Explore Japan's essential sites and hidden gems
Naoshima Island Tour
There are no temples, shrines or medieval castles to visit on this island in the Japanese inland sea (Setouchi), but seven spaces dedicated to contemporary art, bathed in sunshine.
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MORI Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON TeamLab Borderless
The MORI Building Digital Art Museum is a jewel of TeamLab, a Japanese artistic collective that continues to gain in popularity.
The National Crafts Museum
Recently moved from its original location in Tokyo to Kanazawa in the Ishikawa prefecture, the National Crafts Museum is a great asset in the conservation and promotion of Japanese crafts.
Hakone Open Air Museum
This unusual museum is experienced by way of a walk through a hundred sculptures in a natural setting.
Here you can experience Japanese technology in all its forms: Robots, Space exploration and a planetarium. Welcome to the future.
Hiroshima Peace Park
The symbol of a national tragedy and now preserved as a peace memorial, dedicated to promoting peace and looking to a brighter future.
The international manga museum
The Kyoto International Manga Museum invites you to discover or rediscover, far from Western clichés, an art in its own right in Japanese culture: manga.
The Fukui Dinosaur Museum (Kanazawa)
Since July 14, 2000, you can visit the largest dinosaur museum, if not the world, at least for Japan. Located in Fukui, not far from the traditional city of Kanazawa.
Tokyo Yayoi Kusama Museum
Inaugurated in October 2017 in the Waseda district of the Shinjuku, the Yayoi Kusama Museum celebrates the ever-changing and extraordinary work of the visionary contemporary artist. We hig
Ibusuki Naval Air Base Memorial
Ibusuki Naval Air Base Memorial: read a guide to a World War II era memorial dedicated to the young kamikaze pilots who flew suicide missions at the end of the Pacific conflict.
Visit a soba factory in Echizen
Echizen Soba no Sato is a soba factory in Echizen city.
Aqua Park Shinagawa
Aqua Park Shinagawa is in the heart of the Japanese capital, a beautiful renovated aquarium to delight young and old alike.
Tottori Sand Museum
Discover gigantic ephemeral sculptures of sand, gathered in a vast room at the Tottori Sand Museum.
Awa Ikeda Tobacco Museum
The Awa Ikeda Tobacco Museum in Tokushima, Shikoku tells the history of tobacco smoking and kiseru pipes in Japan since the Momoyama and Edo periods.
Flight of Dreams & Seattle Terrace
Flight of Dreams & Seattle Terrace at Centrair combines an aviation museum on the Boeing Dreamliner with a mall of Seattle-style shops and restaurants.
Yamato Museum Kure Hiroshima
The Yamato Museum in Kure, Hiroshima is dedicated to the Yamoto battleship, the largest of its type when launched in 1940.
Awaji Puppet Theater
The Awaji Puppet Theater has daily performances of Awaji Ningyo Joruri in a custom built theater with museum dedicated to this form of puppetry.
teamLab Planets Tokyo
teamLab Planets Tokyo is a body-immersive museum in the Toyosu district of Tokyo, offering visitors a physical, full five-sensory experience, including water attractions.
Okinawa War Memorial Museums
Okinawa War Memorial Museums: see a listing of museums and places of interest dedicated to the deadly 1945 Battle of Okinawa.
Geological Museum & Science Square Tsukuba
The Geological Museum and Science Square are two adjacent museums in Tsukuba. The Geological Museum has a vast collection of rocks, minerals and fossils.
Mystifying and enchanting, the author of Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away has created a museum with a diverse style of architecture that is quite unique and lavish.
Eisei Bunko Museum
Open since 1972 in the Bunkyo district, the Eisei Bunko museum presents a famous collection of more than 100,000 works, art objects, and historical documents from the former feudal Hosokawa clan.
Sony Explora Science
Located in the Aqua City shopping complex in Odaiba, the SonyExplora Science is a science museum where young and old discover and experience the fundamental principles of light, sound and image tha
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is quite a large art museum located adjacent to the Shukkeien Garden with displays of Japanese and Western art.
The museums of the major Japanese companies in Tokyo
Tokyo has the particularity of hosting several museums in its city center which belong to some of the largest companies in the country.
The Birthplace of Iwasaki Yataro
The humble birthplace of Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of the massive Mitsubishi conglomerate is in Aki in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku.
Tokugawa Art Museum
While in Nagoya, be sure to visit Tokugawa Art Museum, located in the north-east of the city. You'll discover authentic pieces, from famous katana and kimono to ancient illustrated scrolls...
Awajishima Museum is the largest museum on Awaji Island, located at the base of Sumoto Castle. It has displays devoted to the history and culture of Awaji.
Kanoya Air Base Museum
Kanoya Air Base Museum (鹿屋航空基地) in Kagoshima Prefecture has a large collection of aircraft on display including a Kawanishi H8K2 flying boat from World War II.
Tokyo Sea Life Park
Located not far from the large Disney Land park in the Japanese capital, the Tokyo Sea Life Park aquarium is one of the largest in the country.
The Hirayama Ikuo Museum
In the Seto Inland Sea, the small island of Ikuchijima was the birthplace of one of Japan's most famous contemporary painters, Ikuo Hirayama (1930-2009).
Great Kanto Earthquake Museum
The Great Kanto Earthquake Museum in Yokoamicho Park in Ryogoku, Tokyo is dedicated to the victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
The small Watari contemporary art museum will be of interest to all contemporary art enthusiasts passing through Tokyo.
Kyushu National Museum
Kyushu National Museum is one of only four national museums in Japan, along with those in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
The Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Arts is a historic institution in the capital of Kansai, located in Tennoji Park since 1936. Discover its vast collection during your visit to the city!
