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Food and Agriculture Museum - Museum: Setagaya-ku
[Open May-Nov 10am-5pm; Dec-Apr 10am-4pm (last entry 30 min. before closing). Closed Mondays.]
If you're interested in taxidermied roosters, cactus plants, sake paraphernalia, ancient farm tools, modern architecture or lemurs, then this quirky little museum has something for you. Run by Tokyo University of Agriculture, the Food and...
Gotoh Museum - Art museum: Setagaya-ku
[Open 10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.]
Japanese and Chinese paintings, ceramics, calligraphy, tea ceremony implements, swords and mirrors - there are over 5,000 items making up the museum's impressive collection. Unfortunately, though, we'll probably only get to see most of these...
Setagaya Art Museum - Art museum: Setagaya-ku
[Open 10am-6pm (entry until 5:30). Closed Mondays.]
The museum has a collection of over 10,000 works of modern and contemporary art, although the exhibition space is relatively small. The building was completed in 1985, and was designed by architect Shozo Uchii. Set in the tranquil urban oasis...
Setagaya Literary Museum - Museum: Setagaya-ku
[Open 10am-6pm (last entry 5:30pm). Closed Mondays.]
Special exhibitions here cover a wide range of topics, including film, theater, music, art, and of course literature. The permanent exhibition is quite small though - the main items of interest are some unusual kinetic art pieces by artist Masato...
Terada Mokei - Retail: Shimo-Kitazawa
[Open 11:30am-7pm. Closed weekdays.]
Although they started out providing 1/100th-scale cut-out figures to be used in architectural models, Terada has greatly expanded their line-up to cater to scale-model hobbyists, offering kits that feature miniature animals, sports settings,...
Rio Puppy Cafe - Animal cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
Rio has a large playroom full of cute puppies, and since the admission charge is incremented in ten-minute intervals, it's easy to just drop in for a quick visit. Maybe because of the cafe's popularity, the pups seem to be a bit more jaded than...
Snowdome Museum - Museum: Ikejiri-Ohashi
[Open 11am-5pm. Closed Mondays.]
Collectors and devoted fans of winter weather-themed novelty souvenir items will be interested in this unique cultural resource - the world's only museum devoted to snow globes (aka snowdomes). Hundreds of examples of this much-neglected artform...


Accessory Museum - Art museum: Yutenji
[Open 10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Closed Mondays, 4th and 5th Sundays.]
The collection of 2000 items of costume jewelry is organized according to style and time period, with exhibit areas devoted to the Victorian Era, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Haute Couture, Pret-a-porter and Avant Garde styles. In addition to regular...
Himonya Koen Kodomo Dobutsu Hiroba - Park/garden: Meguro-ku
[Open 10-11:30am, 1:30-3pm. Closed Mondays.]
Predating the era of cat and rabbit cafes by many years, petting zoos offer a friendly, interactive animal experience for young kids (and their parents) without the cover charge or the expensive cafe au lait. The one here lets you play with...
Starbucks Reserve Roastery - Coffee shop: Naka-Meguro
[Open 7am-11pm daily.]
Visiting Starbucks Reserve Roastery is a far more interactive and immersive experience than simply going to a coffee shop - it feels more like a trip to a coffee-themed amusement park, with different attractions on each of the building's four...
Sato Sakura Museum Tokyo - Art museum: Naka-Meguro
[Open 10am-6pm (last entry 5:30pm). Closed Mondays.]
The museum specializes in contemporary Nihonga - Japanese-style painting using traditional techniques and materials. There are four or five exhibitions held each year and there's also a permanent collection, which consists of several large-scale...
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture - Art museum: Naka-Meguro
[Open 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.]
The work of 56 contemporary Japanese artists is presented on two indoor floors and four spacious outdoor areas, with over 200 pieces in all. There's a small tearoom inside the museum, although it isn't always open. Admission is free - just sign...