DO AN ART CRAWL

tokyo

  • Visit an art museum displaying big name Japanese and international artists
  • Drop in on an elegant traditional museum to watch a customary tea ceremony
  • Catch up on modern and contemporary art while getting a few design souvenirs




Glitzy Roppongi may be home to two of the city’s most upmarket shopping complexes (Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown), but there’s more to the area than retail therapy. Begin your art crawl at the Mori Art Museum, located on the 53rd floor of the Mori Tower. One of the biggest players in Tokyo’s art scene, it’s the setting for several big-name contemporary art exhibitions a year, both Japanese and international (Takashi Murakami was a highlight of 2015, with his autumn exhibition). Next stop: 21_21 Design Sight, a family-friendly design museum housed in a sleek concrete building by Tadao Ando on the perfectly manicured grounds of Tokyo Midtown. Take a snack break at Parc (the café inside Japanese design store Idée, on the third floor of Tokyo Midtown) before heading to the nearby Suntory Museum of Art on the same level. The elegant contemporary architecture of Kengo Kuma—all latticed light wood and shafts of light—immediately transports visitors to a carefully curated world of traditional Japanese artifacts, from tea-ceremony implements to 19th-century pottery. (Try to schedule your visit to coincide with their tea ceremony, which takes place every other day.) Last stop? The National Art Center Tokyo, which stages major exhibitions focusing on modern and contemporary art. The museum is worth a visit for its gift store Souvenir From Tokyo alone; it stocks oodles of stylish Japanese design pieces.













It’s just a 10 minute cab ride to Roppongi Hills; on the way you’ll pass the busy streets of central Toyko. Once you get there, make your way through the oasis of the Mohri Garden, heading past the sculpture on display and towards the tower.

MORI ART MUSEUM: Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-5777-8600; mori.art.museum/eng/index

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT: Tokyo Midtown (gardens), 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-3475-2121; 2121designsight.jp/en/​

​IDÉE CAFÉ PARC: Tokyo Midtown, Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-5413-3454; idee.co.jp

SUNTORY MUSEUM OF ART: Tokyo Midtown, Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minatoku; +81-(0)3-3479-8600; suntory.com/sma

THE NATIONAL ART CENTER TOKYO: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial); nact.jp/english​​​/index












DO AN ART CRAWL

DO AN ART CRAWL

tokyo

  • Visit an art museum displaying big name Japanese and international artists
  • Drop in on an elegant traditional museum to watch a customary tea ceremony
  • Catch up on modern and contemporary art while getting a few design souvenirs




Glitzy Roppongi may be home to two of the city’s most upmarket shopping complexes (Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown), but there’s more to the area than retail therapy. Begin your art crawl at the Mori Art Museum, located on the 53rd floor of the Mori Tower. One of the biggest players in Tokyo’s art scene, it’s the setting for several big-name contemporary art exhibitions a year, both Japanese and international (Takashi Murakami was a highlight of 2015, with his autumn exhibition). Next stop: 21_21 Design Sight, a family-friendly design museum housed in a sleek concrete building by Tadao Ando on the perfectly manicured grounds of Tokyo Midtown. Take a snack break at Parc (the café inside Japanese design store Idée, on the third floor of Tokyo Midtown) before heading to the nearby Suntory Museum of Art on the same level. The elegant contemporary architecture of Kengo Kuma—all latticed light wood and shafts of light—immediately transports visitors to a carefully curated world of traditional Japanese artifacts, from tea-ceremony implements to 19th-century pottery. (Try to schedule your visit to coincide with their tea ceremony, which takes place every other day.) Last stop? The National Art Center Tokyo, which stages major exhibitions focusing on modern and contemporary art. The museum is worth a visit for its gift store Souvenir From Tokyo alone; it stocks oodles of stylish Japanese design pieces.













It’s just a 10 minute cab ride to Roppongi Hills; on the way you’ll pass the busy streets of central Toyko. Once you get there, make your way through the oasis of the Mohri Garden, heading past the sculpture on display and towards the tower.

MORI ART MUSEUM: Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-5777-8600; mori.art.museum/eng/index

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT: Tokyo Midtown (gardens), 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-3475-2121; 2121designsight.jp/en/​

​IDÉE CAFÉ PARC: Tokyo Midtown, Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-5413-3454; idee.co.jp

SUNTORY MUSEUM OF ART: Tokyo Midtown, Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minatoku; +81-(0)3-3479-8600; suntory.com/sma

THE NATIONAL ART CENTER TOKYO: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku; +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial); nact.jp/english​​​/index