Kuroda Memorial Hall
Kuroda Memorial Hall is part of the Tokyo National Museum and displays the work of the Western-style artist Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924).
Gallery of Horyuji Treasures
The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures within Tokyo National Museum exhibits over 300 pieces donated to the Imperial Household by Horyuji Temple in Nara.
Toyokan Tokyo National Museum
The Toyokan (Eastern Antiquities Gallery) is part of Tokyo National Museum in Ueno and holds a superb collection of Asian art from India, China and Korea.
Tanegashima Museums: see a listing of museums on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima including the Space Center, Pistol Museum and Gessoutei.
Furuichi Family House
Read a guide to the Furuichi Family House and other attractions on Tanegashima including Hamada Beach, Kumano Beach and Japan's largest sago palm.
Korokan Ruins Museum
Korokan Ruins Museum was a guest facility in Hakata for diplomatic visitors from mainland Asia. It operated in ancient times and was recently discovered and excavated.
Tanegashima Space Center
Tanegashima Space Center is located close to Japan's largest rocket launch site and has displays on the development of the Japanese space industry.
Tokyo's Fuji Museum of Art
Not far from the center of Tokyo, the Fuji Art Museum offers a beautiful journey from Japanese calligraphy to the French impressionists, through an astonishing and immense collection.
Akaogi Castle Cultural Museum Gessoutei
Akaogi Castle Cultural Museum Gessoutei is a former samurai residence in Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture complete with a lovely garden.
Pistol Museum Tanegashima
The Pistol Museum (Tanegashima Kaihatsu Sogo Center) in Tanegashima is dedicated to the first arrival of firearms on the island and also have more general exhibits.
Museum of Maritime Science
The Museum of Maritime Science on the island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay is a free-entry facility with a small permanent collection, a ship that can be boarded, and several open air exhibits relating to
TeamLab Borderless Odaiba
Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson TeamLab Borderless is a cutting-edge immersive digital art museum on the artificial island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay, and offers visitors an ever-changing wonder
Yakusugi Museum on Yakushima is a nature museum dedicated to the cedar trees (yaku-sugi), some of them extremely old, that grow on the island.
The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
Located right in the center of Sapporo, the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art offers beautiful collections allowing you to discover Japanese art, but also European art, from the 19th century to the pre
The Tadanori Yokoo Museum of Contemporary Art
Fans of contemporary art and Pop art will be delighted: in Kobe there is a museum entirely dedicated to the work of Japanese artist Tadanori Yokoo, considered the Asian Andy Warhol.
The Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art
In the heart of Hiroshima, the prefectural museum of art offers fine collections, including works by renowned European artists.
History museums in Tokyo
During your stay in Tokyo, turn to the past for a few hours. Some museums in the capital offer key information for understanding the history of Japan.
Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture
Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture, a large modern building and garden in Kyoto, is dedicated to the Hyakunin Isshu - a very famous anthology of classical poems.
The park - Mawaki Archaeological Museum
On the Noto Peninsula, in Ishikawa Prefecture, the Mawaki Archaeological Park Museum is a vast complex offering reconstruction of remains from the Jomon period, a museum, an experimental village, a
Takayama Museums: Takayama has many notable museums including Hida Folk Village, Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan and Takayama Jinya.
The Mitsui Memorial Museum
In Nihonbashi, in the heart of the historic district of the Japanese capital, the Mitsui Memorial Museum houses more than 4,000 Japanese and Asian works and art objects; a prestigious collection bu
The Hanzomon Museum in Tokyo is a free museum with a superb collection of Buddhist art including Gandharan art and pieces by Unkei.
The Museum of the Ancient Orient
Located in the north of the capital, the Museum of the Ancient Orient presents a fine collection of ancient objects from the Near East and Central Asia.
Parliamentary Museum (Kensei Kinenkan)
The Parliamentary Museum (Kensei Kinenkan) near the National Diet Building in Tokyo is a free museum explaining the history of Japan's parliament and constitution.
Osaka Science Museum
Passionate about science and astronomy? The Osaka Science Museum invites young and old to dive into the heart of the mysteries of space for an afternoon.
Art Tower Mito
In Mito, in the prefecture of Ibaraki, the cultural complex Art Tower Mito, inaugurated in 1990, has a theater, a concert hall and a contemporary art gallery.
Kaigakan Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery
The Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, or Kaigakan, is a grandly designed old gallery in Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo, that offers a quaintly propagandist, but memorable, pictorial narrative of the mo
Hida Folk Village (Hida no Sato)
Hida Folk Village (Hida no Sato) is a collection of over 30 Edo Period buildings in an open air museum in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture.
The Meiji Mura
In Inuyama, near Nagoya , the Meiji-mura open-air museum offers you a complete immersion in a pivotal period for the Japanese archipelago, the Meiji era (1868-1912), thanks to some sixty remarkably
Japan Toy Museum Himeji
Japan Toy Museum, in Himeji, Hyogo, exhibits a massive collection of over 90,000 toys including both traditional and modern toys from Japan and overseas.
Printing Museum Tokyo
Printing Museum Tokyo is housed in the HQ of Toppan Printing in Bunkyo-ku and displays a range of printing machines and other artifacts.
Kodaira Furusato Mura Open Air Museum
The Kodaira Furusato Mura Open Air Museum is a collection of preserved, historic buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Taisho periods in Kodaira, Tokyo.
When it left the shipyards of the Yokohama Dock Company in 1929, nothing foreshadowed the extraordinary destiny of the Hikawa Maru .
Ise Katagami Museum
In Suzuka, in a setting steeped in history, the Katagami Museum of Ise highlights the traditional craft of the region: katagami, or the age-old art of cutting paper stencils that requires meticulou
10 free museums in Tokyo
Discover art and culture, or learn more about Japanese society with this selection of 10 free-to-visit museums located in Tokyo.
