Japanese Museums

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Find the Perfect Museum for your next Japan Tour!

Japan is filled with numerous museums covering a wide variety of subjects, from the traditional and contemporary Japanese arts to historical museums based on war, samurai, and Japanese history. Art museums are often filled with breathtaking collections paintings, sculptures, gardens, kimono and fabric, and more created by Japanese artists, as well as Western and foreign artists. Historic museums share the history of Japan and the hardships overcome by the Japanese. Japan is also home to a number of war peace museums which spread the message of world peace through displays and exhibits on the public horrors of war.

In addition to traditional museums, Japan offers a wide variety of unique museums that cater to tourist interests. The famous Ghibli Museum is perfect for fans of Hayao Miyazaki's anime films, a standard on all of Japan Deluxe Tour's anime tours. Learn about ramen culture and create your own Cup Noodles at the Cup Noodles Museum, or discover the history of Toyota, one of the world's leading automakers, at the Toyota Aichi Museum. No matter where your small group tour ends up in Japan, there's bound to be a museum to make your vacation go from good to Amazing during your next Japan tour.

Museums in Tokyo

Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum

Museum Designed by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki in Tokyo

Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum

Contemporary Art Museum in Roppongi Hills of Tokyo

Edo Tokyo Museum

Edo Tokyo Museum

Museum shows how the 15th century village of Edo grew to be Tokyo

Sashiko Museum

Sashiko Museum

Japanese traditional form of decorative little stabs.

Sumo Museum

Sumo Museum

Preserve a wide range of sumo materials - Banzuke, Aprons

Samurai Museum

Samurai Museum

The Samurai Museum is the ideal destination for the samurai aficionado.

Suginami Anime Museum

Suginami Anime Museum

Museum offers a historic overview on Japanese animation.

Fukagawa Edo Museum

Fukagawa Edo Museum

The Fukagawa Edo Museum is a museum that recreates Japan's Edo Period.

Meguro Parasitological Museum

Meguro Parasitological Museum

Tokyo Museum home to 45,000 parasites on display

Museums in Nagano, Niigata & Fukushima

Karuizawa Picturebook Forest Museum

Karuizawa Picturebook Forest Museum

Museum displaying 6,000 picture books and original sketches

Obuse Hokusai Museum

Obuse Hokusai Museum

Features ukiyoe works by famous painter Katsushika Hokusai

Northern Culture Museum

Northern Culture Museum

Japanese mansion and beautiful garden

Aizu Sake Museum

Aizu Sake Museum

About Aizu's history with sake brewing and the process of making sake

Museums in Yamanashi, Kanagawa, & Shizuoka

Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

Museum displaying beautifully crafted kimono

Atae Yuki Museum

Atae Yuki Museum

Museum displaying unique doll works of Atae Yuki

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

World's First Food-Themed Amusement Park

Open-Air Museum

Open-Air Museum

First Open-Air Museum in Japan, Picasso Pavilion and Foot-Bath Hot-Spring

UKAI Venetian Glass Museum

UKAI Venetian Glass Museum

Antique and Modern Venetian Glass Museum

Cup Noodles Museum

Cup Noodles Museum

Interactive Museum on Cup Noodles Where You Can Make Your Original Cup Noodle

Japanese Overseas Migration Museum

Japanese Overseas Migration Museum

Museum dedicated to the history of the Japanese who migrated to North and South America.

