Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Refined Elegance in an Art Deco Palace

Built in 1933 as the residence of Prince Asakanomiya, this gorgeous mansion in the art deco style served as the state guesthouse among other things after the war, before it was turned into a museum in 1983. It is well worth visiting for the beautiful interior design alone by the French artists Henri Rapin, René Lalique and Ivan-Léon Branchot.

The main building is surrounded by a Japanese-style landscape garden, a Western-style park and a plaza with a lawn, where you can stroll around and enjoy the plants of each season.

Café Sasha Kanetanaka next to the entrance serves Japanese dishes and sweets. The open terrace is particularly lovely during the cherry blossom season in the spring and when the leaves turn in the fall.

*On November 1, 2011, the museum will close due to renovation. The Museum will reopen in 2014.
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
ADDRESS 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-3443-0201
ACCESS 7-minute walk from Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
6-minute walk from Shirokanedai Station, Exit 1, on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
OPEN 10:00 - 18:00
CLOSE The second and fourth Wednesday each month (Open on public holidays, and closed the following day instead.), New Year’s holidays.
Photo: © Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum