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10 best Museums recommend for Japan travel

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10 Art Museums Recommended by Contemporary Artist.

#1. Matsumoto City Museum of Art



Opened in 2002. An art museum with four pillars: appreciation, expression, learning, and interaction. Held exhibitions and exhibitions of artists.

Kusama World has spread as the hometown of Yayoi Kusama, and is attracted by tourists from Japan and abroad, Matsumoto has a Old Japanese landscapes such as Matsumoto Castle, towns, Azumino field and the Japanese Alps.

Opening hours

9: 00-17: 00 (Admission until 16:30)

Regular holiday 

Monday (the first first weekday if a holiday), New Year holidays (December 29-January 2)

Admission fee

Collection exhibition Adult 410 yen (group: 310 yen) University high school student 200 yen (group: 100 yen)

Group rates start from 20 people


4-2-22 Chuo, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture 390-0811


TEL: 0263-39-7400


#2. Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art



Opened in 1982 , Build by the voice of citizen “A full-fledged art museum in Urawa”. Architect by Kisho Kurokawa. The exhibition of contemporary Japanese artists from overseas masters such as Monet, Chagall and Picasso. Interesting chairs where you can sit freely are also popular, and people  also called chair museums.

Opening hours

10: 00-17: 30 (Entrance to the exhibition room until 17:00)

Regular holiday

Mondays (open on national holidays or prefectural days)

Admission fee

collection: General 200 (120) yen, high school student 100 (60) yen

Exhibitions: Determined for each exhibition.

* Parentheses are for groups of 20 or more.


〒330-0061 9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama



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#3. Art Tower Mito



A general facility consisting of a museum, concert hall, and theater opened in 1990.

It has features such as a high ceiling, a bright room with external light, and white walls. It also features the freedom of use, such as being able to draw pictures and nails directly on the wall.

Since its opening, the museum has been focusing on independent exhibitions of contemporary art, holding solo exhibitions of world-famous artists such as Jenny Holzer, James Turrell, Ilia Kabakov, solo exhibitions of artists representing Japan, and group exhibitions on themes corresponding to the times. 

Opening hours

9: 30-18: 00 (Admission until 17:30)

Regular holiday

Basically none (we may stop operating in bad weather)

Admission fee

General: 900 yen

Advance sale / group (more than 20 people): 700 yen

High school students and younger, over 70 years old, one with a disability certificate and one accompanying person: free


1-6-8 Gokencho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki 310-0063 Japan




#4. Toyota Municipal Museum of Art



Opened in 1995.

Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, who is also famous for designing GINZA SIX. The exterior is milky white modernist architecture, and it is also popular as an Instagram spot.

Opening hours 10: 00-17: 30 (* Closed temporarily until 2019.05.31)

Holiday Monday

Fee 300 yen

Address 8-5-1 Kosakahonmachi, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, 471-0034

Official website

#5. Kanazawa 21st Century Museum



This museum was opened in 2004.

Located opposite the special scenic spot “Kenrokuen”, there are many art-related facilities with different themes around it, forming a cultural zone. In 2020, the National Craft Center will move from Takebashi, Tokyo. Built by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)

The concept of the museum is “a park-like museum opened in the town”.

Kanazawa 21st Century Museum

( 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa )

Opening hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday) 10: 00-18: 00, (Friday, Saturday) 10: 00-20: 00, (Interchange Zone) 9: 00-22: 00

Holiday Monday, New Year holidays

Admission is free, 360 yen (collection exhibition), special exhibition depends on the exhibition

Address 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-8509

Official HP

#6. Nezu Museum



A private art museum opened in 1941 to display Japanese and Oriental antiques collected by businessman, Kaichiro Nezu.

Collection of about 7,400 antique Japanese and oriental works

Kengo Kuma designed the house. A walk in the Japanese garden is also recommended for couples. You can enjoy the seasonal scenery.

Nezu Museum

Opening hours 10: 00-17: 00

Holiday Monday, New Year holidays

Fee 1,100 yen (planned exhibition), 1,300 yen (special exhibition)

Address 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

Official website

#7. The National Art Center, Tokyo



The National Art Center, Tokyo was opened in 2007 as the fifth national art museum in Japan.

The streamlined model with glass is beautiful. Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Opening hours (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun) 10: 00-18: 00, (Fri, Sat) 10: 00-20: 00 (21:00 from July to September)

Holiday Tuesday, New Year holidays (2018/12/25-2019/1/8)

No permanent exhibition

Address 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558

Official HP

#8. Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art



The first national museum in Japan. One of Japan’s largest collections with over 13,000 items, including important cultural properties.

Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art

Opening hours (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun) 10: 00-17: 00, (Fri, Sat) 10: 00-20: 00

Holiday Monday, replacement period, year-end and new year holiday

Fee 500 yen

Address 3-1 Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322

Official HP

#9. The National Museum of Western Art



The Matsukata Collection donated and returned by the French government was registered as a Le Corbusier World Heritage Site in July 2016.

The National Museum of Western Art

Opening hours (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun) 9: 30-17: 30, (Fri, Sat) 9: 30-20: 00

Holiday Monday, 12/28-1/1

Fee 500 yen

Address -7110-0007 7-7 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Official HP

#10. National Museum of Art, Osaka


The establishment opened in 1977 as an art museum for transmitting contemporary art. The current museum was newly built in 2004. A completely underground museum. Designed by an American architect from Argentina, Caesar Pelli.

In addition to storing 500 items, it holds unique projects and exhibitions of artists.

Opening hours

10: 00-17: 00 (Admission until 16:30)

Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00 (Entrance until 19:30)

* Friday and Saturday from July 21 (Sat) to October 14 (Sun) until 21:00 (entrance until 20:30)

* Opening hours are subject to change

Regular holiday

Mondays (open on Mondays and closed on the following Tuesday)

New Year holidays

December 28, 2018 (Fri)-January 4, 2019 (Fri)

* In addition, the museum may be closed temporarily.

Admission fee

General 430 (220) yen, University student 130 (70) yen

* (): Group rates for 20 or more people

* Free for high school students and under, under 18 years old, 65 years old and over, those with physical and mental disabilities and one accompanying person (provide proof)

* Admission fees for non-collection exhibitions vary depending on the exhibition.

※ We carry out night discount.

Target time: 17: 00-20: 00 on Friday and Saturday

Discount: General 430 yen → 250 yen University student 130 yen → 70 yen


4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0005, Japan




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