World Tea Museum (Ochanosato)

World Tea Museum (Ochanosato)

Composed of a Museum, Tea House and Garden

Teddy Bear Museum

Teddy Bear Museum

Old English feel museum about the history and culture of teddy bears from around the world

POLA Museum of Art

POLA Museum of Art

Extensive Art Museum blended seamlessly with Hakone's forest

Museums in Aichi, Ishikawa, Saitama & Fukui

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Dye Your Own Shibori

The Museum Meiji-Mura

The Museum Meiji-Mura

One of Japan's Largest Open Air Museums, Over 60 Buildings from that period

Toyota Factory Tour & Museum

Toyota Factory Tour & Museum

Museum exhibits the history and making of Toyota

Nagoya City Science Museum

Nagoya City Science Museum

The World's Largest Planetarium

Ishikawa Kutaniyaki Art Museum

Ishikawa Kutaniyaki Art Museum

Exhibition of Japanese traditional art crafts, Kutaniyaki

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Great museum to view works of acclaimed contemporary artists

Railway Museum

Railway Museum

The museum of the history and process of railways in Saitama

Fukui Dinosaur Museum

Fukui Dinosaur Museum

One of the Three Largest Dinosaur Museum in the World

Hanayome Noren Museum

Hanayome Noren Museum

Japanese Bridal Curtain Museum

Museums in Kyoto, Nara & Mie

Miho Museum

Miho Museum

Beautiful museum designed by I. M. Pei & known for its seamless integration with nature

Kawashima Textile Museum

Kawashima Textile Museum

Kawashima Selkon Textile museum exhibiting various works produced by the company and historic textile artifacts

Gekkeikan Sake Museum

Gekkeikan Sake Museum

Learn about sake brewing and its history then taste traditional sake

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum

The largest collection of manga in the world

Kyoto Shibori Work Shop and Museum (Workshop)

Kyoto Shibori Work Shop and Museum (Workshop)

Shibori is the method of dyeing cloths.

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft - Fureai-kan (Workshop)

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft - Fureai-kan (Workshop)

Museum dedicated to preserving Kyoto's traditional and cultural works of art

Nara National Museum

Nara National Museum

Displays works of Buddhist art, scrolls, statues, paintings and more

Iga Ninja Museum

Iga Ninja Museum

Ninja museum displaying ninja tactics and weapons

Sake Museum

Sake Museum

In-depth history for guests about the various brewing, traditions, and significance about sake.

Museums in Tottori, Okayama, & Yamaguchi

Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum

Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum

Museum in Tottori dedicated to Nijisseiki Pears

Sand Museum

Sand Museum

Museum displaying amazing sand sculptures by international sculptors

Ohara Museum

Ohara Museum

Japan's oldest Western art museum displaying all kinds of artwork

Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii

Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii

Museum on hardships and contributions made by emigrants in Hawaii

Museums in Shimane

Adachi Museum of Art

Adachi Museum of Art

True traditional Japanese garden with a great collection of artwork

Tezen Museum

Tezen Museum

Shimane Museum in Historic Storehouse Buildings

Matsue History Museum

Matsue History Museum

An in-depth view of Matsue's History

Nima Sand Museum

Nima Sand Museum

Architectural museum featuring world's largest hourglass

Museums in Southern Japan (Saga, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, & Ehime)

Saga Space and Science Museum

Saga Space and Science Museum

Comprehensive science museum resembling a space station

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Museum of remembrance of Nagasaki atomic bombing victims

Kirishima Open-Air Museum

Kirishima Open-Air Museum

Open air museum with art hall by works of international artists

Towel Museum

Towel Museum

Museum displaying great selection of towels and artwork from towels

Museums in Northern Japan (Hokkaido & Sapporo)

Hokkaido Museum & Historical Village

Hokkaido Museum & Historical Village

Recreation of Hokkaido in the Meiji to Showa Period

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

Museum dedicated to Drift-Ice & Okhotsk Sea Life

Sapporo Beer Museum & Gardens

Sapporo Beer Museum & Gardens

The First & Oldest Beer Brewery in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Ainu Museum Poroto Kotan

Ainu Museum Poroto Kotan

Display the tangible and intangible cultural assets of the Ainu in Hokkaido

Otaru Music Box Museum

Otaru Music Box Museum

One of the largest museum shops in Japan featuring music boxes in Hokkaido

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Ski Jump Stadium exhibits of historic Olympic medalists

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

Museum filled with Ainu History

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

One of the best single malt whiskies in the world, Hokkaido Whisky

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