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Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery

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Outstanding picture-book tour of the Meiji Emperor's rule

The museum is by the Meiji Gaien Nikoniko Park. It is a very short walk from Shinanomachi, or a 10... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
Istvan Z
Tokyo, Japan
Great history lesson

Somewhat off the map of Tokyo's museums this art gallery was a pleasant surprise and captured the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
John P
Melbourne, Australia
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1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku 160-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
Akasaka, Roppongi
+81 3-3401-5179
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

The museum is by the Meiji Gaien Nikoniko Park. It is a very short walk from Shinanomachi, or a 10 minute walk through the park from Aoyama-Ichome. Entrance is 500yen. The building and collection date from the early 20th century: they commemorate the rule of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Istvan Z
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Somewhat off the map of Tokyo's museums this art gallery was a pleasant surprise and captured the sense of Japan's modernisation in the nineteenth century. Not all of the paintings are first rate but the stories they tell are fascinating and gave me insights I...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank John P
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Incredible historic large scale 80 paintings. I was born and lived in Japan until early 1990's, but I never knew about this place. So are my friends who still live there. If you like modern Japanese history, this is a MUST destination.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank motohachi
Reviewed 28 October 2016

JINGU GAIEN is mostly covered with sports complexes eg. National Stadium (being rebuilt), baseball, rugby, jogging track, etc. This is the only museum type place in the area. The building was constructed in early 19th century to display pictures showing achievement of Meiji Emperor (1852-1912)...More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank hirosandeh
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This museum tells the story of the Meiji's life through a series of 80 oil paintings with good English translations. We thought this Museum was more enlightening about the Meiji period than the main history museum. One has to read between the lines however to...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Juliez46
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This stunning gallery tells the story of the Meiji period and why it is so important to modern Japanese history. It explains the impact of the emperor as he drove this change. Once you understand this information, you can understand why the country has so...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank runinm
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is a fascinating place to visit if one is Interested in Tokyo if one is Interested in some ancient Japanese history. This gallery consists of about 80 paintings depicting real events from the life of Emperor Meiji. My favorite was the...More

Date of experience: October 2015
7  Thank justin576
Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

The Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is definitely a great place to go for a quiet hour or two. There are 80 paintings, 40 for each side of the building. If you're new to Japan and confused when people switch back and forth when talking about...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 19 May 2015

The picture gallery uses painting to tell the history of Japan from 1868 - 1912. This period is known as the Meiji era as it was ruled by Emperor Meiji who ruled during a time of great change as he encouraged the westernization of Japan...More

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We stumbled upon this gallery as we were walking around and I'm glad we did! A great insight into the Meiji era with the gallery showcasing a timeline of paintings by various Japanese artists. I am a visual person so it was great to see...More

Date of experience: July 2014
4  Thank Ngocolat
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Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were
famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants,
bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of
Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the
area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot
to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art
Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art
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