In Japan, fall is called “art fall”. This is due to Japan’s moderate climate in fall as compared to the blistering hot summer. Countless art festivals and painting exhibitions are concentrated in autumn – the perfect season to visit a museum.
There are four museums with completely different line-ups around “Kitanomaru Garden” with its splendid autumn leaves.
When visiting Tokyo from late November to early December, make sure to not miss this area!
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Official website in English: http://www.momat.go.jp/english/am/
The National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT) was the first national art museum in Japan. The museum owns a collection of contemporary artworks from the Meiji Era (1868 – 1912) all the way to the present. Japan was a closed country until the beginning of the Meiji era, but after Japan opened to the West, many young Japanese artists went abroad to study art in Europe. The Japanese painting style mixed with the influences of foreign art is very unique and interesting!
Official website in English: http://www.jsf.or.jp/en/
The Science Museum is one big playground. The building has 5 fully packed floors where you can dive into science and learn something new. The exhibition is designed for all ages – there is something for everyone, from children to adults. It’s a great place to deepen your understanding of science while playing or watching some live experiments in the lab.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo – Crafts Gallery
Official website in English: http://www.momat.go.jp/english/cg/
The Crafts Gallery owns a huge collection consisting of numerous Japanese ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, dyed fabrics and graphic design lined up from the Meiji Era (1868-1912) to the present age. Pieces from the collection are shown in unique theme exhibitions. Also, the Crafts Gallery is designated as an important cultural asset.
National Archives of Japan
Official website in English: http://www.archives.go.jp/english/
Opened in 1971, the National Archives of Japan is the place where Japanese historical materials and important official documents are preserved. Since you can also visit the facility, please stop by and visit the permanent exhibitions and special exhibitions. It’s a recommended facility not only for those who want to know more about Japanese history but also for researchers!