Tokyo has a rich art community with a huge selection of large and small galleries. From huge complexes to galleries hosted in an apartment, there is something for all interests. Some charge a fee for entrance, but there are enough free ones to satisfy an art fan!
SCAI The Bathhouse
Located in an old bathhouse, SCAI The Bathhouse is a contemporary art gallery that is becoming increasingly well-known for introducing Japan’s avant-garde artists to the world. It also features artists from abroad, helping them to establish themselves in Japan.
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-18:00
Access: Check the Official Website for directions.
3331 Arts Chiyoda
Another odd location for an art gallery, 3331 Arts Chiyoda uses an old high school building to show off all kinds of artists. It’s goal is to create a free space for those of all ages, backgrounds and countries to enjoy art.
Open: 12:00-19:00 (Closed on Tuesdays and New Years)
Access: Take the Ginza line to Suehirocho station. Take exit Exit 4, then walk up and take a left turn before Sukiya (すき家). Walk down to Rensei Park. The gallery is housed inside the old school next to the park.
Ginza Maison Hermes le Forum
At the top of the his class shop Hermes is a nice little gallery for budget travellers. This free gallery shows of ever-changing and provoking modern art exhibitions.
Open: Depends on exhibition
Access: Take the Tokyo Metro to Ginza station (Ginza, Hibiya or Marunouchi lines), and take Exit B9.
National Museum of Modern Art (東京国立近代美術館)
This museum displays the latest modern art from the best artist, as well as art as far back as the Meiji Period. Free first Sunday of the month.
Open: Tues-Thurs, Sat, Sun: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Fri: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM (closed on Mondays and New Years)
Access: Next to Takebashi station on the Metro Tozai Line.
TimeOut has an excellent monthly pamphlet with the latest exhibitions and gallery shows, many of which are free. It is available for free from hostels, many hotels, tourist information centres and book stores with English sections. It is also available to download at TimeOut.com
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