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.
5 Chome-5-21-5 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to
September 1-April 30 9am-4:30pm | May 1-August 31 9am-5pm
- 0.5 km from Meguro Station Namboku Line (N1)Mita Line (I1)Yamanote Line (JY22)Tōkyū Meguro Line (MG1)
- 0.6 km from Shirokanedai Station Namboku Line (N2)Mita Line (I2)
- 1.0 km from Takanawa-dai Station Asakusa Line (A6)