One of the most cosmopolitan areas of Tokyo, Minato City Ward is replete with quality attractions. Its museums and galleries are world class with quality the primary feature. From family fun to cultural sophistication, the city has it all. Here is an introduction to just some of the museums and galleries to be found in Minato and how to reach them.
Minato Science Museum
Considered by many to be the best city ward science museum in Tokyo, the Minato Science Museum is one of those perfect interactive locations for the family. While the excellent planetarium may set you back JPY600, the museum itself, with its countless number of activities and exhibits, offers free admission.
A 4-minute walk from Toranomon Hills Station on the Hibiya Line.
National Art Center
Roppongi's famous National Art Center is one of Tokyo's showpiece galleries. Home to a hypnotic wave-like design and construction, the gallery is about as modern as one can get. A must-visit location for both the domestic and overseas visitor, the gallery's ever changing modern exhibitions and striking architecture never fails to impress.
A 1-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line.
Housing pre-modern Japanese and East Asian works of art from the private collection of the late businessman and philanthropist, Nezu Kaichiro, the Nezu Museum exudes class. Featuring classical works from all genres, the gallery is also famous for its extensive Japanese garden and its JPY1600 admission fee is reflective of the quality on display.
An 8-minute walk from Omotesando Station on the any of the Ginza, Hanzomon or Chiyoda lines.
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
Famous for his expression, "Art's an explosion!!", the inspiration that is the late Taro Okamoto continues to live on in the delightfully cheeky but very much alive Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum. The JPY650 admission fee doesn't do the free and energetic spirit of Okamoto's prehistoric-inspired works justice at all.
An 8-minute walk from Omotesando Station on the Hanzomon Line.