ART IN HARAJUKU
Harajuku is one of Tokyo’s best places for art, both indoors and out. The Design Festa Gallery is a fantastic place to spot up-and-coming artists while you can check out the work of established pros in the Laforet Museum. There’s also plenty to see by simply walking outside, as street art is also abundant in the neighborhood.
Design Festa Gallery
Perhaps one of the most interesting places in Harajuku, this large gallery space regularly hosts various galleries by artists both well-known and obscure. There’s also a cozy cafe that serves beer and light food inside. The quality of the art depends on when you visit, but it’s worth checking out at least once.
3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya
11:00 – 20:00 everyday
Ota Memorial Museum of Art
This is a small but excellent museum for those interested in ukiyo-e, or traditional Japanese woodblock prints, which were a popular art form from the mid-1600’s until the early 20th century. The museum has a collection of 12,000 pieces, with new exhibitions every month or two.
1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya
10:30 – 17:30 exc. Mon.
The top floor of Laforet features a museum and art gallery which is usually free. You can see exhibits from high profile Japanese visual artists and the venue occasionally hosts music events and live visual performances.
6F 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya
11:00 – 21:00 everyday
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
This is one of Tokyo’s most famous contemporary art museums, often featuring exhibits by well-known international artists as well as some local ones. You can also find a nice cafe and bookstore here as well.
3-7-6, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
11:00 – 19:00, until 9PM Wed.