Nezu Museum & Garden, Omotesando

May is the season for Irises and fresh green

Tomoko Kamishima   - 2 min read


The Nezu Museum has introduced an online timed-entry reservation system, for use by all visitors, as one of their measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, for the time being, the opening hours of NEZUCAFÉ is 10am - 4:30pm (last order: 4:00pm).

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Walking down Omotesando Street away from Meiji Jingu, you can see a dark colored building surrounded by thin bamboo trees on the right. It is Nezu Museum, based on the private collection of a railway tycoon, Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940).

In May each year, the season of iris and fresh green, the museum holds an exhibition of special works; Ogata Korin’s 'Irises' and Suzuki Kiitsu’s 'Mountain Stream' plus some others.

We can enjoy both natural beauty in the garden and artistic beauty inside at the same time. The garden is a pond excursion style Japanese garden, making the best use of a hilly configuration. There are teahouses, small shrines, and lots of stone statues scattered around the garden.

When you are tired, have a break at the café amongst the greenery. Korin's 'Irises' is exhibited for only one month every year from around mid April to mid May. (See the museum exhibition schedule details.)

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sha...