Spanning the genres from sports & architecture to paper crafts & paintings, the creative world of Bunkyo City Ward is quite the smorgasbord of flavours, tastes and styles. Here is an introduction to the museums and galleries of Bunkyo and how to reach them.
Gallery Origami House
A small gallery space that also functions as a store and exhibition centre, Gallery Origami House takes the origami paper folding craft to new levels. Filled to the brim with some of the most unique paper folding creations, the gallery is as unique as its owner. There are also origami classes on offer for newcomers.
A 1-minute walk from Hakusan Station on the Mita Line.
Japan Football Museum
Celebrating all things football in Japan, the Japan Football Museum is home to 3D game screenings and a virtual stadium on the museum's first floor. Visitors will also find autographed memorabilia throughout the decades while a Hall of Fame gives the nation's athletes that touch of recognition that many of them deserve.
A 7-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station on the Marunouchi or JR Chuo lines.
The Koishikawa Annex is part of the University Museum at the University of Tokyo. Making use of the university's works, the annex holds numerous special exhibitions focusing on architecture all organised into various themes. The building itself is recognised and, along with the garden, makes for a lovely visit in and of itself.
An 8-minute walk from Myogadani Station on the Marunouchi Line.
Yayoi and Yumeji Museum
A combination of two different galleries, the first is the Takehisa Yumeji Museum dedicated to Yumeji Takehisa, a leading figure in Japan's nascent Romanticism movement and known for his bijin-ga beautiful women genre of art. The second gallery is the Yayoi Museum which highlights the ethereal work of magazine illustrator, Kasho Takabatake.
A 7-minute walk from Nezu Station on the Chiyoda Line.