The Top-10

Top 10 Popular Art Exhibitions in Tokyo - 2023

Updated Sep 2023
  • No.1

    Ghibli Museum

    795 Reviews
    17.8km from downtown
    "Ghibli's sacred place that you must visit if you like Ghibli! Photography is prohibited inside the building, but there are several places where you can take pictures outside."
    Highlights: Located in a western portion of Tokyo, the Ghibli Museum is dedicated to showcasing the work of the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Designed by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, the museum is heavily influenced by European architectural styles. Miyazaki used film storyboards to sketch out a plan inspired by locations such as the hilltop village of Calcata in Italy. Full of everything related to Ghibli animations, visitors can not only take a look at the animation buildings, they can also see original Ghibli works and other animation materials. The museum’s souvenir shop and themed restaurant are also very popular.
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  • No.2

    The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

    394 Reviews
    5.9km from downtown
    "Opened on July 9, 2001. The curator is the astronaut Maori Wei. Established by the independent administrative legal person Science and Technology Revitalization Agency (Japanese: Science and Technology Revitalization Agency). The latest scientific and technological introduction to the general public to introduce the achievements of scientific and technological researchers to give back to the general society's feelings and opinions on science and technology, etc."
    Highlights: Miraikan is Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Located in Tokyo’s Odaiba District, it is an eye-opening facility that provides people with a chance to enjoy hands-on contact with science and technology. Miraikan's colorful line-up of offerings includes experienced based classes and talks, in addition to museum-style exhibits. Miraikan aims to be a place for specialists and the general public to gather and engage in dialogue on issues such as climate change, a decline in biodiversity, food issues, natural disasters, and infectious diseases. The museum building is lauded for its architectural design and the overall experience offers something for everyone.
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  • No.3

    The National Art Center, Tokyo

    130 Reviews
    3.6km from downtown
    "The theme is whether to leave the light itself or the traces of the birth of light as a work. A space where you can think while experiencing beauty for a long time."
    Highlights: The National Art Museum of Art was built by the world-renowned designer Kisho Kurokawa. It opened in Minato-ku, Tokyo on January 21, 2007. It is the fifth national art museum in Japan since the National Museum of Art. The museum is based on the concept of symbiosis, and all buildings are built to cooperate with the integration of man and nature, becoming a model of Japanese architectural history. The museum has the largest exhibition space in Japan, and there are exhibitions from time to time. The huge inverted cone building is eye-catching, and there is a restaurant on the top. The glass curtain in the pavilion is undulating and unforgettable. The design is based on the concept of green, so that the building has functions such as earthquake resistance, rainwater reuse, and natural underground ventilation, and is connected to the subway station. There are no collections in the museum, but it has tens of thousands of square meters of large-scale exhibition space in Japan, which is specially used to hold planning exhibitions and publicity exhibitions. Because of the large space, more than ten exhibitions with rich contents can be held simultaneously. The center plays the role of collecting, disclosing, providing and educating information and materials related to art. The hall is especially eye-catching are the two inverted cones, one high and the other low. There are restaurants and cafes on the third floor of the inverted cones. Because of the wide upper part and the narrow lower part, the area of the top of the cone as a dining area has become larger. , and the rest area on the first floor has also become more spacious, which has to be said to be a great design. The interior is divided into more than ten exhibition halls of different sizes, with a high patio design and a beam-free exhibition space. Off-site integration of art libraries, lecture halls, shopping spaces, restaurants, cafes, etc., and even cooperating with Cibone, a famous home furnishing store in Tokyo, to open an art museum store, while designing exclusive goods for the art museum.
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  • No.4

    Mori Art Museum

    218 Reviews
    3.4km from downtown
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    "Roppongi Hill Roppongi Hills is an overall tourist attraction with art galleries and observation decks overlooking the Tokyo Tower. There is a concept like M+West Kowloon Cultural District. Inside, the "Sen Gallery" (MORI ART MUSEUM) has many advantageous exhibitions and works. In addition to the theme exhibition, there are also works by famous artists such as Nara Meizhi. Zhongyou can overlook the city view of Tokyo. "TOKYO CITY VIEW""
    Highlights: Mori Art Museum is situated in the Roppongi Hills development. It is one of the most popular modern art museums in Tokyo. It has hosted a wide variety of contemporary exhibitions across varying disciplines such as photography, architecture, and global art. This is also not the only attraction Mori Art Museum has to offer. Its observation deck provides visitors a chance to get great views of Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, other landmarks across the city’s skyline. Those interested in urban development will enjoy visiting Roppongi Hills so a stop at the Mori Art Museum is a great addition to a fun-filled outing.
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  • No.5

