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.

Nezu Museum

根津美術館

Nezu Aoyama

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.

Address
6-5-1, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
東京都港区南青山6-5-1

Hours
10:00 – 17:00

Telephone
03-3400-2536

URL
nezu-muse.or.jp/en/

Nezu Museum Architecture
Nezu Museum Garden

Spiral

スパイラル

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.

Address
5-6-23 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
東京都港区南青山5-6-23

Hours
10:00 – 20:00

Telephone
03-3498-1171

URL
http://www.spiral.co.jp/

Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

岡本太郎記念館

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.

Address
6-1-19, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
東京都港区南青山6-1-19

Hours
10:00 – 18:00

Telephone
03-3406-0801

URL
taro-okamoto.or.jp/

Taro Okamoto Aoyama