Himeji Castle and Princess Sen
Thanks to its imposing structure and its white color which gives it an elegance and an unforgettable identity, Himeji Castle has become one of the most renowned castle to visit in the land
The advertising museum
The Advertising Museum, nestled within the Caretta Shiodome Shopping Complex, traces the history of advertising and marketing from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the present day.
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History in Himeji has exhibits on the history and culture of Hyogo Prefecture in a modern building.
Take lessons at a calligraphy school
Have you always dreamed of learning calligraphy while traveling in Japan? A school in the town of Marugame offers courses to learn the basics of this delicate art.
Enoura Observatory, the art complex of the Odawara Art Foundation, opened in October 2017.
The Kumagai Residence in Iwami Ginzan, Shimane Prefecture is a beautifully restored traditional house once owned by a wealthy merchant family.
Alphonse Mucha Museum
Few know it, but the municipality of Sakai, located south of Osaka, is home to one of the largest collections in the world of works by the Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha.
JAL Sky Museum
JAL Factory Tour Sky Museum (JAL Sky Museum) at Haneda Airport is the most popular travel spot in Tokyo ahead of Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree.
Maruoka Castle is located in Hokuriku, in the plains north of Fukui City.
The Kyoto Costume Museum
If you're interested in the history of Japanese costumes and textiles, the Kyoto Costume Museum is a worthwhile visit. Models and dolls dressed in kimonos illustrate history over time.
Wakayama Castle, a true symbol of the city, is a historic site not to be missed if you are passing through the region.
Tezen Art Museum
The Tezen Art Museum is a small museum with a good collection of arts and crafts from the Izumo region displayed in authentic, period buildings.
Kitakyushu Manga Museum & Aru Aru City
Kitakyushu Manga Museum & Aru Aru City: Kitakyushu Manga Museum in Aru Aru City is dedicated to manga and manga artists with a connection with Kitakyushu.
Immersion in a family sake brewery in Shirakawa
Hiroo Oya is the head of a sake factory in the city of Shirakawa. He perpetuates the family know-how and hopes to pass on his love for sake to his son.
Located south of the island of Shikoku, Kochi Castle located in the city of the same name is one of the last 12 authentic Japanese castles with its wooden keep.
The Kita-ke house
The Kita-ke residence belonged to the Kita family, which was very powerful at the beginning of the 19th century.
Hida Folk Archaeological Museum
A museum and former samurai house, the Hida Folk Archaeological Museum houses both a collection of historical and prehistoric objects from the region, as well as secret passages that wouldn't be ou
Otsuka Museum of Art
With more than 1,000 life-size reproductions of masterpieces of Western art from antiquity to the 20th century, the Otsuka Art Museum is Japan's largest museum.
Tokyo Trick Art Museum
Located in Odaiba, on the 4th floor of the '' Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall '', the Tokyo Trick Art Museum is a somewhat special art museum.
Shinjuku Historical Museum
In the heart of one of the liveliest districts of the Japanese capital, the small historical museum of Shinjuku reveals the tale of this iconic district!
Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
Hakodate Orthodox Church
The island of Hokkaido, due to its geographical location, is the ideal gateway between Russia and Japan.
The Wajima-nuri Lacquerware Museum
The port city of Wajima in Ishikawa prefecture has established itself as the center of production of very high quality lacquerware; the wajima-nuri. Enter the museum dedicated to them.
Kagoshima City Museum of the Meiji Restoration
Kagoshima City Museum of the Meiji Restoration explores the history of this overthrow of the Tokugawa and the part played by the men and women of Satsuma.
Zenrin Map Museum
The Zenrin Map Museum in Kitakyushu focuses on historical maps of Japan and explains the history of the company - the largest map-making company in Japan.
ANA Airline Maintenance Center
At Tokyo's Haneda International Airport, the airline ANA opens the doors of its maintenance center to you. A unique visit closer to the biggest airliners!
Sagawa Art Museum
In Moriyama, on the shores of Lake Biwa, Sagawa Art Museum displays works by Japanese artists at the crossroads of East and West, including ceramics and bronze sculptures.
Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama
The town of Takayama in the Japanese Alps is home to many merchant houses, including that of the Kusakabe family, now transformed into a folk art museum.
Naha Traditional Arts and Crafts Center
In Naha, the main city of Okinawa, the Arts and Crafts Center offers visitors the opportunity to discover traditional works and a culture!
TOTO Museum in Kitakyushu is dedicated to the history of the toilet, and housed in a stylish and futuristic looking building.
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Kyushu Railway History Museum in Mijiko, Kitakyushu has a diverse collection of trains including a 9600 steam locomotive and an EF 10 35, an early electric train from 1942.
The Nakaya Ukichiro Snow and Ice Museum
Goryokaku fort and tower
Goryokaku, in Hakodate, is known for its fort 'à la Vauban' and its large panoramic tower from which the spectacle is grandiose in every season.
The Science Museum of Map and Survey
The Science Museum of Map and Survey in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture explains the history and work of the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI).
Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Shizuoka
The Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Yamanashi
In June 2016, Yamanashi Prefecture inaugurated its new Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Kawaguchiko celebrating the environment and the universal heritage value of the sacred mountain of the arc
The Tower of the Sun
Visit a Japanese knife factory
Takefu town in the Echizen region specializes in making knives and other steel tools. A short visit that allows you to go back in time.
The Miyako Messe exhibition hall
Not far from the Heian Shrine is the very contemporary Miyako Messe complex. It hosts, among other things, a craft museum and a design museum.
