Nezu Museum
Nezu Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
*From April 13 - May12, 2024, "Japanese Art and Design: The Irises Screens, National Treasure" is ON. Please visit our website for online booking. Entry to the garden requires museum entrance fee. - Thanks to a bequest from Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940), the collection of more than 7,600 Japanese and East Asian works of pre-modern art forms the basis of seven exbitions in an year, each of which focuses on a different theme: painting, calligraphy, ceramics, lacquerwre, textiles and metalworks. Online timed-entry reservation is recommended. For the exhibition schedule and reservation, please visit the museum' website.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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  • Helmut
    Kirkland, Washington5,449 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous garden and collection
    The architecture of the museum is stunning; especially the entrance with the bamboo. The collection did not disappoint either with some really interesting pieces collected over the years by Mr. Nezu. The highlight, however, was the garden. Large, playful, lush. If you love gardens like I do, then this place is a must in Tokyo. Definitely a romantic place worth exploring for all garden lovers out there. No making out in the bushes, tho... there are many cameras lurking.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,348 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to learn about Japan's history
    This small but impressive museum is located on the private estate and gardens of the Nezu family, collectors of "pre-modern" era Japanese art (and not just paintings). Interesting to walk through, reading information in English and Japanese, and admiring some excellent examples of the country's heritage. The gardens were extensive, with a variety of small buildings, statues, and ponds, but they are NOT kept up to the usual Japanese gardens standards. So, the gardens were a disappointment.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • RamblingRambler
    323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    I absolutely loved the Nezu Museum - the place itself is a work of art, with its beautiful minimalist design, and serene enclosed garden. The museum is a quick visit, and houses a collection of incredibly intricate swords and suits of armour, that showcase extraordinary Japanese craftsmanship and attention to detail. If you can, go during the week to avoid the crowds.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 October 2023
  • TransATL
    Atlanta, Georgia539 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it for what it is
    A small, jewel-box of a museum. Great for when you are tired of shopping in nearby Omotesando Hills. The gardens are lovely. The overall setting is peaceful and serene. The gift shop is epic. The art work is not the best (compared to much larger and more crowded museums), but well curated. We loved it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 April 2024
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Ivan S
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The treasures of the Japanese art kept in the museum (like "Irises screen" by Ogara Korin) can be seen by the visitors only few month in a year. This means that tourists coming from other countries usually do not have a chance to see them. Very sad! And very unfriendly policy!
Written 19 December 2023
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Just the garden deserves the 5* rating, as they are gorgeous and a haven of greenery in the middle of Tokyo. I did find however the museum a bit too small, that is not always a problem, but I wasn't impressed by either the permanent or temporary exhibitions. Well worth a visit nevertheless, but there are better museum experiences around. Much worth the visit if in the area, also there is an awesome traditional tempura restaurant very closeby!
Written 4 April 2023
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Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This small but impressive museum is located on the private estate and gardens of the Nezu family, collectors of "pre-modern" era Japanese art (and not just paintings). Interesting to walk through, reading information in English and Japanese, and admiring some excellent examples of the country's heritage.

The gardens were extensive, with a variety of small buildings, statues, and ponds, but they are NOT kept up to the usual Japanese gardens standards. So, the gardens were a disappointment.
Written 16 September 2023
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TransATL
Atlanta, GA539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A small, jewel-box of a museum. Great for when you are tired of shopping in nearby Omotesando Hills. The gardens are lovely. The overall setting is peaceful and serene. The gift shop is epic. The art work is not the best (compared to much larger and more crowded museums), but well curated.

We loved it.
Written 19 April 2024
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Cruiser812387
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
With such high rating we were hoping for something more captivating. A handful of galleries dedicated to few artifacts and scroll after scroll of ancient texts. Perhaps of interest to specialist Japanese scholars but hardly a stimulating experience for the average foreign tourist. Without the gardens the entry fee of 2000 yen (rather than 1100 yen on the website), could be considered by some a little pricy.
Written 16 November 2023
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Helmut
Kirkland, WA5,449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The architecture of the museum is stunning; especially the entrance with the bamboo. The collection did not disappoint either with some really interesting pieces collected over the years by Mr. Nezu. The highlight, however, was the garden. Large, playful, lush. If you love gardens like I do, then this place is a must in Tokyo. Definitely a romantic place worth exploring for all garden lovers out there. No making out in the bushes, tho... there are many cameras lurking.
Written 23 July 2023
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Mikerike
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We did not spend a lot of time looking at the art collection, but the five stars are for the garden. It is spectacular. And we were there in the winter. Highly recommend this as a place to get some calm and peace amidst the bustle of Tokyo. One of my favorite gardens anywhere.
Written 22 January 2023
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Karen T. Kim
49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
the garden outside is definitely the highlight here for me. but of course the museum is enjoyable and informative. nice location, central to Omotesando where you can have a bite at cicada too. the gift shop always has something fun too! great gift spot ;)
Written 9 February 2020
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bigplayray
FL12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
As other reviews have mentioned this museum has a beautiful garden and not a lot of exhibits. After only a half hour, my wife and I couldn't believe we had seen everything the Nezu had on display. We spent another 45 minutes walking through the beautiful gardens, but considering the number of public parks & gardens in & around Tokyo, the 1000 yen entrance fee was too expensive. In Jun 2012 the museum was showing 14-15th century tea ceremony pottery, a few bronze vases & statues, some tacky 19th century English clocks and a little art work. If the price were no more than 500 yen, I'd give it 4 stars, but for 1000 yen, I can't recommend it.
Written 21 June 2012
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HawaiiKaiGail
Las Vegas, NV945 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Located in lovely Minato, this museum and it's café are a MUST visit.

We visited in mid October 2017 and it was a cool, misty rain day. The museum itself is on the small side and takes about an hour or so to visit at a leisurely pace.

Then, the BEST is next! Exit thru the back door...they have umbrellas for one's use if there is rain. ENJOY THE GARDENS ...THEY ARE LOVELY. So serene, something around every corner and next bend to see. Statues here and there, special stepping stones, a small bridge to cross, tea houses, etc. Plenty of foliage and I would imagine it would be spectacular in spring(azalea & dogwood) and in mid autumn( leaves). We walked and enjoyed for over an hour. Then, we went to the café for lunch...and what a grand lunch it was. The café is mostly all glass...so the views are wonderful, even on a rainy day. ENJOY NATURE! We each had the pasta. Ample portion and so much taste! Delicious, really. On the one side of the café, they have a small gas fireplace for those cold days...it would be charming. No alcohol served. Very reasonably priced too.

All in all, it was a ***** 5 ***** Star attraction and lunch. We really enjoyed the day. All good.

Please give me a Heads Up vote if my review has been helpful to you or yours. Aloha.
Written 10 November 2017
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