Sabine Heller’s Insider Guide to Tokyo: To Do

Thu, 2 April 2015
Meiji Shrine Tokyo

To Do

Gallery Koyanagi

An exquisite concrete space designed by Hiroshi Sugimoto, this gallery is owned by Atsuko Koyanagi (his wife), who was instrumental in bringing together young gallerists to kick-start the city’s contemporary art scene in the 1990s. In addition to regular exhibitions by some of the world’s top artists, including Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, and Sugimoto, the gallery represents a roster of Japan’s most promising young talents.

  • +81 3 3561 1896
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  • Koyanagi Building 8F
    1-7-5 Ginza Chuo-ku
    Tokyo
    104-0061

Gallery Q

The closet-sized Gallery Q features provocative work by emerging Asian artists.

  • +81 3 3535 2524
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  • Kusumoto 17th Building 3F
    1-14-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku
    Tokyo

Mizuma Gallery

In Nakameguro, Mizuma Gallery promotes a stable of hot Japanese painters and photographers, including Makato Aida, Izima Kaoru, Akira Yamaguci, and Tomoko Konoike.

  • +81 3 3268 2500
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  • 2F Kagura Building
    3-13 Ichigayatamachi Shinjuku-ku
    Tokyo
    162-0843

Scai the Bathhouse

SCAI the Bathhouse has a similar and equally strong roster.

  • +81 3 3821 1144
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  • Kashiwayu-Ato
    6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku
    Tokyo
    110-0001

The Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine should be the first stop of any Tokyo neophyte. Its 175 forested acres are a magical oasis just steps from hyperactive Shibuya, enclosing a Shinto shrine and lovely gardens. Weekend afternoons are the best time to visit, when parents bring kimono-clad toddlers and extended families pose for formal wedding portraits.

Hara Museum

The superb Hara Museum boasts a permanent collection of international contemporary art and consistently strong shows in a charming 1920s residence.

  • +81 3 3445 0651
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  • 4-7-25 Kitashinagawa
    Shinagawa-ku
    Tokyo
    140-0001

Mori Art Museum

The MOMA-affiliated museum is located on the 53rd floor of an immense skyscraper. Mori’s appeal isn’t limited to its excellent program of international exhibitions and high-tech installations; it also connects to the Tokyo City View skydeck, providing breathtaking 360 views of the city and a champagne bar.

  • +81 3 5777 8600
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  • 6-10-1 Roppongi
    Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Minato-ku
    Tokyo
    106-6153

Tokyo National Museum

For a more traditional experience, visit the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest and largest museum in the city, with over 89,000 items on view.

  • +81 3 5405 8686
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  • 13-9 Ueno Park
    Taito-ku
    Tokyo
    110-8712

Nezu Institute

To experience a few moments of serenity during an Aoyama shopping spree, stop by the Nezu Institute whose small but exquisite collection of traditional art and ceramics is surrounded by tranquil terraced gardens.

  • +81 3 3400 2436
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  • 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama
    Minato-ku
    Tokyo
    107-0062

Kokugikan Stadium

Ask your concierge if sumo tournaments are in session at the Kogugikan stadium, and request box seats (actually floor pads for sitting cross legged on a private platform) for an unmissable experience complete with bento boxes and tea service.

Gallery Koyanagi

Gallery Q

Mizuma Gallery

Scai the Bathhouse

The Meiji Shrine

Hara Museum

Mori Art Museum

Tokyo National Museum

Nezu Institute

Kokugikan Stadium

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