The result of 70 years of intense collecting, the Idemitsu Museum showcases the vast collection of Sazo Idemitsu, who founded one of Japan's major petroleum companies. Some 15,000 works of art are displayed on a rotating basis, allowing visitors to see something new every couple of months. While there are a few Western pieces, the main focus is on East Asian art, varying from colorful ukiyo-e woodblock prints and Japanese yamato-e paintings to ceramics from across all ancient civilizations.
Besides the impressive collections and carefully curated exhibits, the museum is known for its enviable location overlooking the Imperial Palace. After admiring the displays and educational Sherd Room, take a seat by the picture windows and gaze down into the Imperial Gardens.