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Cultural facilities

This section introduces a selection of cultural facilities including national and metropolitan museums, public libraries, Noh and Kabuki theaters, and other theaters for operas, ballets, plays, concerts, and more.

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 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 assets

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 (closed for renovations until FY2018)
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 the new Tokyo waterfront subcenter
Police Museum (Japanese only) Exhibition about 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 and Bunraku
Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall,
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Ballet, opera and classical music
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Multipurpose hall featuring everything from classical music to pop concerts to ballet to rakugo (comic monologue)
Tokyo International Forum Multipurpose facilities for exhibitions, lectures, music concerts, musicals and other events
Tokyo Big Sight Various exhibitions, expositions and other events
Hibiya Public Hall
/Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall
(Japanese only)
Lectures, symposiums and various pop/rock concerts
(From April 2016, Hibiya Public Hall will unavailable for use due to remodeling construction)
NHK Hall (Japanese only) Performances by the NHK Symphony Orchestra and classical/pop music concerts
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 Theater (Japanese only) Plays and musicals
Kabuki-za Theater Kabuki
Shinbashi Embujyo Theater Kabuki and popular drama
Meijiza Theater Noh, Kyogen and Japanese popular drama
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