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Japan has some of the world's best and most varied museums. Art, history, science, sake, trains, subways, manga even sex, vinegar, sand and tobacco museums can be found in Japan.

Tokyo Museums 博物館

Advertising Museum Tokyo (ADMT) is located in the Caretta Shiodome Building near Shimbashi and features displays of outstanding Japanese and overseas advertising in various formats from the mid-18th century onwards.

Advertising Museum Tokyo.

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is housed in Tokyo Dome and pays homage to the greats of Japanese baseball as well as displaying exhibits from all levels of Japanese baseball.

Baseball Museum.

The Crafts Gallery, housed in a red-brick Neo Gothic building dating from 1910, exhibits Japanese and foreign crafts from the Meiji period onwards.

Crafts Gallery.

The Daimyo Clock Museum is a large roomful of clocks in an old house on an overrun property in the picturesque Yanaka district of Taito ward, Tokyo. The Museum dates from 1974, and houses the lifetime collection of a Japanese ceramicist cum clock collector.

Daimyo Clock Museum.

The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in the former villa of a rich Show-era businessman in Shinagawa and hosts frequent exhibitions of some thought-provoking, modern art by both Japanese and foreign artists. The museum's cafe also has a reputation for some inventive cakes.

Hara Museum of Contempoary Art, Shinagawa, Tokyo

The Japan Football Museum opened in 2003 and is dedicated to the 2002 World Cup held jointly in Japan and Korea, the history of Japanese soccer and the country's premier professional soccer competition - the J-League.

Japan Football Museum, Tokyo

Matsuoka Museum of Art features mainly the classical sculpture and Chinese ceramics collection of the late industrialist, Seijiro Matsuoka. Also displays modern European sculpture and painting, and Japanese painting.

Matsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo.

The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is a faithful reconstruction of the late 19th century building designed by British architect Josiah Conder and includes a pleasant outdoor garden and the 1894 restaurant.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

The Mitsui Memorial Museum in Nihonbashi contains the private collections of the Mitsui family assembled over three hundred years and including priceless tea ceremony utensils, paintings and Noh masks.

Mitsui Memorial Museum.

Mizuma Art Gallery & Mizuma Action are sister galleries in Tokyo's Ichigaya district and Naka-Meguro district respectively that make a point of featuring artists distinguished by an intensely personal style. Another Mizuma Art Gallery has subsequently opened in Singapore.

Mizuma Art Gallery & Mizuma Action.

The Museum of Contemporary Art houses international and Japanese post-war modern art including works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Gerhard Richter and Julian Schnabel.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Koto ward.

The Museum of Yebisu Beer is located in Yebisu Garden Place, in the Ebisu district of Tokyo. The Museum of Yebisu Beer opened in 2010 to celebrate 120 years of the history of the brand. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the museum which includes two complimentary beers.

The Museum of Yebisu Beer.

The National Art Center in Roppongi is designed by Kisho Kurokawa and is Japan's largest exhibition space. The museum is dedicated to special exhibitions.

National Art Center Tokyo, Roppongi.

The National Museum Of Modern Art specializes in contemporary Japanese art from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) onwards.

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

The National Museum of Nature and Science has exhibits on the evolution of living things, the flora and fauna of Japan, and the solar system.

Museum of Nature and Science.

The National Museum of Western Art was designed by Le Corbusier and opened in 1959. The Museum's collection covers Western paintings and drawings from the 15th - 20th centuries.

National Museum of Western Art.

Nihon Minka-en or the Japan Open Air Folk House Museum is a collection of over 20 traditional houses brought from all over Japan and displayed in a charming countryside setting near Kawasaki.

Nihon Minka-en.

Old Shimbashi Station in the Shiodome district of Tokyo near Shimbashi is a reconstruction of one of Japan's first railway stations. The original Shimbashi Station was a terminal station on the Shimbashi to Yokohama Line which opened in 1872.

Nihon Minka-en.

The Railway Museum in Omiya ward of Saitama City is proving to be one of Japan's most popular museums with record crowds flocking to see historic trains, shinkansen carriages and a steam train simulator.

Railway Museum.

The Science Museum in Kitanomaru Park dates from the 1960s and is aimed mainly at children. The museum is good fun and educational for all the family.

Science Museum.

