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Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Mingeikan)

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Very interesting but frustrating

It's a unique collection, almost every piece a gem BUT as per the original curator's desire that... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
For confirmed folk-crafts enthusiasts only

The museum is out of the way (near the University of Tokyo satellite campus -- you need to take a... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
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4 weeks ago
“Very interesting but frustrating”
Jan 14, 2018
“Specialist interested only”
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a unique collection, almost every piece a gem BUT as per the original curator's desire that viewers experience the pieces directly without any written explanation giving historical background, time period... or anything to cloud your direct viewing of the piece, I was extremely frustrated,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank cest243
Reviewed 15 January 2018

This is a lovely building but with only a few rooms and small number of exhibits in glass cases. Crafts as in arts and crafts movement really rather than in home made items. There is little information in English so it is probably only worthwhile...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 87jak
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Check first to see what the show is but usually it is something good! Nice close access from Shibuya by short 10 minute train ride and then 5 minute walk. Beautiful building.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Matt N
Reviewed 18 June 2017

The museum is out of the way (near the University of Tokyo satellite campus -- you need to take a separate subway line from Shibuya), and very small. It houses the folk craft collection of a dedicated collector. The museum asks you to take off...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank TokyoVisitor
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Great museum in the former house of a collector/designer/publisher specialised in Folk Crafts. Gorgious potteries, kimonos, sashikos and all kind of beautiful "wabi-sabi" products. A bit out of city center (one stop after Shibuya station) but it is really worth the trip, also to visit...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank arnauldv
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I write this as a huge fan of Japanese folk arts and traditional architecture. I was really looking forward to my visit to this museum. Here are my four reasons: First, it was a very small collection with NO English language signage at all --...More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank MadrugadaMistral
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Over the last few weeks we have visited many Japanese museums, we were told by a historian relative that it was a must see. It is small and very expensive compared to many others. On a hot day it wasn't air conditioned how this effects...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Phil G
Reviewed 24 January 2016

We really wanted to enjoy this museum. The building is interesting, and the exhibits have works you don't see other places. But there was no signage in english, just one paper telling you what was on each floor. No guides, not guide books, nothing. I...More

Date of experience: January 2016
3  Thank travel-lms
Reviewed 27 October 2015

If you see a show here that interests you, by all means check it out. The place is a nice 2.5-3 hours activity to do just 15 minutes train from Shibuya. And while you are there if the hours coincide check out Koshi Ramen or...More

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank Matt N
Reviewed 27 September 2015

I visted here in November 2014. The exhibits at the time, in addition to the museum's own collection, were indigo ware and, separately, folk quilts from India. Everything was well-labeled in English. The Indigo exhibit included history and other explanations about the creation and use...More

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank JoSanNY
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