A pleasant combination of tradition and modernity, Machida City is well stocked with some interesting museums and galleries. One of Tokyo's larger municipalities, the city features tributes to world famous comic characters, the city's historical legacy and plenty of creative and artistic value. Here is a simple introduction to the museums and galleries of Machida City and how to reach them.
Machida City Farming Museum
A well-stocked display of classical farming equipment and culture makes the Machida City Farming Museum an honest-to-god interesting visit. The exhibits are in excellent condition, the displays are easily appreciated, and the full range of farming heritage is showcased here.
A 15-minute drive from Tsurukawa Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
One of the few museums to focus solely on prints, the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts has over 30,000 prints in its collection. Both Japanese and Western prints are featured here, with many dating all the way back to the eighth century. Workshops, courses and lectures are also on offer for anyone interested..
A 15-minute walk from the East Exit of Machida Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.
Nishiyama Art Museum
Plenty of Auguste Rodin fans will find the Nishiyama Art Museum particularly pleasing. The first three floors focus on the famed sculptor as well as crystal rocks while the admission fee-required fourth and fifth floors feature the works of Maurice Utrillo, an influential painter from the early 20th century.
A 10-minute ride from Tsurukawa Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.
Snoopy Museum Tokyo
The Snoopy Museum Tokyo is the only official such museum outside of the USA. A huge centre of joy, the museum features exhibitions of original comic strips including examples of early Peanuts drawings and characters. Plenty of classic items and animated clips make the museum a must-visit for fans of the comic.
A 2-minute walk from Minami-machida Grandberry Park Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line.