Guided Tours

Guided tours

Registration Opened:

Updated: We have revised the tour details and expenses. If you are registered for the UMAC seminar already, you can join one of the guided tours for free, however, if you wish to join, you need to pay for the fee for the insurance.
Please note that you will also need to pay for the public transport by yourself. if you do not have a rechargeable IC card, you can also preorder a card via our Peatix ticket site.

We are organizing guided tours to university museums in Tokyo and cultural institutions in the local Minato area in order to introduce their various activities surrounding cultural properties. Please register by 18 August 2019 [JPT].

Meeting date and place
Tuesday 10 September 2019, 12:45 at Keio University Mita Campus, East Gate

Number of places
Maximum of 25 participants for each tour. Tickets are first come, first served.

  • If you can no longer attend the tour, please let us know by 1 September so that we can offer your place to people on the waiting list.
  • Please note that tours with less than 10 participants will not take place.

Means of transportation Public transport

Each tour requires around 700 to 800 JPY for transportation. Please bring a rechargeable transportation IC card with enough credits.
You can use Suica, Pasmo, ICOCA and PiTaPa. If you would like to preorder an IC card, please select a ticket "Train IC card".

For the overview of transportation IC cards, please visit:

Expense 700 JPY (travel insurance)

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Participants (and accompanying persons) who have already registered for the UMAC Tokyo Seminar 2019 persons can join one tour for free but need to pay an additional fee for the travel insurance.

Course A: Visiting University Museums

  1. Historical Buildings of Meiji Gakuin University and Meiji Gakuin Historical Museum
    The museum opened in 1998 to collect and organize materials and information related to the history of Meiji Gakuin for use in research and education. It is situated in Meiji Gakuin Memorial Hall designated Tangible Cultural Properties of Minato City.
  2. Waseda University Aizu Museum
    The museum opened in 1998 to commemorate Yaichi Aizu, a calligrapher, poet and art historian, to display research materials related to Oriental Art, Modern Art, and Archaeology. It is situated in the university’s second oldest building completed in 1925 and initially designed as a library by the architect Kenji Imai.

  3. Meiji University Museum
    Based on the University's philosophy of "Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-Government," the museum exhibits its academic achievements and serves as a learning centre. Its three departments (Commodity, Criminal Materials, and Archaeology) consider lifestyles; law and human rights; and diversity of humankind.

Timetable (provisional)

12:56 bus departure from Keio University East Gate to Takanawa Keisatsusho-mae → walk to Meiji Gakuin University (40-minute visit) → walk to Shirokanedai Station → Tokyo Metro Namboku/Tozai Line to Waseda Station → walk to Waseda University Aizu Museum (50-minute visit) → walk back to Waseda Station → Tokyo Metro (Tozai/Marunouchi Line) to Ochanomizu Station → walk to Meiji University Museum (50-minute visit) → walk back to Ochanomizu Station → JR Chuo/Yamanote Line to Tamachi Station

Course B: Visiting Science Museums of Universities

  1. Oishi Fossils Gallery of Mizuta Memorial Museum, Josai University Educational Corporation
    The museum houses around 200 fossil and academic specimens donated by Michio Oishi, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo; and the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning, China. It runs various educational programmes, including hands-on workshops, to foster intellectual enquiries about natural sciences.

  2. Intermediatheque (IMT)
    IMT is jointly operated by Japan Post Co. Ltd. and the University Museum, the University of Tokyo. Situated in the Showa Modern building of former Tokyo Central Post Office, it is dedicated to the experimental interdisciplinary exhibition of the university's scientific and cultural heritage accumulated since its foundation in 1877.

  3. Museum of Marine Science, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
    The museum displays a variety of fishery materials such as specimens and models of various sea creatures or models of fisheries vessels and introduces Japanese seafood culture. The Whale Gallery in the annex exhibits the whole skeletal specimen of world's largest North Pacific right whale.

Timetable (provisional)

13:00 departure from Keio University Mita Campus, East Gate → walk to Mita Station → Tokyo Metro Mita/Namboku Line (change trains at Shirokanetakanawa) to Nagatacho Station → walk to Mizuta Memorial Museum, Josai University Educational Corporation (40-minute visit) → walk back to Nagatacho Station → Tokyo Metro Hanzomon/Marunouchi Line (change trains at Otemachi) to Tokyo Station → walk to Intermediatheque (50-minute visit) → walk back to Tokyo Station → JR Yamanote Line to Shinagawa Station → walk to Museum of Marine Science (50-minute visit) → walk back to Shinagawa Station → JR Yamanote Line to Tamachi

Course C: Visiting Cultural Institutions in Minato Area

  1. Sengakuji temple
    Sengakuji is a Soto Zen temple founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612 and relocated to Takanawa after the great fire of 1641. It was one of the three principal temples of Edo, now famous for the tombs of Ako Gishi.

  2. Ajinomoto Foundation For Dietary Culture
    The Ajinomoto Foundation For Dietary Culture was founded in 1989 to promote research related to dietary culture. Its specialized library and display room are open to the public. It holds many food samples made based on historical references and Nishikie paintings.

  3. NHK Museum of Broadcasting
    The museum opened in 1956 as the world’s first specialized museum of broadcasting in Atagoyama. It has various historical materials and libraries open to the public.

Timetable (provisional)

13:00 departure from Keio University Mita Campus, East Gate → walk to Mita Station → Toei Asakusa Line to Sengakuji Station → walk to Sengakuji (45-minute visit) → walk back to Sengakuji Station → Toei Asakusa Line to Takanawadai Station → walk to Ajinomoto Foundation For Dietary Culture (50-minute visit) → walk back to Takanawadai Station → Toei Asakusa Line to Onarimon → walk to NHK Museum of Broadcasting (65-minute visit) → walk to Jikei-idaimae bus stop → Tokyu Bus (Higashi 98) back to Keio University

photo copyright: Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan, Waseda University Aizu Museum, INTERMEDIATHEQUE / Museography © UMUT works, Sengakuji-temple