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Cultural facilities

This section introduces a selection of cultural facilities which includes major museums (mainly national and Tokyo metropolitan museums), and public libraries. Also listed are theaters presenting operas, ballets, plays, concerts and Japanese classical entertainment, such as Noh and Kabuki.

Art museums
Name of Facility/Site Note
The National Museum of Western Art Exclusive collection of Western art
The National Museum
of Modern Art, Tokyo
Various special exhibitions Crafts Gallery and National Film Center also open to the public
The National Art Center, Tokyo Nation's most spacious exhibition area, which allows various types of exhibits and displays
The University Art Museum-Tokyo
University of the Arts

A wide range of collections including national treasures and important cultural properties

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Special exhibitions including exhibition of works by the general public
Museum of
Contemporary Art Tokyo
Holds numerous planned exhibitions including displays of international art
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Photo exhibitions on various themes
Tokyo Metropolitan
Teien Art Museum
Museum situated in a large park
The Ueno Royal Museum (Japanese only) Museum featuring many special exhibitions
Hara Museum
of Contemporary Art
Contemporary art works from art design to architecture to music
Suntory Museum of Art Special exhibitions mainly feature Japanese art
Name of Facility/Site Note
Tokyo National Museum Japan's oldest museum
National Museum of Nature and Science Japan's only national comprehensive science museum
National Museum
of Emerging Science and
Innovation (Miraikan)
Features latest science-related information
Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum Introduces history of Tokyo
Edo-Tokyo Open Air
Architectural Museum
Rebuilt or preserved buildings from the Edo to early Showa periods
Tokyo Metropolitan
Archeological Center
Exhibitions about historical remains in Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan
Water Science Museum
Hands-on museum about water
Tokyo Metropolitan
Water History Museum
History of waterworks in Tokyo
Tokyo Sewerage Museum "Rainbow" Information about the sewerage system for Ariake Tokyo Waterfront City
Police Museum (Japanese only) Presentations on the history and activities of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
Fire Museum (Japanese only) History of firefighting in Japan
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Theaters/Exhibition facilities/Concert halls
Name of Facility/Site Note
National Theatre Kabuki, Bunraku and other traditional Japanese performing arts
New National Theatre, Tokyo Ballet, opera and plays
National Noh Theatre Noh and Kyogen
National Engei Hall Japanese traditional performing arts including Kabuki, Noh, Kyogen, Bunraku and public entertainment
Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall,
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Ballet, opera and classical music
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Multipurpose hall for classical music performances, pop concerts, ballets, rakugo (comic monologue) and so on
Tokyo International Forum Multipurpose facility for music concerts and musicals in addition to exhibitions and lectures
Tokyo Big Sight Various exhibitions, expositions and other events
Hibiya Park Large Concert Hall (Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall) (Japanese only) Concerts by various artists
NHK Hall (Japanese only) Performances by the NHK Symphony Orchestra and classical/pop music concerts, etc.
Tokyo Opera City (Japanese only) Concert hall mainly for classical music
Bunkamura Classical music, ballet and musicals
Yurakucho Asahi Hall (Japanese only) Concerts, lectures and rakugo performances
Suntory Hall Concert hall mainly for classical music
Sunshine Theatre (Japanese only) Plays, musicals and concerts
Dai-ichi Seimei Hall (Japanese only) Concert hall mainly for classical music
Imperial Theatre (Japanese only) Plays and musicals
Kabuki-za Theatre Kabuki
Shinbashi Embujyo Theatre Kabuki and popular drama
Meijiza Theatre Noh, Kyogen and Japanese popular drama
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