Art & Design
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum 東京都庭園美術館
Art Deco and elegance on a scale befitting royalty
This exquisite residence-turned-gallery was initially the home of Prince Asaka, who spent the 1920s living abroad in France and the United States. Upon his return, he hired French artists to design his home's interior in the famous Art Deco style he observed overseas.
The residence they created is known today as the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. On display, you'll find jewelry, sculpture, fashion, paintings, and home decor.
Built in 1933
Designated a national important cultural property
How to Get There
Ride to Meguro Station via the JR Line or Tokyu Meguro Line. The museum is a 7-minute walk from the station.
High society amenities on display
The glass-relief doors in the front entrance hall were made by the French glass artist René Lalique. The walls of the small drawing room are finished with oil-on-canvas paintings by Henri Rapin.
The artwork is incorporated into the spaces of the museum so well, in fact, that it feels more like a house tour than a day at an art museum. If you're looking for an example of understated opulence, you'll find it here.
Garden fit for a prince
The grounds of the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum are well endowed with flowers, foliage, ponds and sculptures. The word teien means "Japanese garden," after all. While the interior is quite Western, the landscaping is very Japanese.
There are also some more modern luxuries on site to catch your interest. Recent renovations and updates added a cafe, museum shop, and more exhibition spaces.