Teradaya Inn Fushimi Kyoto
Teradaya Inn: the historic Teradaya Inn in the Fushimi district of kyoto is associated with two historic incidents.
Yufuin Museums & Art Galleries
Yufuin Museums & Art Galleries: what really sets Yufuin in Oita Prefecture apart from many other hot spring onsen towns is its wide range of art galleries and museums running from the high brow
Fujii Folk Art Museum
The small town of Takayama, in Gifu prefecture, has a traditional face and is a real little Kyoto of the Alps.
Sony Archives: the Sony Archives in Shinagawa, Tokyo s dedicated to the history of Sony Corporation's products since its formation in 1946.
Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center
Japan is a country prone to earthquakes and at first glance, this is not very reassuring. However, remember that the vast majority of earthquakes go completely unnoticed!
The Hokkaido Museum
The Nihon Mingei-kan in Tokyo, a museum of folk crafts
The Samurai Museum
The figure of the samurai, a sort of knight in medieval Japan, is one of the icons of Japanese culture.
The National Museum of Western Art
A must-see museum for lovers of classic and modern art, showcasing several centuries of European art and even architecture thanks to the building's design by Le Corbusier, which made it the first U
In Nagasaki prefecture, you shouldn't miss Shimabara Castle: it's pristine white, five storeys high and has a turbulent history...
The National Museum of Nature and Science
The National Museum of Nature and Science is located in the Ueno district of Tokyo.
Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM)
Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM) 大分県立美術館 is designed by renowned Japanese architect Ban Shigeru, much of the exterior of the building is glass.
Echizen, home of washi paper
The artisans of the former province of Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, have been perpetuating traditional Japanese paper know-how for more than 1,500 years.
The Anteroom Hotel in Kyoto
Why not make the most of your stay in Kyoto by living side by side with artists of the former imperial capital? With its art gallery and designer rooms, the Anteroom Hotel gives its visitors a chan
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a food-themed amusement park with a variety of noodle stores offering regional ramen from across Japan is a retro 1950s setting.
Art Tower Mito (ATM) in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture is a multi-media arts center and performance space incorporating a concert hall, theater and art gallery.
JCII Camera Museum
The JCII Camera Museum in Tokyo is a comprehensive museum run by the Japan Camera Industry Institute that covers the history of camera-making in Japan by all Japanese camera manufacturers, and exhi
The Teshima Art Museum
The Teshima Museum will provide you with the most exceptional contemporary art experience in Japan. The very concept of the museum is unique, and difficult to describe.
Warabekan Toy & Children's Songs Museum
The Warabekan Toy & Children's Songs Museum in Tottori is devoted to traditional Japanese toys and games as well as children's songs both modern and traditional.
Japan Mint Museum Saitama Branch
The Japan Mint Museum & Coin Factory Tour in Omiya, Saitama introduces historic Japanese coins and explains how modern coins are made.
The Japanese Sword Museum
The Japanese Sword Museum in Ryogoku, east Tokyo, showcases the katana swords of world renowned quality and beauty that were the power behind the samurai warrior class of old.
Nagashibina Doll Museum
The Nagashibina Doll Museum (流しびなの館) in Mochigase, Tottori Prefecture has over 1,000 different types of doll from all over Japan on display.
The Genbi Shinkansen
The concept of GENBI Shinkansen is simple: works by contemporary artists, exhibited on a high-speed train.
Polar Science Museum Tachikawa
The Polar Science Museum (南極北極科学館) in Tachikawa, Tokyo is dedicated to informing the public about the Japanese polar research and the activities of the National Institute for Polar Research.
The KaiKai Kiki Gallery
Takashi Murakami chose the Motoazabu district near Roppongi to set up his KaiKai Kiki gallery, an emblematic place of the Tokyo art scene.
Toyota Automobile Museum
Located in Toyota City, east of Nagoya, the Toyota Automobile Museum was established in 1989, on the 50th anniversary of Toyota Motor Corporation.
Ome Railway Park
Ome Railway Park, in Ome, Tokyo, an open air railway museum featuring eight original steam locomotives, two electric train cars and the front car of a 1960's Shinkansen.
The 'Tokyo Hyaku' exhibition at Tokaido Hiroshige Museum
From November 28th 2017, the Tokaido Hiroshige Art Museum in Shizuoka City will present the "Tokyo Hyaku" exhibition, a modern photographic reinterpretation of the "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo"
Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
The Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography is a futuristic museum in the middle of the Tottori Prefecture countryside displaying the works of the local, internationally celebrated, photographer, Shoji Ue
Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda
The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum (Enpaku) on the Waseda University campus in Tokyo is dedicated to the history of drama and is named after Tsubouchi Shoyo (1859-1935), a writer, dramatist and
Jinpukaku is a grand Western-style mansion right next to the ruins of Tottori Castle, Tottori City, that is a rare example of architecture from Japan's early modernization.
Old Asakura House
The Old Asakura House (Kyu Asakura Kejutaku) is an imposing traditional Japanese house in Daikanyama, Tokyo, built in the early 20th century, with a serene garden.
Museum of Fine Arts Gifu
The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu (岐阜県美術館, 岐阜) near Nishi Gifu Station has a core collection of Japanese and Western art and also holds frequent temporary exhibitions.
Former Nagaoka House
The Former Nagaoka House (旧長岡家住宅) near the historic town of Wakimachi in Tokushima is a preserved 18th farmhouse.
Kyoto Railway Museum
Welcome to the largest railway museum in Japan!
Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature & History
The Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature & History in Miyazaki, Kyushu includes four historic farmhouses re-assembled here from all over the region in its grounds.
Momofuku Ando's Instant Noodle Museum
Named the greatest Japanese invention of the twentieth century in a Japanese poll, instant noodles are a cult product in Japan and the rest of the world.
