Nezu Museum

6-chōme-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tōkyō-to 107-0062, Japan

Just down the street from fashionable Omotesando is the Nezu Museum, with an exquisite Japanese garden. Architect Kengo Kuma’s touches include a warm welcome with a bamboo wall at the entrance and rooms with picturesque views of the garden. The museum’s renowned permanent collection comprises a vast selection of Japanese and Asian pieces, including lacquerware, calligraphy, sculptures, and paintings. The Nezu Café has three walls of windows to enjoy the garden over a light meal, coffee and cake, or matcha and traditional wagashi sweets.

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The Nezu Museum, Tokyo

The museum was built to house the private collection of a railroad company mogul. Works by the Buddhist artist Ogata Kōrin are on display in April and May. —Kashiwa Sato

Art and oasis at Nezu Museum

Spend a few hours exploring Japanese culture in the Nezu Museum’s gallery and garden. Exhibitions rotate on a roughly bi-monthly schedule, which highlight gems from their pre-modern Japanese and East Asian collection. The garden’s winding stone paths and bridges are a true oasis within bustling Tokyo, full of diverse plants and harmonious birds. Recharge in the Tea House for extra relaxation.

Tea Ceremony at the Nezu Museum

The photo above is the view of the gardens from inside the tea house at the Nezu Museum. On our Afar Experience, one of the highlights was experiencing a (shortened version of a) traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

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