    Nezu Museum

    108 Reviews
    4.4km from downtown
    "Genjin Art Museum is a very interesting venue, this museum's collection is also quite rich, the huge wooden structure limb building is very large, the internal space is very open, you can see the style of plants and venues combined, the visit is very interesting."
    Highlights: Nezu Art Museum is a private art museum with the theme of Buddhist art works and tea utensils. The museum building designed by Kengo Kuma is worth seeing in itself. A typical Japanese-style courtyard, exquisite and elegant, with flowing water, rockery, pavilions and halls. The collections in the museum include 7 Japanese precious objects and 81 important cultural property collections. The more important exhibits are the masterpiece of Rinpai painter Korin Ogata: Swallow Flower Screen, which is exhibited every May.
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  • No.6

    National Museum of Western Art

    103 Reviews
    5km from downtown
    "National Xiyang Art Museum (こくりつせいようびじゅつかん The National Museum of Western Art) is a museum dedicated to the collection of Xiyang art works in Ueno Park, Taitung, Tokyo. Chinese name"
    Highlights: This art gallery with a simple and cool appearance was designed and constructed by French architect Le Corbusier in 1959. In July 2016, it became a newer World Heritage Site along with 17 other Le Corbusier buildings around the world. The museum displays art works from the end of the Middle Ages to World War II, including masterpieces by many well-known artists, such as Monet's "Water Lilies" and Rodin's "Gate of Hell". Both the importance and the number of works belong to Asia. crown. The special exhibition "Le Corbusier and the Museum of Infinite Growth" is currently being held in the museum until September 19, 2016.
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  • No.7

    Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

    72 Reviews
    826m from downtown
    "Japan Mitsubishi Museum of Art No. 1, this art museum is particularly characteristic, the architecture inside is also very novel, people feel pleasing to the eye, there are many types of art works inside, there are various kinds, there are sculptures, there are oil paintings"
    Highlights: The Mitsubishi Hall No. 1 Art Museum was designed and built by the British architect Josiah Conder. It was restored and rebuilt by the Mitsubishi Hall No. 1 of the Mitsubishi Foundation in 1894. It was newly completed and opened in the spring of 2010. The design of the art gallery is gorgeous and warm. The museum exhibits modern art works from the second half of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, and different art exhibitions are held every year, witnessing the main process of the development of Japanese art.
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  • No.8

    21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

    55 Reviews
    3.2km from downtown
    "Went there while walking around Roppongi. There was an exhibition once but only managed to visit the store quickly due to time constraints. Although small, well designed and located in a lovely block."
    Highlights: 21_21DESIGNSIGHT Art Museum is a design exhibition hall and workshop for curatorial planning by fashion designer Issey Miyake, graphic designer Naoto Fukasawa, visual designer Taku Sato and architect Tadao Ando. Officially opened in February 2007. The building itself was designed by Tadao Ando, and the design inspiration happened to come from Issey Miyake's design concept of "a piece of cloth", so it has become one of the "pilgrimage places" for Tadao Ando's loyal fans. The appearance of the museum is low-key and full of design, and the inverted triangular roof composed of two complete steel plates is very eye-catching. Although 70% of the building's overall space is hidden underground, the venue adopts large-scale floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which bring in a lot of natural light, making the two exhibition halls located underground bright and full of comfort. Interestingly, the "21_21" in the name of the museum comes from "20_20vision(sight)" in English, which means perfectvision. The masters hope to use the museum to help people re-examine the essence of design, pay attention to the future of design, and study the potential of design. , look at the things around you from the perspective of design, recreate them, and then show them to the public.
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  • No.9

