Days Out: West Tokyo

Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery
Artworks from the revolution of Meiji Restoration. With masterpieces of figures and historic scenes of the era and an extensive wall art collection. Open daily 09:00-17:00. Located at 1-1 Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-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.
Teikoku Databank Historical Museum
Historical museum dedicated to credit research with a collection that traces the 200-year history of the credit research industry. Open Tuesday to Fridays from 10:00-16:30. Located at 22-8, Honshio-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0003.
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.
Fire Museum
History of fire and rescue in Japan. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00. Located at 3-10 Yotsuya.
Togo Shrine
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.
Tobacco and Salt Museum
History of the use of tobacco around the world and the history of the salt industry in Japan. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00. Located at 1-16-8 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku.
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.
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.
Tokyo Toy Museum
With toys from all over Japan and around the world, housed in rooms with different themes and appropriate for a specific age group. Exhibits and performances such as tea making are also available. Located at 4-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0004.
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.
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.
ICC (InterCommunication Center)
Museum featuring media art works inspired by the latest electronic technologies. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12:00-17:00. Located at Tokyo Opera City Tower 4F, 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku.
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Modern and contemporary works of 20th century and following including paintings, sculptures, photography, video works, design, fashion and architecture. Located at 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku.
Museum of Haiku Literature
Devoted to collecting and preserving haiku works; with meeting rooms for haiku seminars, meetings for poets and other events. With programs for lectures and exhibitions on haiku. Located at 3-28-10 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8521.
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.
Meiji Shrine
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.
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.
Hachioji Yume Art Museum
Small museum housed on the second floor of a multipurpose tower. The permanent collection is complemented by five or six special exhibitions every year. Located at 2F View Tower Hachiouji, 8-1 Youkamachi, Hachioujishi, Tokyo 192-0071.
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).
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Art collection by Seiji Togo and other internationally renowned artists. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00. Located at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters Building 42F, 1-26-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku.

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