Kobe City Museum
While Japan can at times seem to be rather inward-looking, Kobe City Museum demonstrates that this isn't always the case!
Lee Ufan Museum
Lee Ufan, a Korean artist living and teaching in Japan, is the only artist to have a dedicated museum on Naoshima.
The Tokaido Hiroshige Museum
A small town on the way between Tokyo and Kyoto, near Shizuoka. A place without anything really special about it, and yet it's here that a museum, dedicated to the artist Hiroshige, was built.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya is an excellent museum located in the original brick buildings of the Toyoda Spinning & Weaving Company.
Free Tokyo Museums
Tokyo free museums: see a listing of some of Tokyo's numerous free museums including the Advertising Museum, Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum and the Fire Museum.
Quirky Tokyo Museums
Tokyo's quirky museums: see a listing of the best of several weird and wonderful museums in Tokyo, including the strange Meguro Parasitological Museum and a Sewerage Museum.
TUS Museum of Science
The TUS Museum of Science is a free-entry museum specializing in recording and calculating technology, annexed to the Tokyo University of Science in the Kagurazaka district of Shinjuku ward, Tokyo.
Shimokitazawa Area Guide Tokyo
Shimokitazawa is a small, very atmospheric fashion district in west Tokyo, crammed with vintage clothing stores, cafes, and music and stage performance spots.
Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum
The Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum in Okayama displays a collection of samurai swords. The museum also has demonstrations of traditional Japanese sword-making.
The Insho Domoto Fine Arts Museum
The artist DOMOTO Insho (1891-1975) navigates among styles and media, ever experimenting, never ceasing to capsize conventions...
The Nikon Museum in Shinagawa Tokyo is dedicated to the history of Nikon cameras and other optical devices made by the Nikon company.
Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle)
Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle) in Sendai was built by Date Masamune in 1602.
Historical Museum of Waterworks & Sewerage
The Historical Museum of Waterworks & Sewerage in Nagoya is an interesting free museum on the history of water management in the city from Edo times until the present day.
The Children's Peace Monument
The Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima pays tribute to Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died as a result of the atomic bombing, and to all the children who perished in the tragedy.
Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum
The Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum in Takarazuka is dedicated to the life and work of manga great Tezuka Osamu.
Skull Museum Amagasaki
The Skull Museum in Amagasaki in Hyogo Prefecture is dedicated purely to the human skull. The Skull Museum is the brainchild of Dr. Keiji Kawamoto, a local brain surgeon and professor.
The works of Rodin, Corot, Picasso, Gauguin, and many others line the walls of this museum inspired by the Parthenon.
Nagaragawa Ukai Museum
The Nagaragawa Ukai Museum in Gifu is dedicated to the historic practice of cormorant fishing (ukai) in the Nagara River just below the museum.
Nawa Insect Museum
The Nawa Insect Museum in Gifu Park in Gifu is Japan's largest insect museum with a fascinating collection of over 300,000 specimens from 12,000 species.
Okinawa: a new museum of karate
Since March 2017, the new Okinawa Karate Museum, Okinawa Kaikan, has opened its doors not too far from Naha airport.
Anpanman Children's Museum in Mall
The Anpanman Children's Museum in Mall in Fukuoka is a fun place to take young children, situated in Riverain Mall along with the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM).
Fire Museum Tokyo
The Fire Museum in Yotsuya Fire Station in Shinjuku, Tokyo details the work and equipment of the Tokyo fire department from the Edo period to the present day.
Imura Art Museum
Imura Art Museum in Kyoto is a little-visited museum with a collection of European antiques, mainly French glassware and Arita porcelain from Kyushu.
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is a collection of historic buildings, mainly from the Tokyo area, brought to a new location for preservation.
Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa
The Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa in Kyoto is the former family residence of the Mitsui clan close to Shimagamo Shrine.
Kyoto University Museum (KUM)
Kyoto University Museum (KUM) is the oldest university museum in Japan and has a valuable, eclectic collection spanning humanities, natural history and engineering.
Namikawa Cloisonné Museum of Kyoto
The Namikawa Cloisonné Museum in the Okazaki district of Kyoto is the Meiji Period house, studio and garden of the cloisonné master Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927).
Hideyoshi and Kiyomasa Memorial Museum
The Hideyoshi and Kiyomasa Memorial Museum in Nakamura Park in Nagoya displays weapons, personal effects and documents of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Kato Kiyomasa.
Nara and nearby Asuka are home to a number of excellent museums many focused on Buddhist art from their many historic temples.
Japan Stationery Museum Tokyo
The Japan Stationery Museum (Nihon Bungu Shiryokan) is a small repository of things to do with writing, in the Yanagibashi district of Taito ward, Tokyo.
Manekineko Museum of Art Okayama
The Manekineko Museum of Art, Okayama, is dedicated to the maneki neko beckoning cat with around 700 of the figurines of all sizes and colors.
Okayama city, in Okayama Prefecture in south west Japan, has a number of excellent museums including Okayama Prefectural Museum, Yumeiji Art Museum, Orient Museum, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
Sumida Hokusai Museum
The Hokusai Museum in Tokyo's Sumida ward presents the life and works of one of Japan's most famous artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), in an ultra-modern gallery.
Scai the Bathhouse Gallery in Yanaka Tokyo
Scai the Bathhouse has been an art presence in Yanaka since 1993, but is unique in having been a part of the Yanaka landscape for many decades before that.
Famous for its living wall 60 meters high, ACROS Fukuoka is a jewel of modern architercture. It's a concert venue, conference hall, shopping arcade and an art gallery.
The Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts in Tennoji, Osaka has a large international collection with the majority of exhibits oriental works connected with Buddhism.
