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Mitsui Memorial Museum

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Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi | 7 Fields Mitsui Main Building, Chuo 103-0022 , Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-5777-8600

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Nice museum with Japanese and Mitsui family history

It was a cold, sunny, Sunday afternoon and I thought I would stop working and try to do something "cultural". The hotel concierge found all kinds of exhibits related to Western... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2016
Michelle H
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This museum is easily accessible from Mitsukoshimae exit A7 which leads almost directly to the entrance to the museum. The exhibitions that are put on there seem to be quite niche and upmarket. One or two of the staff speak English and English language information is available and/or downloadable from their website. The exhibition that was on when I went... More 

Thank brixtontrev
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

It was a cold, sunny, Sunday afternoon and I thought I would stop working and try to do something "cultural". The hotel concierge found all kinds of exhibits related to Western art and culture, but that was not what I was looking for in Tokyo. We settled on the Mitsui Memorial Museum as the best choice. The exhibition was Japanese... More 

Thank Michelle H
Vancouver, B.C.
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480 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 666 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Visited the Mitsui Memorial Museum on the recommendation of a local guide only to be thoroughly disappointed to say the least. What appears to be a wonderful collection is simply diminished to the foreign visitor by the complete lack of English signage and explanation. While displays are surrounded by vast arrays of Japanese script, the English translation is confined to... More 

Thank Dalecorp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

As a previous review said this museum is a bit of a wasted effort. The museum itself is fine, with all the usual facilities but nothing remarkable. It is also relatively small and houses only 100-200 artefacts per exhibit. The main problem with the museum is that is does not have a permanent collection - it only has the current... More 

Thank PKRV
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

Visited this museum on multiple occasions as the exhibits change periodically. The museum itself is housed within a historically protected building which I find appealing and the museum focuses on traditional Japanese arts (eg, themes revolve around tea ceremony and accompanying equipment). Location in Nihombashi means it is within walking distance from the Ginza shopping area if you want to... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Beautifully decorated entrance hall, quiet, peaceful and interesting exhibition. I saw a doll exhibition for Hina Matsuri which I greatly enjoyed. The Museum Shop itself is worth seeing. Wonderful, small inexpensive traditionally Japanese gifts can be had here.

Thank Alissila
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

You leave this museum feeling that they've wasted a great opportunity to showcase some wonderful Japanese cultural artifacts - a real shame. The museum itself is easily accessible. It's on the 7th floor of the Mitsui building, directly reachable from the Mitsukoshimae subway station on the Ginza line. It's a small space - just 7 rooms - and you can... More 

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Carol Stream, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 October 2015

This exhibit was about the Shugendō beliefs, and its ascetic hermits, displaying many objects recovered from Kimpusen in Nara prefecture. ( It is a fusion of Shintō, Buddhist, Taoist and ancient Chinese divination beliefs). The museum is next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. We were the only non-Japanese there. Only a Japanese audio guide available. We had a list in... More 

Thank Darwingirl483
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 October 2015

It was a nice museum with great Japanese artefacts but it was 1300 yen/pp and it only took us about 45 min to go through. The only english was the object names like "clay pot" so not much was learned. If you are looking to learn about the Japanese culture and only speak english, I would advise the Tokyo National... More 

1 Thank Larkin D
Bandung, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015

In this museum you can see various kinds of history since the Edo era, which began around the 1600s. Their collection gives an overview of various work trips and developments to date. How Japan, especially Tokyo with various works of art and excellence from time to time.

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