4 Recommended Art Museums To Enjoy a Day in Roppongi

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  • Roppongi is a district famous for clubs and a place of choice for foreigners to hang out in. It is also infamous for troubles in the nightlife scene and as a rather dangerous place if you tend to get into fights easily. But it has a lot more than that: Roppongi has many facets to explore, one main aspect being art, since it is home to a number of nice museums. We have picked up the four best museums we would like to introduce to you.

    1. Mori Art Museum

    The world famous Mori Art Museum, located at the top of Mori Tower next to Roppongi Hills, should be on top of every art-tuned tourist’s to-see list. The upcoming exhibition is Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats, which will be held there from October 31st 2015 till March 6th 2016. Closed on Tuesdays, the museum is open from 10AM to 10PM.

    Mori Art Museum website

    2. The National Art Center, Tokyo


    Only 5 minutes on foot from Roppongi station, this museum is currently hosting a very rare exhibition: Niki de Saint Phalle, but only until December 14th, so better hurry not to miss that! It is open from 10Am to 6PM on weekdays, and closed on Tuesdays.

    The National Art Center website

    3. Suntory Museum of Art


    Located in Tokyo Midtown, this museum opened in 1961 and has since changed its initial concept from “Lifestyle Art” to “Connecting and Opening Up the Arts” with an emphasis on Japanese art such as Japanese paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, glassware, dyeing and weaving. And after you finished gazing upon the masterpieces, you can enjoy a stroll inside the shopping and restaurant complex of Midtown or just have a break at the green terrace in Gardenside.
    Working hours differ being either from 10AM to 6PM or 10AM to 8PM, so better check their website. Closed on Tuesdays.

    Suntory Museum of Art website

    4. 21_21 Design sight


    Outside of Tokyo Midtown’s building you will find 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in the Design Wing. With a more modern and futuristic approach, the museum’s concept is “everyday life”, and it features artists and designers like Frank Gehry (until Feb 7th 2016) and Miyake Issey Exhibition (Mar 16th – June 13th 2016).
    Open from 10AM to 7PM. Closed on Tuesdays.

    21_21 Design sight website

    There’s nothing better than spending a free day discovering modern and traditional arts from both Japan and overseas. Apart from amazing exhibitions the buildings that museums are located in also deserve special attention. Make sure to visit these four places and discover amazing architecture and arts!

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