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Private Tour

Galleries of Chuo

A trip to some of Shitamachi’s most special art galleries
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Things to know

Duration:

5 hrs

Suitable for:

Arty Farty, Family, Intellectually Curious, Seniors

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Tickets included:

Tickets to the Idemitsu Museum of ArtsMitsubishi Ichigokan Museum and Mitsui Memorial Museum are included with the tour

Type of tour:

Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Other inclusions:

Free concierge service if you need any advice  
Meeting points: Just outside the Tokyo Station Gallery

What makes this tour special

Shitamachi is home to some hidden gems of galleries that are off the beaten path. Nowhere is this truer than Chuo. Go with one of our expert, and friendly, guides on a private trip to experience this diverse collection in detail. 


Wonders of the 7th Floor

The Mitsui Memorial Museum, located within the headquarters of Mitsui Group, holds artworks – which include a Joan tea ceremony room – which offer a taste of Japan’s regard for functionality in a museum geared around the “beauty of form”. While many of the exhibits  lack English translations, your expert guide will be happy to translate and leave you with an understanding of the art.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Set within what was one of the first western-style office buildings in Tokyo, this gallery dates back to 2010. Networking with museums across the globe, it is known for high-class thematic exhibitions which focus on 19th century art.

Works of Nippon


Your guide will also take you to the Idemitsu Museum of Arts to see a fine collection of Japanese pieces, a number of which date back to the early Jōmon period, as well as pieces from China and Korea. Located on the 9th floor of the Imperial Theatre you can peer over the moat of the Imperial Palace to what lies beyond.  

Touriocity Tip: Read up on the Japonisme movement, which is a driving force behind much of the artwork displayed in the aforementioned galleries. See how influential Japanese artistry has been within the Western world. We recommend the Tate introductory website as a starting point: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/j/japonisme

What you'll see

Mitsui Memorial Museum
Collection of Japanese and Asian art covering 400 years
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
Art gallery where the temporary thematic exhibitions alternate between Western and Japanese art
Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Impressive collection of Japanese art with some fine ukiyo-e paintings

FAQ

QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.

For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.

To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.

Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <hello@tourioicity.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).

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