A deeper look into Japan’s history and traditional culture
Located in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, Nezu Museum has a vast collection of national treasures and important cultural assets, taking you deeper into the history and culture of Japan.
The Nezu Museum was established in 1941 as a private museum housing the personal collection of Kaichiro Nezu Sr., who was the president of Tobu Railway, as well as an enthusiastic practitioner of the art of traditional Japanese tea.
The Nezu Museum is one of the very few museums in Japan that has such a long history.
On site, there is a large traditional Japanese garden as well as several teahouses. The vast collection ranges from traditional tea utensils to paintings, lacquerware, ceramics, as well as hand-copied sutras. The museum houses more than 7400 antiquities from Japan as well as the Orient.
Experience the “wabi-sabi” in the beautiful Japanese garden
It goes without mention that the vast art collection is outstanding, but the beautiful Japanese garden should not go unnoticed. There are four teahouses scattered across the spacious garden, as well as bamboo forests and nature that embodies the Japanese worldview of “wabi-sabi”.
Every season, the garden beautifully transforms itself—irises bloom every April and the tinted leaves bring beautiful splashes of yellow and red in autumn.
Stop by the cafe for the “green tea set”
If you would like to take a rest in between walking around in the art gallery or the garden, make a pit stop at the newly built cafe in the garden. The cafe is glass-walled and you are free to enjoy a light meal and a coffee while looking over the beautiful garden.
We recommend the “green tea set”, which comes with green tea and Japanese traditional sweets. If you have never tasted traditional Japanese green tea before, this is a great place for you to give it a try!
At the museum shop, you can purchase key holders made from ceramics. Their original incense is also great for souvenirs.