With Tokyo one of the most historically diverse cities on earth, where the old and the traditional come together in a repeatedly blinding way with artistic and neon-modernism, it is not surprising that Tokyo is home to so many fantastic museums. The number of museums accessible for touring and experiencing Tokyo include Interactive art museums, combat museums and modern pop culture museums.
This multicultural room has gained a great deal of attention quickly, particularly among photographers and one of the first interactive museums in the world. Situated at Odaiba’s entertainment hub, TeamLab Borderless offers a lighting and contact interactive art environment to create virtual environments. You can also enjoy creating worlds together that add an extra layer of fun when you visit the museum as a couple or a group. Since the journey is diverse and constantly changing, there will be no two tours but always in mind. On their website, tickets may be booked or purchased in person.
A jewel in a house, tucked away in Shinjuku, takes you through 700 years of the Japanese Warriors ‘ history: the samurai. You can only travel through the museum on a guided tour, from the front desk to a private collection of weapons, guns, and sculptures, with a professional guide who will instruct you on your journey. You will also see a live performance with the katana, and try some armor for yourself (between 2 to 5 p.m., hourly). The museum shop also offers a selection of unique souvenirs related to samurai.
Tokyo National Museum
Called to be the oldest museum in Japan, Japan’s long history and culture, together with sculpture, can be seen in this museum because it is also considered the world’s biggest Sculpture Museum. There is plenty to see with over 110,000 permanent pieces, but rotating exhibits still take place, shifting all year round. This is situated in Ueno park which has plenty to see and which, depending on the season, lights up with cherry blooms or red leaves. On Mondays, the museum is closed.
Meguro Parasitological Museum
Truly one of Tokyo’s most unusual, or perhaps even harsh, museums is still incredibly interesting. The Parasitological Museum is home to a variety of other nasties, which can be contained in tubes, science papers, tropical squabbles, and more scattered over the three stories of the world’s largest tapeworm (8.8 meters long). The entry is free and you will think about it later.
The Ghibli Museum
It’s a great experience and is one of the best things you can do in Tokyo and is devoted to the company that gave us film icons such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. Sitting in a beautiful room, you will move through bits, cartoons that you have never seen before, sculptures of life size, etc. To understand the love that is going into this room you do not have to be a fan of the films. You will schedule this in advance (details are available on their website) preferably for months as they sell out quickly and there are no tickets sold in the museum itself.
Drawing into Japanese culture and visiting the Drawing Museum is like walking into the wonderland, a private collection lovingly collected by collector Shingo Modegi. Flags from all over Japan, as well as from all over Asia and Europe, tell you colors, pictures ranging from yokai to geisha and koi fish, stringinging to cane under and a rich history in front of you. This museum is truly unique and is worth visiting in Nihonbashi outside Ginza.
Go back into the Edo era, and learn more about Japan’s craft, politics, lifestyles and more as you study Edo Street replicas, cars and figures in life. The museum features both permanent and temporary expositions, and there is plenty to learn about one of the most interesting times of History, with five floors to be explored.