant and pleasant Artizon Museum was opened in the lower floors of the Museum Tower Kyobashi skyscraper in January 2020. It stages exhibitions from the Ishibashi Foundation Collection which is based on the art collection of the founder of the Bridgestone Corporation, Ishibashi Shojiro (Ishibashi translates to "stone bridge"). The collection is particularly strong on Western-style paintings by international and Japanese artists, but also contains ancient and Asian art.

Roppongi Art Triangle

Mori Museum••

5 minute walk from Roppongi Subway Station
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (until 17:00 on Tuesdays)
Closed: Between exhibitions
Admission: 2000 yen (2200 yen on weekends/holidays)
Located on the top floors of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, this innovative museum hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world.

National Art Center••

At Exit 6 of Nogizaka Subway Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fri and Sat)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tue is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition (typically 1000 yen)
Rather than having an own collection, this large governmental art museum hosts various temporary art exhibitions of high profile. Designed by Kurokawa Kisho, the museum was opened in 2007.

Suntory Museum of Art

At Exit 8 of Roppongi Subway Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed: Tuesdays and New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition (typically 1500 yen)
The Suntory Museum of Art is located at Tokyo Midtown inside the Galleria Shopping Mall. The museum shows temporary exhibitions of mixed art styles and periods with the overall theme of showing art in everyday life.

Photography

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

7 minute walk from Ebisu Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 20:00 on Thu and Fri)
Closed: Monday (or next day if Mon is a national holiday) and New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition
The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, also known as TOP Museum, is located inside Yebisu Garden Place near the Beer Museum. The exhibits change frequently and include other forms of art besides photography including video and sculpture.

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