Saigo Takamori Headquarters Museum
The Saigo Takamori Headquarters Museum in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture recalls Saigo's defeat at the Battle of Wadagoe and his escape over Mt. Enodake.
The Samurai Museum in Tokyo's Shinjuku district is a fun way to experience samurai culture with sword demonstrations and cosplay.
The Sewerage Museum in Takanodai, Kodaira City, Tokyo has displays on Tokyo's sewerage system from Edo times to the present day.
Shitamachi Museum Annex Yanaka Tokyo
Shitamachi Museum Annex - a free museum, the Shitamachi Museum Annex recreates the interior of a Meiji Period liquor store,
The Seiko Museum in Tokyo traces the history of the Seiko watch and clock company showcasing many of Seiko's ground-breaking products.
Tobu Museum of Transport & Culture
The Tobu Museum of Transport & Culture is adjacent to Higashi-Mukojima Station and has a number of original trains on display.
Meiji University Museum
Meiji University Museum in Ochanomizu, Tokyo has exhibits on crime and punishment, Japanese crafts and archaeology.
Hiroshima museums: see a listing of museums and galleries in Hiroshima city and Hiroshima Prefecture including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Sawanotsuru Sake Museum
Sawanotsuru Sake Museum is an interesting museum dedicated to sake in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.
Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum
The Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum a part of the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution commemorates the events of the 1995 Kobe Earthquake.
Kobe Maritime Museum
Kobe Maritime Museum opened in 1987 and celebrates the history of Kobe as a port and center of ship-building from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
National Museum of Ethnology Osaka - Minpaku
The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Expo Park, Osaka has a massive collection of materials collected from Japan and from all regions of the world.
Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History
The Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History is housed in a former school and introduces the history of Japanese education from the Edo Period to the present day.
Koryo Museum of Art
The Koryo Museum of Art in northern Kyoto has a large collection of Korean art including ceramics, paintings, screens and furniture.
Japan Kanji Museum
The Japan Kanji Museum & Library in Gion, Kyoto has interactive and fun displays on the history and development of Chinese characters (kanji) in Japan.
Mie Prefecture Kumano Kodo Center
Mie Prefecture Kumano Kodo Center near Owase introduces the history, culture, flora, fauna and the singular weather of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes through Mie Prefecture.
Fukuoka Museums: Fukuoka city, Dazaifu & Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture in northern Kyushu have some excellent museums and art galleries.
Akita Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
The Akita Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum in Akita City occupies an elegant old red brick bank building over a century old and showcases the architecture, art and crafts of Akita prefecture.
Kagoshima city and Kagoshima prefecture in south west Kyushu have several fine museums reflecting the city's importance in the modern history of Japan.
Gifu-Kakamigahara Air & Space Museum
The Gifu-Kakamigahara Air & Space Museum in Gifu is a large aviation and space museum located in Kakamigahara displaying over 30 original Japanese aircraft.
Namahage Museum & Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum
The Namahage Museum and Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum together showcase the namahage ogre tradition of Akita Prefecture's Oga Peninsula.
Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
The Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses in Osaka in Hattori Ryokuchi Park is a collection of historic, rural buildings.
Tsukuba Expo Center
Tsukuba Expo Center is a science museum with lots of hands-on exhibits and a top-class planetarium located in Chuo Park in Tsukuba.
Yokohama Port Museum & Nippon Maru Sailing Ship
Yokohama Port Museum & Nippon Maru Sailing Ship: a sailing ship that can be boarded and walked around, with a museum beside it that introduces Yokohama Port from its beginnings to the present d
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum at Katsurahama Beach in Kochi, Shikoku is a major museum dedicated to the life of Sakamoto Ryoma.
Awa Odori Kaikan Tokushima
The Awa Odori Kaikan in Tokushima, Shikoku is dedicated to the Awa Odori dance that takes place in the city every August.
Mitsubishi Minato Mirai Industrial Museum
The Mitsubishi Minato Mirai Industrial Museum in Yokohama introduces industrial technology to young people in fun, memorable, hands-on ways, and caters to English speakers too.
Almost all of the museums on Naoshima were designed by Tadao Ando. It's only right that he be granted a museum of his own!
Mitsuo Aida Museum
The Mitsuo Aida Museum is tucked away inside the Tokyo International Forum, a multi-purpose exhibition center in Marunouchi, dedicated to the works of this master of Japanese calligraphy.
Iwasaki Museum Yokohama
Iga Ninja Museum
Those interested in famous ninja will certainly know the Iga ninja, the most famous ninja in Japan. Iga still takes great pride in them.
Toshiba Science Museum
Toshiba Science Museum, near Kawasaki Station, is a free museum that both showcases Toshiba's latest technologies and looks back at the history of the company, its founders and its products.
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art
The Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA) houses a collection of art by Genichiro Inokuma (1902-1993) in a building designed by Yoshio Taniguchi.
The Kagawa Museum in Takamatsu displays the art and history of Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku.
Shikoku Mura Takamatsu
Shikoku Mura in Yashima near Takamatsu is an open-air museum displaying over thirty traditional buildings brought from all over Shikoku and surrounding islands.
Kubota Residence Hagi
The Kubota Residence in Hagi, Yamaguchi is a well preserved Edo period house and gardens of a prosperous family of kimono makers.
Adachi Museum of Art
Voted as the most beautiful garden in Japan by a US magazine, Adachi Museum of Art has since gained enormous popularity and people come from all over Japan to admire it.
Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art in Nagoya opened in 2010 and has an outstanding collection of French art from the 18th-20th centuries including painting, furniture and decorative glass art.
Arguably the most popular charcter in Japan, Doraemon, the mischievous blue robot cat is recognized by all.
