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Ceramic works that have been made in various parts of Japan since ancient times, and whose styles reflect the climate and traditions of each region can be seen. It is a simple art that uses nature and the human body, and that is why it fascinates people. We will introduce two recommended museums where you can appreciate pottery works in Tokyo.

Hiromi Kikuchi Memorial Museum Chi Art Museum

Hiromi Kikuchi Memorial Hall Chi Art Museum HP

The Hiromi Kikuchi Memorial Museum Chi Art Museum stands quietly in a quiet area of ​​Toranomon. Opened in April 2003, this museum specializes in contemporary ceramics from the founder's (Satoshi Kikuchi) collection.

The first thing that greets us is a spiral staircase with glass railings that leads from the entrance hall to the underground exhibition space. When you step into the back exhibition room with your heart racing, what awaits you in the back is a pottery work carefully illuminated one by one with a spotlight.

Hiromi Kikuchi Memorial Hall Chi Art Museum HP

The works are displayed as they are without being placed in a glass case. I am very happy to be able to appreciate ceramic works with different scenery from 360 degrees up close and from the angle I want to see.

From the adjoining café <Chafu>, you can see a Japanese garden with a history of about 100 years and a Western-style building (National Important Cultural Property). A space where you can feel the warmth and security of a secluded place. It's an experience that will keep you captivated, especially if you're interested in contemporary ceramics.

Gotoh Museum

Gotoh Museum HP

The Gotoh Museum in Setagaya Ward is recommended for those interested in the tea ceremony culture. Calligraphy, Japanese paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics will be on display, including the National Treasure <The Tale of Genji Emaki>, a treasured collection of Keita Goto, the foundation of the Tokyu Group. At the Old Iga Exhibition and the Tea Ceremony Assortment Exhibition, which is held from autumn to winter every year, you can casually see masterpieces related to Sen no Rikyu, Furuta Oribe, and Chojiro, so be sure to check them out.

Gotoh Museum HP

I think one of the advantages of museums is that you can read the author, the background of the author, and the story of the work in writing. This museum also has an audio guide, so you can deepen your understanding of the works and immerse yourself in the art.


On the grounds of the Gotoh Museum, which is about 6,000 tsubo, there is a large Japanese garden, which is rare in Tokyo. It is a museum that has the charm of being able to enjoy the expressions of Japan's four seasons while immersing yourself in the afterglow of the exhibition.

In addition to disseminating information about towns, architecture, crafts, and food that are connected to the aesthetic sensibilities of Japan from ancient times, we are also developing a select shop that mainly sells handicrafts. If you are interested, please check the select shop.

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