Here are 10 popular museums that are highly recommended during your trip to Japan. These are great spots if you want to refresh your mind with beautiful paintings and sculptures during your sightseeing schedule.
【Sapporo Art Museum】 Hokkaido
Sapporo Art Museum is situated within the Sapporo Art Park. The museum itself is compact, but the beautiful park offers a great environment for a light stroll.
Address： 2-75 Geijutsu-no-mori, Minami Ward, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, 005-0864
【National Museum of Western Art】 Tokyo
This museum houses many European masterpieces from the Middle Ages and the modern period that Japan has actively been collecting over the years. The sophistication of their exhibits puts this museum in the top ranks.
Address： 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito Ward, Tokyo, 110-0007
【Nezu Museum】 Tokyo
A museum characterized by its traditional Japanese architectural design and Japanese garden. Despite being located at the heart of the city, the quiet, verdant environment is sure to make your visit a calm and soothing experience. Exhibits typically showcase their collection of Japanese and Eastern antiques.
Address： 6-5-1. Minami-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo, 107-0062
【The Ghibli Museum】 Tokyo
The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka showcases the works of legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki.
To enter the museum, you must purchase a ticket in advance that specifies a date and time. Please note that tickets tend to sell out quickly for visits during the weekend or long holidays, so please plan ahead if coming from outside of Tokyo.
Address： 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka City, Tokyo 181-0013
【Hoki Museum】 Chiba Prefecture
This is Japan’s first museum dedicated to photorealistic paintings. Some of the exhibited works are so realistic that you almost can’t believe that they’re not photographs.
Address： 3-15 Asumigaoka-higashi, Midori Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, 267-0067
【Pola Museum of Art】 Kanagawa Prefecture
This museum showcases around 9,500 works collected by the owner of the Pola Orbis Group (known for Pola Cosmetics) over many decades. Pola Museum’s art collection is one of the largest in Japan.
Address： 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, 250-0631
【Chihiro Art Museum】 Nagano Prefecture
The large number of picture books and drawings on display make this a popular destination for children as well as parents with infants. The museum was built to commemorate Japanese picture book illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki.
Address： Nishihara, Matsukawa, Kataazumi District, Nagano Prefecture, 399-8501
Open between： March 1 – November 30
【National Museum of Art, Osaka】 Osaka
A museum built in 1977 to showcase modern art pieces from Japan and overseas. As well as its permanent collection exhibit, the museum also hosts temporary exhibits and workshops.
Address： 4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, 530-0005
【Miho Museum】 Shiga Prefecture
The star feature of the Miho Museum is the beautiful tunnel that leads up to it, and the stunning architecture of the museum itself. The cafeteria also offers a splendid view. Both the exhibited works and the museum’s environs offer a magnificent feast for your eyes.
Address： 300, 300 Shigarakicho Tashiro, Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, 529-1814
【Otsuka Museum of Art】 Tokushima Prefecture
This museum boasts a huge collection of reproductions of masterpieces from around the world. Famous paintings such as Picasso’s Guernica are reproduced and displayed full-scale. Plan to be there for along time if you want to see the exhibits properly, as the museum is quite large.
Address： 65-1 Fukuike, Tosadomariura, Naruto Town, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, 772-0053