Intermediatheque

Intermediatheque is one of Tokyo’s best curated yet least talked about museums. Whether you are interested in seeing a selection of ‘abnormal antlers’, a double-headed tortoise, or an impressive display of taxidermied birds, the museum quickly reveals itself to be one giant curiosity cabinet.  Whilst the collection itself is reflective of Japan’s scientific cultural andContinue reading “Intermediatheque”

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館) is the first stop for anyone with a keen interest in Japanese history, art, design or fashion. It is the oldest national museum in Japan and has by far the deepest, richest variety of exhibitions. With over 110,000 objects and 87 national treasures, you will need at least a fewContinue reading “Tokyo National Museum”

Sony Building

Want to try out the latest technology, from VR headsets to the latest games? The Sony Building in Ginza is a nice retreat from the noise of downtown Tokyo, and also offers tax-free shopping for a range of Sony goods. Note that the Sony Building will be closed until 2022. Information Cost: FREE Open: 11Continue reading “Sony Building”

NTT InterCommunication Center

NTT InterCommunication Center (NTTインターコミュニケーション・センター) is a free media, art and communications gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. NTT is Japan’s main telephone provider, and this museum was started to commemorate the 100th anniversary of telephones in Japan. The museum has an excellent and selection of innovative, fun and thought-provoking art and multimedia pieces, and shows off someContinue reading “NTT InterCommunication Center”

Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo

Tokyo has a rich art community with a huge selection of large and small galleries. From huge complexes to galleries hosted in an apartment, there is something for all interests. Some charge a fee for entrance, but there are enough free ones to satisfy an art fan! SCAI The Bathhouse Located in an old bathhouse, SCAI TheContinue reading “Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo”

Museum of Yebisu Beer

Are you into beer? Want to try out some famous Japanese beer? The Museum of Yebisu Beer (ヱビスビール記念館) is the place for you! The museum features a good number of displays on the history of Yebisu Beer, as well as Japanese beer in general. The Tasting Salon is the highlight here, and the shops featuresContinue reading “Museum of Yebisu Beer”

Advertising Museum Tokyo

The Advertising Museum Tokyo (広告とマーケティングの資料館「アド・ミュージアム東京」) is a surprisingly interesting (and free!) museum, showcasing Japanese advertising over the centuries. From Kimono ladies selling beer to retro packaging, the museum is a fascinating change from the usual museums in Tokyo. Information Cost: Free Open: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 to 18:30, Saturdays and holidays 11:00 to 16:30  Closed:Continue reading “Advertising Museum Tokyo”

Meguro Parasitological Museum

The Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) is a truly ‘only in Japan’ experience! This free museum is dedicated to bugs, parasites and other creepy crawlies. It claims to be the only such museum in the world, and the experience is definitely not a standard tourist one. Be prepared to be both shocked and amazed! Especially at theContinue reading “Meguro Parasitological Museum”

Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing an odd bit of shopping, eating or relaxing in the park.  It’s the most interesting suburban town outside central Tokyo, and has many things to keep all types of people occupied. Budget travel tips Make sure you have a printContinue reading “Kichijoji”

Imperial Palace East Garden

The East Garden, right in the center of Tokyo, is a free park within the Imperial Palace complex.  Highlights include Ninomaru Garden, a traditional Japanese garden, and the remains of the former castle tower. Budget travel tips A walk around the whole Imperial Palace is highly recommended, allowing you to see the different buildings, defensive walls,Continue reading “Imperial Palace East Garden”

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum is a massive museum about the history of Tokyo.  Features replicas and originals from the Edo era (between 1603 and 1868) up to now, a detailed timeline of the city and art from different periods.  Excellent English descriptions available. Budget travel tips Sumo Arena is right next to Edo-Tokyo Museum, so it’s worth havingContinue reading “Edo-Tokyo Museum”

Yokohama

Yokohama (よこはま/横浜) is the second largest city in Japan and only 30 minutes from Tokyo. The city has a rich history of foreign culture and trade, and is really worth a day trip from Tokyo. Top tips It’s possible to spend most of your time just walking around, as it’s such an interesting city.  GetContinue reading “Yokohama”