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Make Your Way to These Great Museums in Shinjuku

Jan 30, 2019

Although Shinjuku is well known for its busy station, skyscrapers and lively business district, there are also several museums in the area where you take in some of the art and culture of Japan. In this article we will introduce you to three of them.

Seiji Togo Memorial - Sonpo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art

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The Seiji Togo Memorial - Sonpo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art is an art museum located in one of Nishi-Shinjuku’s many skyscrapers. The museum’s permanent collection features art from Seiji Togo, a Japanese artist who specialized in oil paintings. There are other major works from post-impressionism artist included in the permanent collection, including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. There are also limited-time exhibitions that you can enjoy, as well as the gorgeous view from the 42nd floor of the building.

Seiji Togo Memorial - Sonpo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Address: Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters Building 42nd floor 1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operations: 10:00AM-6:00PM (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (open if the Monday is a national holiday), New Year’s holidays and periodically during the changing of exhibits
Telephone Number: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial Service)
Admissions fees vary by exhibit. Please see the official site for details.
https://www.sjnk-museum.org/en/

Memorial Museum for Soldiers, Detainees in Siberia, and Postwar Repatriates

Located on the 33rd floor of the Sumitomo building, the Memorial Museum for Soldiers, Detainees in Siberia, and Postwar Repatriates is a museum that is dedicated to Japan’s experiences during the war. The exhibits tell the stories of the horrors the soldiers experienced using graphics, video and models in order to tell this generation about the horrors of war. This museum is sure to make you think about how we can ensure that humanity moves towards a peaceful future and treasure your peaceful everyday life. This museum is free to enter, so stop by if you want to learn more about Japan’s perspective on the war.

Memorial Museum for Soldiers, Detainees in Siberia, and Postwar Repatriates
Address: 33rd floor, Shinjuku Sumitomo Building 2-6-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 9:30AM-5:30PM (Last entry at 5:00PM)
Closed Mondays (open if the Monday is a national holiday, will be closed the next day), New Year’s holidays and when the Sumitomo Building is closed. Open during summer holidays.
Telephone Number: 03-5323-8709
http://www.heiwakinen.jp/english/index.html

Samurai Museum

Located in the heart of Kabukicho, Shinjuku’s nightlife district, the Samurai Museum is a place where you can experience the “Samurai Spirit”. Authentic armor and swords from 450 years ago are on display. You can also try cosplaying in replicas of the armor and watch a samurai sword performance! This museum is very popular with visitors from overseas. Stop by and visit this museum that you can only find in Japan!

Samurai Museum
Address: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Kabukicho 2-25-6
Hours of Operation: 10:30AM-9:00PM (Last entry at 8:30PM)
Telephone Number: 03-6457-6411
https://www.samuraimuseum.jp/en/index.html

Spend a relaxing day in Shinjuku going around these museums and learning more about Japan's history.

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