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Must-See Art and Cultural Hotspots in Japan


Mitsui Memorial Museum

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The Mitsui Memorial Museum is located in the Nihonbashi district, a few minutes walk from Tokyo Station. The museum opened in October 2005 as the successor to the Mitsui Bunko Annex facilities in Tokyo’s Nakano-ku district. Work is progressing on redeveloping this neighborhood under the concept of creating a modern streetscape coexisting with an Edo period feel, a redevelopment that “retains a sense of Japanese culture.” Since the Edo period, the Mitsui families and the Mitsui Group of Companies have had extremely close connections with the Nihonbashi district.
The Mitsui Memorial Museum is located on the 7th floor of the Mitsui Main Building, an Important Cultural Property-designated early Shôwa period Western-style building. Even so, it is easy to access the museum. The entrance to the museum is located in the 1st Floor Atrium of the neighboring Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. Progressing from the modern streetscape into a building that retains its early 20th century Western-style architectural form, the elevator takes you up to the 7th floor exhibition galleries. There you can enjoy looking at Japanese and Asian artworks in a calming space.
We hope that you will enjoy visiting our museum and seeing our succession of exhibitions featuring masterpieces from the Mitsui Memorial Museum’s own collection, and at times, special exhibitions bringing together works whose owners have generously allowed their display in our museum.

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