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Nezu Museum and Garden, Aoyama

The Nezu Museum and Garden is one of my favorite escape relaxation locations in Tokyo. I visited the other day with all four kids, and the iris plants were in full bloom (May). However, regardless of season or exhibit the Nezu Museum & Garden is a great 1-2 hour period of escape from the busy pace of Tokyo. Spring is beautiful with cherry blossoms and azaleas, late spring iris, and the beautiful foliage.Nezu Museum & Garden

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The Nezu Museum is a modern and beautiful building designed by the world famous Japanese architect Kuma Kengo in 2009.  The museum is situated in a large traditional-style garden with pond, bridges and winding paths with a few tea houses sprinkled throughout. There is also a Nezu Museum & Gardenlovely cafe NEZUCAFÉ, which is surrounded by glass on three sides sits on the edge of the garden. You can enjoy coffee, tea and light meals such as pasta, sandwiches, and salads for 1,500-2,500 per person.  Before you leave, spend some time shopping in the small but very well merchandised gift shop which has exhibit related items but also some great small
Japanese crafts that make great gifts.
Take a few hours to slow down and enjoy! Even if you are not a museum person, the admittance fee is worth it just to see the gardens.
The exhibits at the Nezu Museum and Garden rotate about every 4-8 weeks. Here is the exhibit list for the remainder of 2016. 

  • Garelly5:  Beauty of Calligraphy Utensils
  • Garelly6:  Tea in Karuizawa: The Tea Gathering by Nezu Kaichirō

July 23[Sat]-September 4[Sun], 2016Garelly 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Appreciating Classic Works of Art: Painting Techniques

With actual works as examples, understanding the techniques and the vocabulary used guides you to a deeper appreciation of classic works of art.

  • Garelly2:  Fishing Village at Sunset, a National Treasure
  • Garelly5:  Chinese Lacquer
  • Garelly6:  The End of the Tea Year

September 15[Thu]-October 23[Sun], 2016Garelly 1

Museum Collection Exhibition

Introduction to Chinese Ceramics

Enjoy learning about Chinese ceramics, from superb examples of Southern Song celadons to Sui, Tang, and Qing dynasty works.

  • Garelly6:  Breaking the Seal: The Tea New Year

November 3[Thu]-December 18[Sun], 2016Garelly 1/2/5

Special Exhibition

Maruyama Ōkyo

Join us in appreciating the Maruyama Ōkyo’s fusion of representation and decoration.

Nezu Museum and Garden History (from the Nezu Museum PR materials)

The Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichirō (1860-1940) had passionately built. Kaichirō, a businessman whose career included being president of the Tōbu Railway Co., Ltd., was born in Yamanashi and became interested in art early in life. Upon moving to Tokyo in 1898, he displayed his abilities as a businessman and politician and expanded his field of activities to include education as well. Becoming an enthusiastic practitioner of the “way of tea” further spurred his enthusiasm for collecting, and his daring, bold approach became almost legendary. Moreover, Kaichirō did not view his collection as a private treasure trove but wish to share its enjoyment with the general public.

After Kaichirō’s sudden death, his son and heir, Kaichirō Jr., established a foundation to preserve the collection in 1940 and, in 1941, opened the Nezu Museum in its current location, which had been the site of the Nezu family residence. A great part of it, including the galleries, garden, and tea house, were lost to fire in 1945 during World War II, but the museum resumed holding exhibitions in 1946 with works of art that had been evacuated to a safer location during the war. Kaichirō Jr. worked to improve the museum’s facilities, expanding them in 1964 and renovating and expanding the museum further in 1991, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its founding.

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Nezu Museum and Garden Details
Address: 6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3400-2536
Open Day and Times: Closed Monday (unless Monday is a national holiday, then closed on Tuesday); open 10:00-17:00
Access: 8 minute walk from Exit A5 of Omotesandō station of the Ginza, Hanzōmon and Chiyoda subway lines
Cost: General admission to a special exhibition Adult: 1,200 yen (1,000 yen).Student: 1,000 yen (800 yen). General admission to museum collectionAdult: 1000 yen (800 yen).Student[High school student or above]: 800 yen (600 yen).
Access: 8 min walk from Omotesando station (Exit A5) on the Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda lines. Parking available for 9 cars.
Website: http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/en/ (English website)
Note: garden is not wheel chair or stroller friendly.
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