In the Garden of the Nezu Museum of Art (根津美術館)

Unexpected tranquility just next to the fashion district of Minami Aoyama (南青山)

Nezu Museum of Art (Garden)

Nezu Museum of Art (Garden)

A German version of this posting you can find here.
Eine deutsche Version dieses Artikels finden Sie hier.

People who come to Tōkyō’s posh fashion and shopping street, Omotesandō (表参道 / おもてさんどう), and the adjoining Minami Aoyama (南青山 / みなみあおやま) mostly do so because they are seeking the big names in fashion. None of the famous brands are missing here.

Others may be here for the breathtaking architecture that has found its home in this part of Tōkyō in the 90s and recent years – and in many cases: fashion and architecture find a most intriguing symbiosis here.

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The art lover will be acquainted with the „Nezu Museum of Art“ (根津美術館) and its exquisit collections – breathtakingly exhibited in a building by the renowned architect Kengo Kuma (隈・研吾 / くま・けんご). But everybody who isn’t interested in either of them will probably miss at least a gem in Tōkyō’s treasure box of gardens. Therefore, this is just to give you a glimpse of the charm of the garden of the Nezu Museum of Art – which just happened to match a current exhibition of folding screens with irises and wisteria.

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The museum is based on a foundation by the Japanese industrialist Kaichirō Nezu (根津・嘉一郎 / ねづ・かいちろう) who lived from 1860 to 1940 and was also the president of the Tōbu Railway Company (東武鉄道 / とうぶてつどう). 1941 the museum was opened in his private residence in Minami Aoyama, gorgeously set in a spacious garden with quite a number of tea houses. Since 2009 the museum found its home in an outstanding example of Kengo Kuma’s work that combines modern style and materials with traditional Japanese elements. Dedicated to pre-modern arts the collection comprises more than 7,400 objects, including seven National Treasures, 87 Important Cultural Properties and 94 Important Art Objects.

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Even if you don’t care for all that, you’ll have to bear the consequences… The garden is only accessible through the museum itself, hence, only by paying the admission fee for the museum. But feel free to make up for it by spoiling yourself with a little break in the coffee shop in the garden.

Opening hours

(museum, the garden & the coffee shop):
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry: 4:30 pm).
Closed on Mondays (should a national holiday fall on a Monday the following Tuesday will be closed instead) and during exhibition installations
Also closed during the New Year’s holiday period.

Admission fees

General admission to museum collection
Adult: 1000 Yen
High School Student or above: 800 Yen

General admission to a special exhibition
Adult: 1200 Yen
High School Student or above: 1000 Yen

Groups of 20 or more persons will receive a discount of 200 Yen each person.

How to get there

It is about 8 minutes walk from Exit A5 of Omotesandō station (表参道駅) of the Ginza (銀座線), Hanzōmon (半蔵門線) and Chiyoda (千代田線) Tōkyō Metro lines.
Should you like to avoid stairs, take exit B3 – it’s about 10 minutes walk from there.


2 Responses to In the Garden of the Nezu Museum of Art (根津美術館)

  1. […] englische Version dieses Artikels finden Sie hier. An English version of this posting you can find […]

  2. […] In the Garden of the Nezu Museum of Art (根津美術館) – Unexpected tranquility just next to the fashion district of Minami Aoyama (南青山) […]

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