Tokyo is the capital and the most populous city in Japan. The city is a perfect amalgamation of modernity and traditions. On one hand, Tokyo is a thriving metropolis with gleaming skyscrapers, famously crowded streets and soaring office buildings and on the other hand, series of small towns and neighbourhoods clustered together, each with its own history, flavour, and atmosphere with fruit stands and small grocery stores. Beneath this technologically advanced appearance of Tokyo, the vibrant culture of the city thrives in its graceful tea ceremonies, ancient temples, exquisite gardens and Imperial palaces. With a vibrant culture, rich history and unique traditions, Tokyo is considered to be one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world.

Tokyo has a wealth of museums giving glimpses into Japan’s rich and diverse history, and an impressive number of smaller museums and galleries showcasing homegrown artists. The best way to get a true taste of the culture, traditions and history of the city is to take a tour of some of the best and most unique museums in Tokyo, which include the Tokyo National Museum, the country’s largest museum and specialising in traditional Japanese art with other famous museums like National Museum of Western Art, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, National Museum of Modern Art, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Ghibli Museum, Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center. Other top museums in Tokyo include The Museum at Bunkamura, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, Nezu Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. There are a number of unusual museums in Tokyo that are a must visit, especially for kids. These include venues like Tokyo Trick Art Museum, Tobacco and Salt Museum, Kite Museum, Meiji University Museum Criminal Materials Department, Museum of Sewerage, Samurai Museum and the Meguro Parasitological Museum. The museums give you an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the city and give you quiet, quality time to explore the wonder surprises that lurk within them.

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  1. Tokyo National Museum

    #1 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Tokyo National Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, History Museum, Sculpture

    Address: 13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest museum in Japan. It was built in 1872 in the Ueno Garden. This museum has a vast breadth of artifacts from different periods of history in Japan. From Buddhism ...Read more

  2. Tokyo Imperial Palace

    #2 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Tokyo Imperial Palace

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum, Garden, Waterfall

    Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The sprawling three kilometer campus of the Imperial palace is at the heart of this old capital. With the resident royal family of Japan, the Tokyo Imperial palace is a piece of living history in Japa...Read more

  3. Edo- Tokyo Museum

    #3 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Edo- Tokyo Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Architecture , Specialty Museum

    Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo 130-0015, Japan

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Edo Museum in Tokyo is a window into the lives of the people who resided in the old capital from 1600s to late 1800s. The architecture, the culture and the rush of urbanization is visible in the e...Read more

  4. Ghibli Museum

    #4 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Ghibli Museum

    Tags: Specialty Museum

    Address: 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A Ghibli studio is the home of Totoro- a character that is associated with nature and nostalgia that can only be the sweetness of our childhoods. Based on the movie “Tonari no Totoro” (the...Read more

  5. Subway Museum

    #5 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Subway Museum

    Tags: Specialty Museum

    Address: Japan, 〒134-0084 Tokyo, Edogawa City, Higashikasai, 6 Chome−3番1号 東京メトロ東西線葛西駅高架下

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Sunway Museum in Japan is the interactive museum depicting the history of Subway service in the area, how it evolved through the years and how it became an inseparable part of the urban life. Here...Read more

  6. National Museum Of Nature And Science

    #6 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    National Museum Of Nature And Science

    Tags: Science Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: 7-20 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8718, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    National Museum of Nature and Science is located at the northeast corner of the famous Ueno Park. The Museum has opened its door to the public in 1871 and was formerly called the Ministry of Education...Read more

  7. The National Art Center, Tokyo

    #7 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    The National Art Center, Tokyo

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Architecture

    Address: 7 Chome-22-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-8558, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    The National Art Center in Tokyo is a museum dedicated to the arts of the country. The museum is a joint project between the agency for cultural affairs and the national administrative institution. Th...Read more

  8. Mori Art Museum

    #8 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Mori Art Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango106-6153 Minato-ku, Tokyo ,Roppongi 6-10-1 , Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Mori Art Museumis a contemporary art museum which was founded by the real estate developer Minoru Mori. The museum focuses on contemporary art and also on the works of many talented Asian artists. The...Read more

  9. Shitamachi Museum

    #9 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Shitamachi Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Japan, Yubinbango110-0007 Tokyo, Taito, Ueno Park 2-1

    Timings: 09:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    Shitamachi Museum is located on the shores of the Shinobazu Pond in Tokyo. The museum is dedicated to the traditions and culture of the Tokyo’s Shitamachi. Visit the destination as it gives some...Read more

  10. Nezu Museum

    #10 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Nezu Museum

    Tags: Art Museum

    Address: 6-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Nezu Museumspecialise in pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art, with amotto of preserving these art forms and artefacts the place came into being. There are many ancient and historical artefacts that...Read more

  11. National Museum Of Western Art

    #11 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    National Museum Of Western Art

    Tags: Art Museum, Art Gallery

    Address: 7-7 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    National Museum of Western Art is a picturesque public art gallery in the region. The Museum specialises in Western art and is a paradise for art lovers. The place is nestled in the zoo complex in Uen...Read more

  12. National Museum Of Modern Art

    #12 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    National Museum Of Modern Art

    Tags: Art Museum

    Address: 3-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8322, Japan

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    National Museum of Modern Art is known and known well for its collection of modern Japanese art and artefacts. The museum is complete and picturesque in all ways but the highlight of the show is the 2...Read more

  13. Samurai Museum

    #13 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Samurai Museum

    Tags: Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Address: Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kabukicho, 2−25−6 永和第6ビル

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Details

    The Samurai Museum will be your perfect guide to the lives of the samurai soldiers and a great opportunity to live in their shoes through the recreational activities such as shooting and swaying of sw...Read more

  14. Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

    #14 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

    Tags: Art Museum

    Address: 5 Chome-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato, Tokyo 108-0071, Japan

    Timings: 10:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museumis the Art deco former residence of Prince Asaka and today stands as one of the most picturesque art galleries in the destination.The museum has a lot of exhibitions...Read more

  15. Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

    #15 of 31 Museums in Tokyo
    Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum

    Address: Japan, 100-0005, Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi Brick Square, Marunouchi 2-chome, 6-2

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located in Tokyo's Marunouchi district Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is a fantastic art museum that has gained a lot of popularity due to its exciting exhibitions and art works. The museum opened its do...Read more

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