A branch of the Natiional Museum of Nature and Science (the main museum is based in Ueno), the Institute for Nature Study retains an area of mixed forest in the center of Tokyo.
The area occupied by the institute was a garden and residence of feudal lords during the Edo period, the site of a gunpowder magazine during the modernizing Meiji period, and then an estate managed by the Imperial Household Agency, before becoming public property after World War II, and then becoming the Institute for Nature Study in 1962.
Children of high school age and under are admitted for free.
- 0.5 km from Meguro Station
- 0.6 km from Shirokanedai Station
- 1.0 km from Takanawa-dai Station