Nezu Museum in Aoyama, Tokyo

Nezu Museum: Feel the Beauty of Japanese and East Asian Art

Nezu Museum (根津美術館) is an art museum in Aoyama, Tokyo. The museum was founded by Nezu Kaichiro in 1940 and showcases the private collection of the founder himself. An extensive collection of approx 7,400 pieces of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art are displayed at the museum including National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, and Important Art Objects. The museum also hosts special exhibitions through the year. The museum was closed due to large-scale renovation and re-opened in 2009 with a completely new building.

One of the must-see pieces at the museum is a pair of Edo period folding “screens of Irises” by Ogata Kōrin. The collection includes paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, archaeological materials and so on. Nezu Museum is also known for its sophisticated Japanese-style garden and the bamboo lined approach. The beautiful complex of the museum also includes traditional tea house, shop and cafe.

The museum is situated in Minami Aoyama area and highly accessible from Shibuya and Omotesando both are popular areas for shopping and entertainments.

-Nazu Museum (根津美術館)


Access: 8 mins walk from Omotesando station Exit 5A

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00

Closed: Mondays, during exhibition installation and New Year’s holiday period

Admission fee: Special exhibitions 1,500 yen/Museum collection exhibition 1,300 yen

Genre: Japanese and East Asian art

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