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Nezu Museum, Minato
(4.4/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
Visit Nezu Museum for a meticulous, captivating lesson in how Japanese art and culture have evolved throughout history. The museum houses Nezu Kaichirō's (1860 –1940) private collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art. Constructed in 1933, Nezu's family home-cum-museum consists of the main house, gate house, and three-story kura (storehouse) filled with relics, crafts, and works of art. Inspect the vast collection of Edo-period folding screens, paintings of renown, calligraphy, sculptures, Chinese bronzes, and archaeological materials. Should you tire from walking, rest outside in the serene traditional garden. Using our custom trip planner, Tokyo attractions like Nezu Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you're a must-see Museum of architecture degrees to Inez. The exhibition display, but tranquil gardens and Japanese-style architecture is beautiful.
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  • Small and intimate. Well curated. The star here, however, is the garden which is more like a small park. Go early in the day before crowds arrive and you can linger and take in the sights. It's a wond...  more »
  • Beautiful museum with huge park. The little cafe inside the museum is an added attraction. Once can enjoy art, history, nature and coffee/tea in one place. Simply love it. 
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  • A super beautiful museum. It has a small exhibit space so you won't get tired out trying to see everything. Most importantly it has the most beautiful garden to explore. I'd go back just for the garden. You also get to see some amazingly fancy shops on the wall over from the station.
  • Go for the building itself and the garden that functions as a second open-air museum studded with sculptures. The Buddhist sculpture in the atrium is stunning, but the second floor so-so. I tend to go only when I'm really interested in a special exhibition, once or twice a year. They're getting better at English descriptions.
  • The collection here is small and for me, uninspiring. But the real draws are the building itself, whose airy architecture fuses wood, glass and fabric, and the stunning garden, which is 10x larger than the museum building. The entry fee is worth it for the garden alone, which you should plan to invest serious time in on a nice day. The cafe food is awful, so just have a drink and eat elsewhere.
  • Beautiful museum with a great garden. Totally worth a visit.
  • Impressive gardens and museum building but tiny interior! The gardens are worth the visit however those not interested in the exhibits may not be able to justify the price.