The Grutt Pass   ぐるっとパス

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The Tokyo National Museum consists of five buildings with Hean blend of Eastern and Western architecture.

The Tokyo National Museum consists of five buildings with Honkan, blend of Eastern and Western architecture.

The present Miraikan Tsunagari, a huge globe suspended in the air on several levels.

Miraikan Tsunagari, a huge globe suspended in the air on several levels.

Panda, symbol of Ueno zoo.

Panda, symbol of Ueno zoo.

The tourMori, located in the heart of Roppongi, home to the Mori Art Museum

Mori Tower, located in the heart of Roppongi, home to the Mori Art Museum

Cultural Treasure Trove

Want to visit as many Tokyo museums as you can, but on a budget? The Grutt Pass (or Gurutto pass in Japanese) is the solution to discovering the abundant cultural offerings of the Japanese capital without eating into your yen.

Whether you want to dive into ancient Japan through prints or Buddhist icons, or you prefer to be introduced to contemporary art, Tokyo has something for everyone, and the Grutt Pass will be your ally. Art, photography, zoo, cinema, archeology... The delights on offer throughout Tokyo are a dream come true for culture vultures out there. So, are you tempted by a cultural marathon?

The concept: a book of tickets for free or at reduced prices in the 79 partner institutions. To purchase it, go to the Tokyo Tourist Office on the first floor of City Hall in Shinjuku. Or more simply, just ask during your first visit to one of the partner organizations. The booklet is valid for two months after the first use. The price is only 2,000 yen, a cost easily recouped after only four visits.

Suggested musuems to visit

Located in Ueno Park, Tokyo National Museum has the Japanese art collection, one the best in the world. History of printmaking, swords and armor of the samurai, visitors can delve and experience ancient Japan.

Not far from the national museum, people of all ages are scrambling to see the many species housed together. With their mascot panda, Ueno Zoo is the largest in the country.

  • The Miraikan

On the artificial island of Odaiba hides museum a must for all lovers of science, robotics and technology. Make sure you time your arrival based on the demonstration times of the robot Asimo and admire his sporting prowess!

Lovers of contemporary art should visit the Mori Art Museum. Greeted by the giant spider of the artist Louise Bourgeois, visitors will discover a host of contemporary artists across Asia throughout the many exhibitions.

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