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Nezu Museum and Garden (Aoyama, Tokyo)

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.

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 (google map)
Hours: Closed Monday (unless Monday is a national holiday, then closed on Tuesday); open 10:00-17:00
Admission: General admission to a special exhibition Adult: 1,600 yen, Student: 1,300 yen.
Access: 8 min walk from Omotesando station (Exit A5) on the Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda lines. Parking available for 9 cars.
Website: (English website)
Note: the garden is not wheel chair or stroller friendly.

Nezu Museum and Garden, Aoyama


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