Sunday, March 3, 2013

Oasis in Tokyo metro, Nezu Museum

The Nezu Museum is located in the Minami Aoyama district of Tokyo, 10 minutes walk from Omotesando station.  This museum is not only just a museum, but also has a fabulous Japanese garden and a neat cafe. 

The museum was first opened in 1941, thanks to a bequest from Kaichiro Nezu I.   He loved antiques and collected various art works of Japanese and East Asian arts, and the museum now has more than 7,000 items.  Kaichiro is famous as the King of Railways because he was involved in many railway building projects.  He was such an industrialist, also was the president of Asahi and Sapporo Beer Company and Nissin, which is now famous for Cup Noodle.  

The museum has 6 galleries and exhibits its collections partially by turns. When I visit there, I could enjoy tea cups, Japanese dolls, and ancient Chinese bronzes about 12 century, B.C.!

This museum has a Japanese garden with some Asian taste, and this is definitely my favorite garden in Tokyo. 
There is a pond,

Tea houses,

Garden lanterns, statues of Buddha,

Guardians deity of children, felt like I was in a fairy tale.

After walking in the garden, let's have some snack in Nezu Cafe.  This is a meat pie with salad, JPY650.  Sitting back and relaxing, look plum trees are blooming outside.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (entrance closes at 4:30 pm).Closed on Mondays, during exhibition installations, and during the New Year's holidays.
When a National Holiday falls on a Monday, the museum is open on that Monday and is closed on the following Tuesday.

General admission to museum collection:  Adult: 1000 yen
General admission to a special exhibition: Adult: 1200 yen

Nezu Museum
6-5-1, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Experience Japan!

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