Shinjuku Historical Museum in Shinjuku ward, Tokyo, recounts the history of this ward - one of Tokyo's most important - since the beginnings of time. Small, but interactive, modern, and memorable.

Shinjuku Historical Museum.

The Shitamachi Museum near Ueno Park preserves some of the flavor of the area's life in the Taisho Era (roughly the 1910s and 1920s).

Shitamachi Museum, Ueno, Tokyo.

The Subway Museum is dedicated to the history and development of Tokyo's amazing subway system and includes historic train carriages and hands-on exhibits.

Tokyo Subway Museum.

Suntory Museum of Art in the Tokyo Midtown building in Roppongi offers changing exhibitions showcasing the collection of traditional Japanese art of the Suntory corporation.

Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown.

The Tobacco & Salt Museum is dedicated to the these previous government monopolies and charts the history of tobacco smoking in Japan from the 17th century.

Tobacco and Salt Museum.

The Tokorozawa Aviation Museum displays a number of historic and more modern airplanes and explains the history of flight and aviation in Japan including the country's first plane crash.

Tokorozawa Aviation Museum.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum dates originally from 1926 and is dedicated to both Japanese and foreign art. The now modern brick-faced buildings house both a restaurant and museum shop as well as a number of galleries.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

The Tokyo National Museum houses the largest collection of Japanese art in the world including calligraphy, ceramics, statuary, swords, paintings and Buddhist art.

National Museum.

Tokyo Teien Metropolitan Museum is an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1933. It was formerly the residence of Prince Asaka and houses many period pieces.

Tokyo Teien Metropolitan Museum.

Tokyo Metropolitan Water Science Museum is a fun, high-tech, science resource designed to excite and enthrall. Located in Tokyo's cutting edge leisure district of Koto-ku.

Tokyo Metropolitan Water Science Museum, Koto ward, Tokyo.

Tokyo Waterworks Historical Museum is a small, modern, two-floor multifarious presentation of the history of Tokyo's public water supply, which dates from the 16th century.

 Tokyo Waterworks Historical Museum, Bunkyo ward, Tokyo.

Yushukan War Memorial Museum, on the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine, is a modern military museum dedicated to Japan's armed forces since the start of the Meiji Period.

Yushukan War Memorial Museum.

The John Lennon Museum is a comprehensive treasure trove of John Lennon, Beatles and Yoko Ono memorabilia, creatively and meticulously presented, in a modern, spacious setting.

John Lennon Museum, Saitama.

Zoshigaya Missionary Museum, located in Toshima, is a beautifully preserved, early 20th century, wooden building, built for the American missionary J. M. McCaleb.

Zoshigaya Missionary Museum.

Kyoto Museums

Kyoto Museums - Kyoto has some of Japan's finest art and history museums as well as featuring museums dedicated to sake, manga, movies and even world peace.

Kyoto National Museum.

Hakone Museums

Hakone Museums - Hakone has a number of fascinating museums including the Little Prince Museum, the Hakone Open-Air Museum, the Pola Museum of Art, the Hakone Art Museum, the Hakone Ashinoko Museum of Fine Art, the Hakone Mononofu no Sato Art Museum and many more.

Hakone Museums

Hakone Open Air Museum - opened in 1969 as the first open air museum in Japan. There are pieces by such sculptors as Rodin, Calder, Caro, Dubuffet, Miro, Miyawaki, Niki de Saint Phalle, Vangi, and Rosso; as well as one of the world's largest collections of Henry Moore.

Open Air Museum

Hakone Glass Forest - is both an outdoor and indoor museum dedicated to Venetian glass. There are galleries exhibiting Venetian glass from the 15th to the 18th centuries, old Murano glass, and then on to modern glass creations by well known international artists, including Dale Chihuly.

Glass Forest

Nagoya Museums

Nagoya Museums - Nagoya has some wonderful museums such as the Tokugawa Art Museum, the Toyota Automobile Museum and the recent SCMaglev & Rail Park.

Nagoya Museums.

Osaka Museums

Osaka Museums - Osaka has some world class museums including the Osaka Museum of History, the Osaka Maritime Museum, the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art and Osaka Castle Museum.

Osaka Museums.

Museums in South West Japan

Museums in South West Japan - see a listing of some of the stand out museums and galleries in Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, and Yamaguchi prefectures including museums in Hagi, Izumo, Kurashiki and Matsue.

South West Japan Museums.

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