Museums - You may wish to take an entire
day or at least a few hours to visit some of these
fine museums in Tokyo. One of the areas finest museums
is the Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan (Edo-Tokyo Museum).
This gives visitors a glimpse into the history of
Tokyo and its culture. The shoguns and post-war reconstruction
and the Nihombashi ‘Bridge of Japan’ are
all displays in this fantastic look into the city’s
past. All of this information will make you really
appreciate the Japanese culture and customs. It is
a history lesson in itself.
For the art lover in you please visit the following
museums. The Tokyo National Museum
houses fantastic pieces of Japanese art all through
the ages. You will also want to see the National Museum
of Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum,
which both have very nice exhibits. A day spent in
these wonderful environments will fill your cultural
For another very interesting museum try the ship-shaped
Museum of Maritime Science. It is
filled with hands on exhibits and display and shows
visitors all about the life on the sea. You will also
want to visit the zoo for an afternoon. The Tokyo
Zoo is open: Tues–Sun 0930–1630 for a
fun filled day with the animals.
You will love spending time in the Museums
in Tokyo. There is so much to learn and to
appreciate inside these buildings and you will be
extremely glad that you took the time to do so. We
encourage you to take in as many as you can while
you are visiting. There are so many museums in the
Tokyo area and you will probably need a couple of
visits to get them all in, but try to see a much as
you can while you are there.
Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan (Edo-Tokyo Museum)
1–4–1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku
(03) 3272 8600.
Opening hours: Tues, Wed, Sat and Sun 0930–1730, Thurs and Fri 0930–2000.
Ueno Koen (Ueno Park)
(03) 3828 5644.
Opening hours: Daily 0500–2300.
National Museum of Western Art
(03) 3828 5131.
Opening hours: Tues–Thurs, Sat and Sun 0930–1700,
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
(03) 3823 6921.
Opening hours: Tues–Sun 0900–1700.
Tokyo National Museum
(03) 3822 1111.
Opening hours: Tues–Sun 0930–1700.
(03) 3828 5171.
Website: www.tokyo-zoo.net (Japanese only)
Opening hours: Tues–Sun 0930–1630.
Museum of Maritime Science
3–1 Higashi-yashio, Shinagawa-ku
(03) 5500 1111.
Website: www.funenokagakukan.or.jp (Japanese only)
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 1000–1700, Sat and Sun 1000–1800.