Before it became a museum, this place was in fact a private property owned by Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940) president of the Tobu Railway in Japan. Nezu Kaichiro left provision in his will to establish a foundation, to preserve his personal collection and make sure that future generations could share his love of the tea ceremony and its craft. Today the Nezu museum houses a huge selection of ancient Chinese bronze pieces and other artifacts, paintings and calligraphy. According to the museum there are more than 7,400 objects stored here. While the museum is definitely worth visiting, its garden, unfortunately only available to museum visitors, is a true island of peace in the center of Tokyo with several ponds and many traditional houses dedicated to the tea ceremony.