Toyama Glass Art Museum
The Toyama Glass Art Museum has several displays of glass art from Japan and the rest of the world and was designed by architect Kengo Kuma.
Sato Memorial Art Museum
The Sato Memorial Art Museum in the grounds of Toyama Castle exhibits the personal collection of Sato Sukukoro and is dedicated to the Japanese tea ceremony and its artifacts.
The Koshi-no-ie Residence in the Naramachi district of Nara is a preserved machiya townhouse typical of Edo Period living.
Kofukuji National Treasure Museum
Kofukuji National Treasure Museum exhibits the many Buddhist statues and treasures of Kofukuji Temple in Nara.
Nagoya City Science Museum
In Nagoya, the large industrial city, lies the fascinating Nagoya City Science Museum. It's a must-see for anyone with an interest in science.
Nara Crafts Museum
Nara Crafts Museum is a small museum in the Naramachi district of Nara showcasing and demonstrating ancient Nara arts and crafts.
An arena revered both by martial arts enthusiasts as well as by rock enthusiasts, is that possible? Yes, and this area can be found in Tokyo!
It's not surprising that Okinawa should be host to one of the largest aquariums in the world to showcase its tropical underwater fauna and flora .
Sapporo Beer Museum
If you have the chance to visit to the northern island of Hokkaido, do not miss the Sapporo Beer Museum!
Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum
The Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum in Tokyo is a small museum in the Asakusa area with displays of traditional, Japanese crafts.
Nara Centennial Hall
Nara Centennial Hall was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and completed in 1999 to celebrate the centennial of the modern municipality of Nara.
National Film Archive of Japan (National Film Center)
The National Film Archive of Japan (NFAJ), formerly the National Film Center in Kyobashi, Tokyo has a permanent collection on the history of Japanese film-making plus special exhibitions and movie
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Originally designed in 1933 to commemorate the coronation of Emperor Hirohito ceremony (1901-1989), this museum offers a permanent collection of two thousand one hundred pieces of art, including ma
Japan's 5 Most Beautiful Aquariums
Japan, as an archipelago, means that the sea and oceanography has always occupied an important place in the minds of the Japanese.
Tokyo Big Sight
It is a place that many have seen before. We recognize it by its original form and its events, but few really know what it is.
Ryogoku Fireworks Museum
The Ryogoku Fireworks Museum in Ryogoku, Tokyo is dedicated to the history of fireworks in Japan and its many spectacular fireworks festivals.
The Hoki Museum is a strikingly designed museum dedicated to modern Realist art, and featuring the works of Japanese painters.
Museum of Aeronautical Sciences
The Museum of Aeronautical Sciences (Kohkuu Kagaku Hakubutsukan in Japanese) is a fun, hands-on experience right next to Narita Airport.
Ghibli Museum Mitaka Tokyo
Ghibli Museum: the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo is dedicated to the works of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli, Japan's most famous animation studio.
The Genji Museum
The Genji museum will allow you to enter Japan's Heian period to meet the radiant prince Hikaru Genji.
The Sumptuous Kimonos of Nishijin
Rustling silk and flashes of colors, kimono from the Nishijin Textile Center perpetuate the ancient tradition of Kyoto kimonos.
Shizuoka Green Tea Museum of Ochanosato
Makinohara and Shimada alone produce between 45 and 55% of Japanese green tea.
Shizuoka City Museum of Art
Japan is full of dynamic museums showcasing the tourist centers. Shizuoka is no exception to the rule, with its brand new museum of art.
Nagato Museum of Shipbuilding History
Read a guide to the Nagato Museum of Shipbuilding History and the Kurahashi Historical Folk Custom Museum on Kurahashi Island, Hiroshima.
The Poet Kitahara Hakushu
In Yanagawa, the life and work of a man shines in the "Venice of Kyushu." His name? Hakushu Kitahara.
Museum of Naval History Etajima
The Museum of Naval History is located on Etajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture and is set among historic buildings on the campus of the First Service School of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense For
Guarding Fukuoka's heritage, at Hakata Machiya museum we are plunged into Hakata's Meiji era, among silk work and exhibitions.
Hiroshima City Transportation Museum
The Hiroshima City Transportation Museum aka Numaji Transportation Museum in Hiroshima is a fun trip out for parents and their children to ride the Crazy Bikes and see a huge panorama of a futurist
JMSDF Kure Museum
The JMSDF Kure Museum in Kure, Hiroshima charts the minesweeping activities of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and includes a visit to the interior of a decommissioned Japanese submarine,
Mazda Museum Hiroshima
The Mazda Museum in Hiroshima offers a free 90-minute tour of the museum and mazda production line including vintage Mazda cars.
Miraikan, the Museum of Science and Innovation
Japanese technology in all its forms: robots, space adventures and a planetarium. Welcome to the future.
This is undoubtedly the youngest castle of Japan: the city of Atami only built it three centuries after the medieval period to attract tourists!
Indigo dye, almost exclusively produced in Japan in the Tokushima region at the eastern end of the island of Shikoku, has become its symbol.
The Showa Museum of Art Nagoya
The Showa Museum of Art in Irinaka, Nagoya houses the tea ceremony related collection of Kozo Goto (1881-1977) and includes the garden of his former residence.
Bunkyo Historical Museum
The Bunkyo Historical Museum in Bunkyo-ward is a fascinating small museum dedicated to the history and culture of Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
The house of Kawai Kanjiro
"When you become so absorbed in your work that beauty naturally arises, your work becomes a true work of art"
Kawai Kanjiro in his essay, we do not work alone (1953).
Nagasaki Museums Listing
Nagasaki museums: see a listing of museums and art galleries in Nagasaki city and Nagasaki Prefecture including Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima.
