The Nezu-Museum in Tokyo’s Omotesando neighbourhood quickly became one of my highlights in Tokyo. The architecture by Kengo Kuma is flawless and the exhibitions are rather interesting – we saw one about nature and poetry. But, it was the extensive garden in the middle of Tokyo that took my breath away. I had heard about it from friends and read about it in travel guides, but I never expected it to be that beautiful and calm.
An Urban Oasis in the Middle of Tokyo
The museum and garden are located in the Aoyama neighborhood, one of the wealthiest and thus fanciest neighborhoods in Tokyo. The area in itself is worth a visit. There are many great boutiques, cafés, restaurants and you can see some of Tokyos finest architecture. I suggest you set out Shibuya Station and talk a stroll through the streets of Aoyama, to the garden of the Nezu-Museum. Step into the garden through the museum and you will find yourself in a completely different world.
Meandering paths, hills and valleys, rivers and many small sculpture and stone lanterns for you to discover. You will quickly forget that you are in fact in the middle of Tokyo. If you get hungry or thirsty there is a small café in the garden. Picnics, unfortunately are not allowed.
Some Impressions from the Garden of Nezu-Museum
Access to Nezu-Museum & Garden
The garden and museum are both open between 10 am and 5 pm, but be aware that the entrance closes at 4:30 pm. It’s a 8-10 minute walk from Omotesandō station of the Ginza, Hanzōmon and Chiyoda lines.