ART IN AOYAMA
Home to some of Tokyo’s most stunning architecture and the location of the late Taro Okamoto’s former studio, the Aoyama neighborhood is another important place for art in Tokyo.
This is a well-known museum which mainly features traditional Japanese art but also pieces from ancient China and Korea. The museum is home to several thousand art pieces with regularly rotating exhibits. The real highlight of the Nezu Museum is the beautiful garden in the back which is worth at least an hour of your time.
Admission for adults costs ¥1000 yen.
6-5-1, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
10:00 – 17:00
Spiral, named after the large spiral ramp found in the back of the building, was designed by famous Japanese architect Maki Fumihiko. It features shops, a cafe and even a concert venue, but also regularly hosts free art exhibitions. The building, located near Omotesando station, can easily be spotted on the fashionable Aoyama Boulevard.
5-6-23 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
10:00 – 20:00
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
Taro Okamoto was a famous Japanese surrealist who was known for his colorful and abstract sculptures and paintings. He was a contemporary of Pablo Picasso and other members of the Surrealist movement. This museum is the same location where he lived and had his studio. The museum is two stories high and also features some of his sculptures In the garden outside. It costs ¥600 to go inside the museum which is quite small, but definitely recommended. The gift shop is also very good.
6-1-19, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
10:00 – 18:00