    National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

    76 Reviews
    2.3km from downtown
    "The National Jingdong Museum of Modern Art is a modern works exhibition hall dominated by Japanese. You can see a lot of Japanese-style artworks here. The early time can be traced back to the 19-year period. Many Japanese writers are small and famous."
    Highlights: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo was founded in 1952 with the purpose of introducing Eastern and Western modern art. Works, and often hold various art exhibitions. The museum houses about 9,000 works of art including paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs from the early 20th century to the present day. In order to present an overview of modern Japanese art as a whole, about 250 works are selected from these collections and displayed in the collection exhibition halls on the 4th to 2nd floors. At the same time, part of the collection exhibition hall is also used to conduct album exhibitions of collections around a theme each time.
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  • No.10

    Tokyo Big Sight

    54 Reviews
    5.2km from downtown
    "Tokyo International Exhibition Center has always had a lot of exhibitions, this time there is just an exhibition about animation to come here, here is really big, but here people are super."
    Highlights: The exhibition hall is a large-scale and technologically advanced exhibition center in Japan. It was completed in April 1996. In just over a year to September 1997, it received 11.5 million trade and public exhibition visitors. Every year, various types of exhibitions, small events and even concerts are held. For example, the famous ComicMarket fan exhibition in recent years, the number of visitors can reach more than 500,000. Therefore, during the event, the flow of people and traffic here is very considerable, and many hotels near the venue will be full. The entire exhibition center covers an area of 243,000 square meters, with a construction area of 141,000 square meters and an exhibition area of 80,000 square meters. It adopts steel structure and reinforced concrete building. It consists of three parts: the tower, 58 meters high, with a total of 8 floors, an underground parking lot; 2 floors of the west exhibition hall; 3 floors of the east exhibition hall, an underground parking lot. The main exhibition halls are located in the West Hall and the East Hall. The West Hall has four exhibition areas and is designed as a small exhibition area. Adjacent outdoor and rooftop exhibition areas can also be used for exhibitions as required. The East Hall has six exhibition areas, three on each side connected by a long corridor, which can be turned into a large exhibition area. There are conference rooms of various sizes in the tower. The larger international conference hall can accommodate 1000 people. It is equipped with a 250-inch high-definition video projector, audio and lighting facilities, conference system, high-tech audio-visual system and 8-language simultaneous translator. Tokyo Big Sight uses advanced audio-visual and data information transmission systems to connect exhibition halls and conference centers. The computer system can process input, output and provide exhibition information, venue information, local traffic and other information such as weather and news. The specific facilities include: large screens, installed in the entrance square, broadcasting a large number of image materials related to the exhibition; large electronic information boards, six large electronic information boards are installed in the main passage of the exhibition center, which play the role of guiding the audience; small electronic information boards Information boards, there are 67 small electronic information boards in the exhibition center, which guide the audience to the facilities and local traffic in the museum. Exhibition organizers can also use this as a message board; studio, the entire audiovisual information is controlled by the studio on the first floor. In addition, there are reception rooms, reception rooms, restaurants, lounges, etc.
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  • No.11

    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

    39 Reviews
    5.2km from downtown
    "Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, officially opened in 1926 (Daejeong 15 years), since the opening of the museum, has been known to the public as a public exhibition of many art groups such as the Japanese Academy of Arts and other art groups."
    Highlights: The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art is the earliest public art museum in Japan that opened in 1926. About 300 exhibitions are held in the museum a year, including special exhibitions where you can enjoy masterpieces from home and abroad, various special exhibitions, exhibitions in cooperation with art groups, and group exhibitions for open recruitment.
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  • No.12

    The Ueno Royal Museum

    46 Reviews
    4.7km from downtown
    "The gallery is located in Ueno Park, its area is relatively small, so it feels particularly cramped to run heavyweight exhibitions, such as the exhibitions of Vermeer and Van Gogh artists, often encounter long queues to enter the venue."
    Highlights: The Mori Art Museum of Ueno is a private art museum located in Ueno Park. It was officially established in 1972. There are exhibitions such as "Exhibition of Japanese Nature" and "VOCA Exhibition" every year. The Ueno no Mori Art Museum and the environment of Ueno Park are integrated, harmonious and beautiful, and are very popular among people.
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