Kameyama Shachu Memorial Museum
Nagasaki Prefectural Museum of Art
Read a guide to the Nagasaki Prefectural Museum of Art, designed by Kengo Kuma, dedicated to contemporary art and with the largest collection of Spanish art in Japan.
Municipal Museum of History and Folklore
How do the people of Miyajima live? The history of the island and its development seems to be a mystery to the visitors who travel the scenic landscapes of this island paradise.
Sakichi Toyoda Memorial House
Sakichi Toyoda Memorial House: located in Shizuoka Prefecture, the Sakichi Toyoda Memorial House, is a reconstruction of the birth place of the great inventor and founder of Toyota Corp.
Yokohama Museum of Art
Itself an architectural marvel, the Yokohama Museum of Art contains some internationally recognized masterpieces.
With its rich maritime history, the city of Yokohama tells visitors about the internationalization of its small fishing port at the Maritime Museum.
Shunkaen Bonsai Museum
Since 2002, this small museum in Edogawa Shunkaen lets you discover the art of cutting these shrubs in respect for tradition and harmony.
Blue light floods the faces. The atmosphere of an aquarium has a magic touch to quickly transform the imagination.
"Art is the explosion," Taro Okamoto (1911-1996), Japanese artist.
Toto Gallery Ma
The Toto Company, Japan's largest producer of toilets, has been constantly innovating since 1917.
Suntory Museum of Art
From the outside the building appears transparent.
Yuwaku Sosaku No Mori
Handicraft buffs will be pleasantly surprised at Yuwaku Sosaku No Mori in Kanazawa. And this family outing becomes a must for rainy afternoons.
Suginami Animation Museum
20 minutes from Shinjuku, this animated film museum invites you to dive (for free) into a world where the drawings come to life.
A few minutes from Omotesando, the street showcasing international brands which has become a shopping mecca, you can find the private Nezu Museum, focusing on a more intimate and sensitive relation
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Museum
North of Ginza, a small museum honors the men in blue. There is everything to help you understand why Tokyo is one of the safest capitals in the world
MOT - Contemporary Art Museum
A problem of distance. If contemporary art suffers from a reputation of being difficult to access, the museum dedicated to it in the Japanese capital suffers from the same illness.
Tokyo National Art Centre
The National Art Center Tokyo plays on gigantism and hosting exhibitions.
Takayama Yatai Kaikan
All year round, inside Hachiman-gu Sakurayama Shrine, Takayama Yatai Kaikan Exhibition Hall with high ceilings, presents four of the eleven yatai, the three-floor floats, which parade during the fa
Few museums seem as alive as Hida-no-Sato, which attracts visitors both for its traditional houses and its authentic Japanese crafts.
The Clock Tower
With its American style architecture and its wooden structure, you could almost think you are in New Orleans...
Kutani Pottery Kosen Kiln
Another craft to add to the list of Kanazawa pride: Kutani porcelain!
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
For several centuries, the region of Kanazawa has been one of the most important centers of handicrafts for Japanese art. Enter this museum and discover the wonders of human techniques.
Shunkei Lacquer Museum
Cuts in the bark of a tree exposes the raw plant flesh, from which flows clear and thick blood, which is highly toxic.
Yasue Gold-Leaf Museum
Kanazawa, literally "golden swamp," has remained at the height of its poetic etymology.
Happiness and carefree laughter in Hiroshima...take your children to learn and laugh at the Children's Museum.
Peace Memorial Museum
How to face the inhumanity? How to accept the horror and overcome the past? Like a migraine, these eternal questions remain. Why?
Museum of Contemporary Art
Breathing legacy, peace, and the celebration of the present. The golden rule of Hiroshima? Maybe. But it sure is at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Museum of Art
With mostly modern paintings, this art museum in Hiroshima displays the works of renowned artists, international and Japanese.
The glass village
Forget the dark and smelly workshops of master glassmakers! Here, the molten sand takes shape in a Disney-worthy setting.
In medieval Japan, each province was ruled by a feudal lord, or daimyo. At the end of the sixteenth century, these leaders were seized by madness and many of them built magnificent castles.
TEZUKA Osamu (1926-1989), the father of modern manga and pioneer of anime, has left some one hundred and fifty thousand comic strips, long and short films and hundreds of episodes of TV s
Lovers of beautiful pieces of art, throw yourselves into this unique museum, located close to the temple housing the moss-covered statue Fudo-Fudō.
National Museum of Fine Arts
Both in substance and in form. What better example than the National Museum.
National Museum of Ethnography
North of Osaka, in the small town of Suita, hides a park.
The Lifestyle Museum in the old Osaka reproduces full-scale an old street of the city in the 1830s ... on the top floor of a ten-story building!
Osaka Museum of History
Formerly Naniwa-kyo, Osaka the forsaken has often had a prominent role in the history of Japan. This museum tries to highlight its moments of glory.
Nara National Museum
The first permanent capital of Japan (710-784) holds within its walls the memory of a turning point for its artistic and political history.
Desire, anger, pride, boasting, aggressiveness. What tormented souls grimace behind the walls of Kofukuji National Treasure Museum?
Reihokan Treasure Museum
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
FUKUOKA ASIAN ART MUSEUM IS A RARITY - POSSIBLY THE ONLY MUSEUM TO CONCENTRATE ON ASIAN CONTEMPORARY ART.
Menard Art Museum
The Menard Art Museum in Komaki, north of Nagoya, is the private collection of Nonogawa Daisuke and his wife, Mizuko, founders of Nippon Menard Cosmetic company and exhibits both western and Japane
Intermediatheque (IMT) is one of Japan's most cutting-edge musueums, located in the Kitte Marunouchi building right beside Tokyo Station.
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