The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

Tokyo Museums

Tokyo Tower and around Skyscrapers

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the largest metropolitan area, by population in the world. Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 and officially became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from the old capital of Kyoto in 1868 and it was renamed Tokyo.

Tokyo has many museums and theatres for performing arts. Many different festivals occur throughout Tokyo. Once cherry blossoms bloom in spring, many residents gather in parks and gardens near many of the Toyo Museums for picnics under the blossoms.

Below is a list of some of the significant museums in Tokyo:

Essential Facts:

  • City:                                 Tokyo
  • Country:                          Japan
  • Japanese:                        東京都
  • Population:                     Metropolis 13.6 million



“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”
Japanese Proverb



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