No slouch when it comes to museums and galleries, Meguro City Ward is a hub of creativity. Home to the quirky and the sublime, the city's international leanings come to the fore with its easily accessible and contemporary locations. Here is an introduction to just some of the museums and galleries of Meguro and how to reach them.
Meguro Museum of Art
Opened to act as a window to the community, the Meguro Museum of Art exhibits contemporary Japanese art as well as art from around the world. The gallery also offers workshops combining gallery art with its creation as well as a Citizens Gallery for use by the general public. Admission prices vary according the exhibition.
A 10-minute walk from Meguro Station on any of the Namboku, Toei Mita, Tokyu Meguro or JR Yamanote lines.
Meguro Parasitological Museum
As surreal as they get, the Meguro Parasitological Museum is all about parasites. Filled with jars of creepy specimens from the mysteriously microscopic world, this free museum has some of the best souvenirs as it explains away the mystery of what is apparently a misunderstood lifeform. Definitely one for the adventurous.
A 12-minute walk Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture
A hidden gem, there are hundreds of pieces by scores of modern artists that here in the lovely gallery that is the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture. Made up of an indoor area and a rather expansive outdoor one, the gallery's free admission makes it an easy visit. The surrounding neighbourhood only adds to the charm.
A 15-minute walk from Yutenji Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line.
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
The photographic hub of Tokyo, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is situated in the popular Ebisu Garden Place. With it's permanent collection of well over 30,000 works, its exhibition galleries, constantly changing shows, workshops and events, the museum is the place for fans of all things art and photographic.
A 7-minute walk from Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote Line.