Tokyo's most populated ward, Setagaya City Ward is no stranger to quality art and history. It museums and galleries cover a wide range of genres, offering a modern appeal to all visitors. Here is an introduction to just some of the museums and galleries of Setagaya and how to reach them.
A tiny little corner gallery in Shimokitazawa, Gallery Hana features the contemporary works of up and coming artists. Regular exhibitions keep this creative hub in action throughout the year. The gallery's large windows flood it with natural light and its cosy interior ensures its ever changing works are properly appreciated.
A 3-minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station on the either Inokashira or Odakyu lines.
Displaying the collected works of Gotoh Keita, the Gotoh Museum houses over 5,000 pieces in its collection. The museum's most famous piece is The Tale of Genji, a Heian period illustrated scroll available for viewing in early May. With six or seven exhibitions each year, the JPY1000 admission fee reflects its quality.
A 5-minute walk from Kaminoge Station on the Tokyu Oimachi Line.
Setagaya Art Museum
There are some 16,000 items in the the permanent collection of the Setagaya Art Museum. With its outdoor sculptures and statues, the museum is a fascinating place to visit. Along with seasonal exhibitions, this contemporary gallery also showcases local artists with the JPY200 general admission fee is a proper bargain.
A 15-minute walk from Yoga Station on the Den-en-toshi Line.
Setagaya Literary Museum
Featuring handwritten manuscripts and correspondence, including letters from Leo Tolstoy, the collection of the Setagaya Art Museum includes over 100,000 pieces of writing interest. Exhibitions are held throughout the year making this unique three-storey museum and its easy JPY200 admission fee a worthwhile visit.
A 7-minute walk from Roka-koen Station on the Keio Line.