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Art & History Museums in the Tokyo area, Kids Art and history museums in japan

Yeh for Art & History Museums. Visit our list of the top Art & History Museums in Tokyo. We share the Top Seasonal Family Friendly Museum Exhibits and our favorite history museums. We always recommend to new arrivals, as well as visitors to go to a few of our history museum recommendations before they travel around Tokyo, Kyoto and future. It is good to have a base of understanding before you travel. Here are our favorite Art & History Museums in the Tokyo area.

Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

Here are our recommended Top 10 Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits. Lots of options from popular characters to Japanese art to keep your kids engaged and amused. These 10 exhibits have varying end dates from June – October 2019. Don’t miss out!  If you are just looking for …

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Edo-Tokyo Museum (Ryogoku, Tokyo) – One Stop Tokyo History

The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館 Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) in Ryogoku is one of our family’s top picks when visitors come to town. Opened in 1993 the permanent exhibitions include; the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo, the Nakamuraza theatre, and scale models of towns and …

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Top Recommended Tokyo Kids Museums

Tokyo Water Science Museum

As moms of six kids aged 3-18 years, we know our Tokyo kids` museums. From history and architecture to science and technology there is a museum listed here for everyone’s interest. Tested by our families to make sure yours will enjoy the day at the museum. Have fun! The below …

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Kyu Asakura House (Daikanyama, Tokyo)

The Kyu Asakura House (旧朝倉家住宅, the literal translation is Old Asakura House) is a gem hidden in central Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku. I stumbled upon it the other day on my way from Ebisu to Nakameguro, and some magical force pulled me inside to discover this Important Cultural Property. Kyu Asakura House, …

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Drum Museum Taikokan, (Taito-ku, Tokyo)

Drum Museum

This one room Drum Museum (Taikokan) in Taito-ku, Tokyo is a drum lovers dream. There are 900 items on rotation and display from all over the world, including Japan. Most of the drums can be played, so come have some fun!. The museum was founded in 1988 by Miyamoto Unosuke …

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Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum (Koganei, Tokyo)

I highly recommend you visit the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum to see actual homes and businesses from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s preserved in a beautiful park. Unfortunately due to natural disasters, war and redevelopment much of Tokyo historical architecture has been erased, but at the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural …

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Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Meguro, Tokyo)

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum is a must see in Tokyo. Not only due to the crafts it houses but the buildings themselves.   The Japan Folk Crafts Museum is of Mingei style completed in 1936 built by carpenters from Tochigi prefecture. Ceramics, dyed and woven textiles, wood and lacquer, stone …

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The Fukagawa-Edo Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo)

Fukugawa Edo Museum, Tokyo history musuems

The Fukagawa-Edo Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo) is a very hands-on gem of a museum in Tokyo to visit for 1-2 hours. The Fukagawa-Edo Museum is a large hall with about 12 Edo-period houses reconstructed in a village environment. The hall is very compact, and the lighting switches from night to day so you feel …

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Japanese Overseas Migration Museum (Yokohama)

If you love history and are planning a trip to Yokohama please visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. This museum is a hidden gem. I learned so much about a topic I knew nothing, and there is no cost of admission. Over 25 million Japanese have migrated overseas since the …

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The Shitamachi Museum (Ueno, Tokyo)

The Shitamachi Museum in Ueno was established in 1980 to teach future generations about the culture of the shitamachi. The word shitamachi is composed of the word shita meaning “down” and machi meaning “town”. By touring the Shitamachi Museum, you will gain an understanding of life in the shitamchi pre-WWII. …

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21-21 Design Sight (Roppongi, Tokyo)

21-21 Design Sight is a very innovative museum. There is no permanent exhibit but rather original exhibits that rotate every five to six months. I attended the present exhibit “Measuring: This much. That much. How much?” with my son who does not like math so much. He and I had …

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Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art (Harajuku, Tokyo)

The Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art in Harajuku, Tokyo offers an intimate and easy to understand presentation of  Ukiyo-e prints.  This museum does not have a permanent exhibit on display, but rather rotates exhibits monthly from . This March 2015 exhibit is titled “Kawaii ~Cute Girls in Ukiyo-e” which caught …

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Teien Museum (Shirogane, Tokyo) – Japanese Art Deco Beauty

Teien Museum, Art Deco Tokyo, Shirogane

The Teien Museum is a perfectly preserved residence, now museum,  from the 1930’s. The museum has been closed for the past seven months due to retrofit for handicap users. The new exhibit is “Decoration never dies, anyway” which runs until February 25th, 2018. The Teien Museum, built in 1933, was …

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