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Updated: April 2, 2018

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 東京国立近代美術館

3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda City, Tokyo

See the dynamic art of a changing Japan

Encompassing a huge collection of art ranging from the Meiji Era to the modern day, the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) showcases works by both Japanese and international artists, demonstrating the cultural impact the West has had on the country’s art starting at the turn of the 19th century. With over 13,000 items, the works at MOMAT reflect a turbulent Japan that was rapidly modernizing and changing as they were created, giving you an extensive visual insight into the time period.


The museum building itself is in a beautiful area of Tokyo nearby the Imperial Palace and its vast green surroundings are especially lovely in the spring and autumn. Although the Takebashi metro station is right outside the museum, a walk from Tokyo Station will take you through these historic sights on your way. The museum’s rotating special exhibition space also offers scenic views of the area once you arrive.

Right next door, you’ll find the Crafts Gallery, housed in a 20th-century European brick building, as well as the family-friendly Science Museum across the way.

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