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Japanese Art

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: 1000 yen (regular), 1300 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: 1000 yen
Reopened in 2007 after a two year renovation, the Idemitsu Museum of Art displays a rotating collection of Japanese and East Asian art. 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 700 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

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

15 minute walk from Shinagawa Station
Hours: 11:00 to 17:00 (Wednesdays until 20:00)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a holiday) and New Year holidays
Admission: 1100 yen
This museum has a curious collection of modern art, and exhibits paintings, sculptures, videos and installations by Japanese and international artists. The Hara Museum ARC, a branch of this museum, is located in Ikaho.

National Museum of Modern Art

A few steps from Takebashi Subway Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (until 20:00 on weekends)
Closed: Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 430 yen, free the first Sunday of every month
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.

Western Art

National Museum of Western Art

3 minute walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 17:00 in winter, until 20:00 on Fri and Sat)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 1
Admission: 430 yen (free on 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, 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 20:00 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 reopened in 2010 as a museum focusing on 19th century Western art.

Teien Art Museum

5-10 minute walk from Meguro Station
Closed for renovations from April 10 to November 17, 2017
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: 2nd&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), 100 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 pretty 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&3rd Mony each month (or next day if Mon is a holiday), New Year
Admission: Varies by exhibition
Reopened in April 2012, 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.

Bridgestone Museum of Art

The Bridgestone Museum is closed from May 18, 2015 for several years due to the renewal of the building.
The works displayed at the Bridgestone Museum of Art are from the museum's collection of impressionist, post impressionist, and 20th century artworks, and includes some sculpture and ancient 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: Varies by exhibition (typically 1800 yen)
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 Fridays)
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 (Fri to Sat until 20:00)
Closed: Tuesdays and January 1
Admission: Varies by exhibition (typically 1300 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 (Thu and Fri until 20:00)
Closed: Monday (or next day if Mon is a national holiday) and New Year
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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