Attraction 6-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0062, Japan Published on: 03-05-2017
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Why Nezu Museum is special ?
The Nezu museum is a private collection of Japanese and Asian art - from calligraphy to painting, ceramics and textiles. The industrialist and president of the Tobu railway company, Nezu Kaichiro was an avid art collector. The site of the museum and garden used to be his private residence, which he bought in 1906. After his death in 1940, his son founded the museum to preserve the collection. In World War II however, the museum and gardens were severly destroyed.
What to explore at Nezu Museum?
The hilly garden has two ponds that are connected by small streams. Upon every turn of the numerous winding paths, you can see a new garden lantern, memorial stone, Buddha or Kan'non statue. The garden also has some well-preserved tea houses. Near the main building, you can find a modern cafe. The wide window front on three sides let's you enjoy the garden while having a light lunch or coffee and cake.
How to get to Nezu Museum?
By car: Approximately 10 minutes from Metropolitan Expressway Takagicho.
By train:8 minutes by foot from Omotesando Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line.
By bus: Take a Tobus Shibu88 bound for Shibuya-Shimbashi 5 minutes by foot from the bus stop Minami Aoyama 6 chome. Take a CHIBUS Route Aoyama, Roppongi Hills-Akasakamitsuke Station. 1 minute walk from the bus stop Seinan shogakko (elementary school).
- A treasure in Central Tokyo
- What a Gem
- An oasis of tranquility
- Beautiful Oasis of Calm
- Great small museum and beautiful garden
6-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0062, Japan
Tips for you
It's located bang in the central Tokyo but does not look it. The permanent collection might not be particularly exciting but there sometimes are very interesting special exhibitions. If even that doesn't interest you, it'd be nice to walk around the garden to rest after shopping (or whatever) around Omotesando. (Wheelchair access to the museum but not really in the garden)