Here are the best Art Museums in Roppongi, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.
For instance, The National Art Center, Tokyo, TOTO GALLERY･MA, Mori Art Museum and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Roppongi!
1.The National Art Center, Tokyo
The museum is directly connected to Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line or a 5-minute walk from the Toei Bus stop, Aoyama Saijou.
The building was designed by Kisho Kurokawa based on the concept ”a museum in the forest”. Its impressive and unique appearance can be considered itself to be a piece of art.
Making the most of its exhibition space which is one of the largest in Japan, the museum focuses on serving as a venue for special exhibitions to introduce progressive artworks both in Japan and abroad and public offered exhibitions for major domestic artist groups.
You can see books, magazines, journals, exhibition catalogs and other materials related to art and use the database for search in the art libraries.
The museum also offers rental baby pushchairs and a nursing room for those who visit with small children and a restaurant and cafe spaces for a break. Before you leave, stop by the museum shop to see artistic original items. You may find something you like.
Since its opening in October, 1985, TOTO GALLERY・MA has carried on its devotion to solo exhibitions by Japanese and foreign architects and designers.
The gallery provides exhibitors with the unique opportunity to fully demonstrate their individuality by granting them free reign of the entire gallery, making the structure part of the ”work”.
The configuration of the gallery itself is interesting in that exhibition room 1 on 3F and exhibition room 2 on 4F are mutually accessible through the outside courtyard. Although spatially a smaller gallery at just 240 square meters, exhibitors can convey their philosophies and values in a condensed and highly expressive manner.
In addition, the 2F museum shop “Bookshop TOTO” offers books, magazines, home decor and other items specially and personally selected by the gallery staff.
3.Mori Art Museum
The art museum is located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower with over 200 retail shops, a multiplex and a hotel.
The museum focuses on modern art exhibitions, but also holds other events as well to give people the opportunity to appreciate and learn about art, such as educational programs and lectures from globally well-known artists.
There is an observation deck as well as the museum cafe & restaurant on the 52nd floor, so you can also enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo or have a relaxing break and enjoy a coffee or a meal after visiting the exhibition.
Another great point about the museum is that it is open until 10:00 p.m. (except for Tuesdays, when it closes at 5 pm). Connected directly to Roppongi Station on the Hibiya Line via concourse, it is very convenient.
4.Suntory Museum of Art
Suntory Holdings Limited, a Japanese beverage maker, opened the Suntory Museum of Art in 1961. Its collection includes about 3,000 works that are basically related to the beauty in our daily lives.
It houses one National Treasure, 13 Important Cultural Properties, and 21 Important Artworks; visitors can enjoy a variety of works in the genres of painting, Japanese lacquerware, ceramics, glass, and dyeing and weaving that date back to between the Heian and Edo periods.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the museum building, which reflects a mixture of Japanese tradition and modernity, with wood and Japanese paper used in many parts of the structure.
Suntory Museum of Art is located inside Tokyo Midtown, a modern, integrated complex of shopping malls, offices and hotels. Tokyo Midtown is conveniently connected with the exits of Roppongi Station, served by the Oedo and Hibiya Subway Lines.
5.Sen-oku Hakuko Kan
This museum conserves and exhibits arts collected by the Sumitomo family, with its main building located in Shishiga-tani, Kyoto.
The collection is composed of various and diverse items, such as modern Japanese and Western paintings, modern pottery and chinaware, tea utensils, and Noh masks and costumes collected from the middle of the Meiji era to Taisho era.
Despite being in the middle of Roppongi, it is surrounded by greenery and is a quiet environment, which lets you forget about time and appreciate the arts to your heart's content.
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