Nezu Museum


Address: 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo, JP
Phone: +81 03 3400 2536

A true man for all seasons, Nezu Kaichiro was a businessman, politician, philanthropist, and serious art collector to boot. In his will, he specified that his collection was to be preserved. The result, the Nezu Museum, opened in 1941 and houses pre-modern Asian paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, and ceramics. Outside, you’ll find a traditional garden and teahouse (Kaichiro was also a tea enthusiast!) After a three-year renovation, the Nezu Museum reopened in 2009 in conjunction with the opening of a new building designed by renowned architect Kuma Kengo. In the fall of 2012, the museum will host an exhibition of paintings of fans titled “The Tale of Heike.” Photo credit: Fujitsuka Mitsumasa