Japan Museums: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo - 三菱一号館美術館
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum building is an almost complete recreation of the original Mitsubishi Ichigokan structure that stood on the same spot and was designed by British architect Josiah Conder in 1894. The original Mitsubishi Ichigokan was a concrete-reinforced brick structure built to survive earthquakes but met the wreckers' ball in 1968.
The new red brick and concrete building of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan has three floors above ground and two basement floors.
The museum is surrounded by other buildings of the Mitsubishi empire in Tokyo and is dedicated to Western art of the late 19th century.
The opening exhibition was Manet et le Paris moderne with over 80 oil paintings from the French master as well as etchings and lithographs and grew huge, enthusiastic crowds.
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum's space also includes a pleasant English-style garden with water features, outdoor seating and statues including a Henry Moore, and is popular with Tokyoites who work in the area.
The outdoor square also includes new restaurants, cafes and designer shops.
Inside the museum is the popular Cafe 1894 with fin de siecle architecture and fittings, and a museum shop called Store 1894.
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
Chiyoda-ku, 6-2 Marunouchi 2-chome
Tel: 03 5777 8600
Admission: Adults 500 yen
Hours: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-6pm; Wednesday, Thursday Friday 10am-8pm; (closed Monday)
A short walk from the Marunouchi exit of Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Line) or Nijubashimae Station on the Chiyoda Line of the Tokyo Metro.