Days Out: West Tokyo
Tokyo government sponsored walking tour
Walking tour of Shinjuku area - stroll Japanese gardens and experience a Japanese tea ceremony. Sado tea ceremony, traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden tour. Requires advance reservation, please see website.
Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum
Museum of fashion costumes and accessories representing cultures from around the world. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00-16:30. Located at 4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku.
Tokyo Kimono Dye Museum
Preserves the dyeing techniques of Edo Komon patterns and Edo Sarasa chintz patterns thru hands-on activities and displays, together with a kimono consultation space. Located at 3-6-14 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0051.
founded for Admiral Togo, a hero in Japan. Togo was the commander during the Battle of the Sea of Japan (1904-5), which saw the defeat of the Russian fleet in the straits of Tsushima. Located at 1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku.
The Tokyo Metropolitans Children Hall
Tokyo childrens playground, art and craft rooms, musical instruments, table games and a roof playground. 5 floors of activities for children of all ages at no charge (handicraft materials fee). Open everyday 09:00-17:00 at 1-18-24 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku.
A large forested area spreads from Harajuku to Shinjuku is contained in the shrine with a few museums and buildings enclosed within the forest. Located at 1-1 Kamizono-cho, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku.
Takao Trick Art Museum
An Egypt themed trick art museum near Mount Takao which shows various optical illusions and trick imagery, focusing on Egyptian and Western-style art. Open Saturday to Thursday from 10:00-19:00. Located at 1786 Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844.
Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Collection of masterpieces from the ukiyo-e tradition. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30-17:30. Located at 1-10-10 Jingu-mae, Shibuyaku.
Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo
Featuring the art of Chihiro Iwasaki, a Japanese picture-book artist, as well as an international collection of over 200 picture-book artists of the world. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00. Located at 4-7-2 Shimo-Shakujii, Nerima-ku, Tokyo.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Tour
Tour of government buildings including Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Hall and Observation platform on 45F. Tour available every weekday from 10:00-15:00 at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Main Building No. 1, 1F, 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku.
Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum
Relocated, Reconstructed, Preserved and exhibited Historical buildings from Edo era to Tokyo. Open Tuesday to Sunday 09:30-17:30 (April to September); 09:30-16:30 (October to March). Located at 3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganeshi (in Koganei Park).
Suginami Animation Museum
Museum of Japanese anime displaying the past, present and future of anime. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 at Suginami Kaikan 3F, 3-29-5 Kamioga, Suginami-ku.