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Museums in Japan

  • Posted on: June 2, 2018
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As a country, Japan is well-known for its rich culture and traditions. Visited by more than 29 million people each year, it has many things to offer to the travelers. Many are fascinated by the differences this Asian country has from the rest of the world. If you want to find out more fascinating things and get familiar with the traditions of the country, you should visit these six museums.

National Art Center

Located in Tokyo, it is a place to go to for art geeks. It is actually the largest art museum in the country. Do not expect to see any permanent exhibitions, as it is not the case here. The museum permanently varies its collections. So every time you visit the National Art Center, expect to see something new.

Tokyo National Museum

Located in the capital, Tokyo National Museum is the best place to go to get a great historical overview. If you are ever in Tokyo, you should visit this museum, as it is the oldest one in the country and ranks as one of the oldest museums in the world. It presents exhibitions, focused on art and archeological findings.

There are many things you can do in this museum, apart from looking at objects that are being presented. The facility has gift shops and cafes to let you rest in between your visit. Additionally, there is a garden, opened to tourists. And while you are passing by you can take a look at the outdoor exhibition – one of which features an ancient gate called Kuromon.

Kubota Itchiku Art Museum

This museum is located in Fujikawaguchiko. This is a particularly interesting one to visit, as it contains an exhibition of kimonos. In case you did not know – a kimono was a traditional piece of clothing. Typically it was worn by everyone on a daily basis, but nowadays it is merely a special occasion clothing.

The museum was named after an artist, Kubota Itchiku, who was famous for utilizing a special tie-dyeing technique for coloring textiles. The kimonos, presented in the exhibition were created by this artist. They are fascinating to see one can describe them as art on clothing pieces. They feature nature motives, cosmos, and the seasons themes.


Located in Noboribetsu, this museum is more traditionally referred to as Shiraoi Ainu Museum. It used to feature objects, connected to Ainu history. Ainu are the people of northern Japan. This used to be an open-air space, duplicating a traditional northern village. It featured houses and portrayed the lifestyle of this people. The whole exhibition was located around Lake Poroto, which made it even more true to life.

While unfortunately, this exhibition has closed in spring of 2018, the new one is scheduled to appear in 2020. It will portray the Ainu culture as well and will offer the lakeside experience to its visitors. While it might seem like a long wait, the incredible view of the authentic life is worth scheduling a trip for.

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum


Located in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is by far the most exciting place to visit if you are into ancient creatures. It is the only museum in the country, dedicated to dinosaurs! It is also considered to be one of the three greatest dinosaur museums in the world.

“Dino Street” is one of the permanent exhibits here. Located in the hall, it features a display of fossils that showcase the earliest life on Earth found so far. The main hall contains dinosaur remains. Although some are replicas, most are actual fossils found by scientists. While you are strolling around, you might find the exiting dioramas and ever robotic dinosaurs. Those move and make sounds, to give you an experience of meeting the real ones.

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum


Located in Nagasaki, more specifically it is a part of the Nagasaki Peace Park. This is the museum that portrays tragic lessons of history. It is especially important to visit places like this one, to understand the consequences wars have on humanity. The city was destroyed in 1945 by an atomic bomb, killing thousands of civilians. This pace, together with the two parks that surround it was designed as a memorial for them.

The museum features a permanent exhibition that portrays the events of 1945. Additionally, it has a special exhibition room, a library and a children’s library, a video room.