Attractions

Nezu Museum 根津美術館

How to Get There

  • 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).

An oasis of Japanese and Asian art

The Nezu Museum, dedicated to a vast collection of over 7,400 works of Japanese and East Asian art, synthesizes traditional art forms, modern Japanese architecture, and a Japanese landscape garden into one harmonious complex.

Tips

  • The museum's extensive permanent collection of Asian art
  • Strolling through the 17,000 square meter Japanese landscape garden
  • Lunch or tea at the Nezu Cafe inside the garden, with stunning views on three sides

The wide range of works in the permanent collection include, calligraphy, painting, ceramics and textiles, with a strong focus on Buddhist art. Special exhibitions change every two months.

As well as the art, there is the expansive Japanese garden, which is a reason in itself to visit. Find a moment of peace while ambling along the garden paths surrounded by ponds, streams, garden lanterns and well-preserved tea houses.

The museum was originally commissioned by Nezu Kaichiro, a Japanese industrialist and passionate art-lover and collector, and opened its doors for the first time in 1941. The reconstructed building, which opened in 1990, was designed by internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma.

An eight minute walk from the bustling fashion district of Omotesando, you can access the museum conveniently via the Hanzomon, Ginza and Chiyoda subway lines from Omotesando Station. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays.