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Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Museum was founded on March 28,1993, as the place, where visitors come to learn more about Tokyo’s history and culture , and which also serves as a projection onto the city and the living of the future. In the Permanent Exhibition area, there can be found original and replicated exhibits, as well as large-scale models, faithful representations of their originals, which have been reproduced after painstaking investigations and research.


Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

Housed in a 1930s Bauhaus-style Art Deco building, the Museum is entirely devoted to contemporary international and Japanese art, staging three or four exhibitions annually.


Kawamura Memorial

In 1990 Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art opened in a densely green forest. The museum reopened in March 2008 after completing a 2-year renovation and construction process that was initiated at the end of 2006. The museum will present carefully selected artworks throughout the entire building from the permanent collection in exhibition spaces that are now 1.5 times larger in floor area. The roughly 120 artworks exhibited in the transformed galleries include the museum’s featured and popular portrait of Rembrandt, artworks of Impressionism, Modern Japanese paintings, Surrealist paintings and post-war, large-format paintings from the United States by artists such as Frank Stella.


Kitakyushu Museum

Museum of Natural History and Human History


Kyushu National Museum

It's the newest National Museum following Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.
Based on the concept "Understand Japanese culture from the point of Asian view", other thab presenting exhibitions, the museum also preserves and investigates cultural assets, then prepares a variety of educational events to keep the museum fresh.


Miho Museum

The Miho Museum was the dream of Mihoko Koyama (after whom it is named), the heiress to the Toyobo textile business, and one of the richest women in Japan. The Miho Museum houses Mihoko Koyama’s private collection of Asian and Western antiques; there are over two thousand pieces in total, of which approximately 250 are displayed at any one time.


Mori Art Museum

The Mori Art Museum was established in 2003 as a cultural complex on the upper floors of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower staging exhibitions focused on contemporary art. It was designed by Richard Gluckman.


MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Opened in 1995, the MOT is devoted to temporary exhibits of Japanese and international postwar art. Its permanent collection presents a chronological study of 50 years of contemporary art, beginning with Japanese postwar avant-garde, with about 100 works displayed on a rotating basis.


Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, as the sister museum of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), breaks new ground in Japan by presenting art in innovative and refreshing ways. The manifold works on exhibition are selected from one of the world’s finest collections. They are displayed thematically to enhance the visitor’s aesthetic experience and to stimulate contemplation of relationships between the works. The partnership between the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston enables people in Japan not only to enjoy great masterpieces, but also to appreciate art from cultures and periods that until now has had little exposure in Japan.


Suntory Museum of Art Tokyo

Art’s place in everyday life is especially treasured in Japan. The Suntory Museum of Art wishes to bring the joy of "Art in Life" to a wider public, rededicating ourselves to a principle that has guided the Museum since its founding in 1961. "Art revisited, beauty revealed" is the mission of the Suntory Museum of Art, expressing the desire to link ancient art to modern art, eastern art to western art, across the boundaries of time and place and culture.
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Suntory Museum Osaka

Suntory Museum was founded on November 3, 1994, as part of Suntory’s 90th anniversary commemorative project, in Tempozan Harbor Village, Osaka, where Suntory began. Its unique architectural concept with a drum in the shape of an inverted cone embracing a sphere and two rectangular parallelepipeds stretching outward to the sea was designed by Osaka’s own internationally-renowned architect Tadao Ando.
The Gallery, which aims to showcase arts and designs in "easy-to-understand and enjoyable" exhibitions, owns a well-balanced collection of over 15,000 poster masterpieces by artists, such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, and Cassandre. 


The National Art Center Tokyo

The National Art Center is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility: Instead of maintaining a permanent collection, it makes the most of a total of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. The Center also promotes outreach activities through its educational programs, and the Art Library serves to collect and disseminate information related to art.


The National Museum of Art Osaka

The National Museum of Art, Osaka was opened in 1977 with the primary aim of collecting, storing and displaying both Japanese and foreign contemporary art as well as conducting related research activities. By making use of the Expo Museum of Fine Arts, which had been built for Expo ’70, the museum facility continued to encourage development in Japanese contemporary art.


The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto

The Collection Gallery exhibits selected works of nihonga (Japanese-style painting), yōga (Western-style painting), prints, sculpture, crafts (ceramics, textiles, metalworks, wood and bamboo works, lacquers and jewelry) and photography from the museum collection, rotating the works on display approximately twenty times a year. Also shown are outstanding and monumental works of modern art in Japan, as well as modern and contemporary European and American art.


The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo

Permanent displays of the Museum Collection and special exhibitions take place in the Main Building. The permanent exhibition entitled "Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection" consists of paintings, sculptures, prints, watercolors, drawings, photographs, and other works dating roughly from the beginning of the 20th century to the present and provides an overview of the history of modern art.
As the renewed Main Building now has more space, photographs and design, which were formerly on show in the 7th floor gallery of the National Film Center, will now be exhibited in the Main Building.


The National Museum of Western Art

The National Museum of Western Art was established in April 1959 and was based on the Matsukata Collection focusing on the Impressionist paintings and Auguste Rodin’s sculptures previously stored by the French government. The museum’s purpose is to provide the public with opportunities to appreciate western art. The museum exhibits works from the Matsukata Collection as well as works created from the Renaissance to the early 20th century that have been acquired since the museum’s opening. These permanent collection works are displayed in the Main Building and New Wing throughout the year.


Tokyo Art Museum

The Tokyo Art Museum embodies the present state of the artistic and cultural world.


Tokyo Bunkamura

Bunkamura is the first and largest multi-media, cross-cultural complex of its kind in Japan. This is the place to visit for world class music, drama, cinema and art. The Bunkamura Museum of Art has produced significant exhibitions of Modern art ,including personal exhibitions of unique important artists while introducing masterpieces of major foreign museums. Through theme-oriented approaches,views toward the future, and captivating themes, The Bunkamura Museum of Art has won recognition both in Japan and abroad.


Tokyo National Museum

Established 1872, the Tokyo National Museum or TNM, is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The museum collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects of Asia, focusing on Japan. The museum holds over 110,000 objects, which includes 87 Japanese National Treasure holdings and 610 Important Cultural Property holdings (as of July, 2005). The museum’s collections focus on ancient Japanese art and Asian art along the Silk Road. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art.


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