We decided that we’re going to visit museums on our recent trip to Tokyo. While studying the different museums in Tokyo before we headed there, Reza discovered that Tokyo has its own museum pass.
[heading h=3]The Grutto Pass[/heading]
Grutto Pass (go-route pass) a Tokyo’s very own museum pass which allows its holder to a one-time admission to 78 museums in Tokyo.
Some of the more prominent museums that are listed in the Grutto Pass include Tokyo National Museum, The National Museum of Western Art, Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.
[heading h=3]Using the Grutto Pass[/heading]
In the pass, the museums are grouped and divided according to areas, to make it easier for visitors to plan their trip.
Each page of the pass provides information of a museum that’s covered by the Grutto pass, including a picture, brief description and opening hours of the museum. Beside the description of the museum, is an admission ticket for each facility. Some museums provide free admission, while some provide discounted admission.
All you have to do to gain/get discounted admission at the museums is to show the Grutto Pass at the entrance. The museum staff will tear off the admission tickets for you.
[heading h=3]Buying the Grutto Pass[/heading]
The Grutto Pass can be purchased at any of the 78 museums listed for ¥2,000. Each booklet is valid within two months from the date it is first used.
[heading h=3]Final thoughts[/heading]
The admission rates of the museums in Tokyo is pretty affordable, ranging between ¥300 to ¥800. If you’re only planning to go to a few museums, spending ¥2,000 on the pass won’t be worth it. Get the Grutto Pass only if you’re planning to visit more than five museums in Tokyo — like we did!
See the whole list of museums covered by the Grutto Pass 2014 and their exhibition schedules. Please note that the terms of the pass changes every year. The current pass is valid up to 31 March 2015.