Yamatane Museum of Art Cafe

Tea and ornate wagashi at this Tokyo gem

By Kim    - 1 min read

The Yamatane Museum of Art is located in the Tokyo suburb of Hiroo, and showcases a collection of over 1800 Japanese paintings, centered around the Meiji Period. Alongside the artwork to enjoy, the museum has a cafe that serves up tea and a range of seasonal wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets.

The springtime wagashi offerings included sakura, peony, hydrangea and magnolia varieties. We enjoyed the hydrangea and peony wagashi and were impressed by the level of detail that each piece had. There are several tea options to enjoy with your wagashi, including matcha, oolong tea, and a flower infused tea blend.

The cafe portion of the museum is accessible without needing to purchase an admission ticket to the museum itself.

Getting there

The Yamatane Museum of Art Cafe is located just over 10 minutes on foot from Ebisu Station, served by the JR Yamanote, Shonan Shinjuku and Saikyo Lines, and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.