Truly an urban oasis, this museum not only presents pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art but also offers an extensive Japanese garden in which to stroll.
A private collection, based on businessman Kaichiro Nezu’s (1860-1940) collection, comprises more than 7,400 items including bronze sake vessels dating to the pre-Common Era as well as a vast collection of Buddhist art and tea utensils, many of which are listed as national treasures and important cultural properties.
Take note of the main building, which was renovated in 2009. Designed by Kengo Kuma, an architect renowned for projects including the new Kabuki Theater in Ginza and the National Athletic Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it integrates seamlessly with the garden.
The 17,000 square meter garden is well known for its irises, which bloom at the end of April, and features four teahouses. During the in-season, Japan’s National Treasure “Irises” is on display. This pair of beautiful six-panel folding screens by Ogata Korin is well worth a special trip. Other facilities include a garden café and a museum shop.
6-5-1 Minamiaoyama Minato-ku Tokyo
OPEN 10:00-17:00 Admission until 30 minutes before closing
CLOSED Monday (If a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum is open that Monday and closed on the following weekday), Year-end Holidays, during
exhibition change over
ACCESS Tokyo Metro OMOTE-SANDO
TICKET Adult ¥1,300 – ¥1,600 ※online booking required
FACILITY Shop: museum shop, Café: NEZUCAFÉ