Fall 2021, Tokyo Exhibitions to See
We have updated our most loved exhibitions this fall, from art and design to science for you and the family. Despite the SEO being extended until the end of September there are some great museum exhibits. Don’t miss the Tokyo Art Studio’s second group exhibition, the nature of things, which is free for families to attend – 9 Japan-based artists!
Make sure to reserve your tickets online where necessary! Have fun and be safe!
1. Tokyo Art Studio (Minami Azabu) - the nature of things (September 25 - October 4, 2021)
We proudly present our second group show, the nature of things, which features nine artists with strong roots in Japan. This presentation demonstrates the artistic interpretation of what nature is, as displayed in the context of each artist. Through the play of natural elements, material movement, and bodies in motion our artists express their joys of sight through these processes.
Open Hours: 25 September – 4 October 2021, 11:00-18:30 (Friday, 1 October until 20:00)
VIP Reception: 24 September 2021, 16:00-20:00
Location: Tokyo Art Studio is located at Unit 102, 3-17-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Register for your FREE tickets here.
2. Edo-Tokyo Museum (Sumida-ku) - Splendors of Edo: Rites of the Samurai, Festivals of the Merchants (until September 20, 2021)
Our entire family loves visit the permanent exhibit a the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This summer you can also enjoy the special exhibit about festivals in old Edo. The exhibits will explain the rights and rituals of both the merchant and samurai classes. A great exhibit this summer when many festivals have been canceled.
Exhibit Dates: Sat, July 10th – Mon, September 20, 2021
Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
Hours: Monday closed; Tuesday – Sunday 9:30 – 17:30 *If a public holiday, the following day is closed instead. Year End and New Year Holiday. Closed Dec 29-Jan 3 for New Years
Cost: Special Exhibit and Permanent exhibit combo ticket is Adult: ¥1,200, People aged 65 or over: ¥500, University Students ¥920; Students Junior high school & High school: ¥500; Under Junior high school:Free
Permanent exhibit: Adult: ¥600, People aged 65 or over: ¥300, University Students ¥480; Students Junior high school & High school: ¥300; Under Junior high school:Free
The permanent exhibition admission fee for adults who live in Tokyo and are accompanied by children 18 years old or younger is half price on the third Saturday and Sunday of every month (Family Days) (up to two adults). The discount may not apply to special exhibitions. Please check in advance.
Access: 1 min walk from the Ryogkoku Stations on the Oedo subway line or 3 min walk from the Ryogoku station (West Exit) on the JR Sobu Line
3. Mori Art Museum (Roppongi) – Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World (April 22 – September 26, 2021)
Recent years have witnessed growing moves worldwide to right inequalities around aspects of identity such as gender, race, ethnicity, and beliefs, and attach greater value to diversity. Also in contemporary art for the past decade or so, attention has turned increasingly to female artists who began their contemporary art careers between the 1950s and 1970s and continue to stay active as artists today.
Another Energy focuses on 16 of these female artists in their 70s or older, from across the globe, who continue to embark on new challenges. Ranging in ages 71-105 with their careers spanning over 50 years, they are originally from 14 different countries, and equally diverse in their current locations. Nonetheless, what these women share regardless of recognition or evaluation by art museums and the art market is a determination to pursue their own distinctive creative path with unshakable conviction in different environments, and in changing times.
Exhibit Dates: April 22 (Thurs) – September 26 (Sun), 2021; closed Mondays
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Admission: 21:30）* 10:00-17:00 on Tuesdays (Last Admission: 16:30)
Address: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower) (google maps)
Admission: Adults 2,000 yen, Students (University / High school) 1,300 yen, Children (Ages 4 through Junior High School Students) 700 yen, Seniors (Ages 65 and over) 1,700 yen
4. Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – Genko Yokoo Tanadori (July 17 – October 17, 2021)
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo was opened in March 1995 in Kiba Park, to the East of Sumida River, as a center for the systematic study, collection, preservations, and display of contemporary art, focusing primarily on postwar Japanese art, but encompassing a wide range o subjects from here and abroad.
Exhibit Dates: July 17 (Fri) – October 17 (Sun), 2021
Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022 Japan (google map)
Hours: Closed Monday, Open 10:00 – 18:00
Admission: Price depends on the exhibit, however usually Adults ¥1,200-1,500 / University ¥800-900, HS ¥500, Jr. HS and under may enter for free. Each exhibit is charge separately. I recommend buying the combo ticket to save 500-1,000 yen.
- 9 min. walk from B2 exit, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line
- 13 min. walk from A3 exit, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station, Toei Oedo Line
- 15 min. walk from Exit No. 3, Kiba Station, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
- 15 min. walk from A4 exit, Kikukawa Station, Toei Shinjuku Line
5. National Museum of Nature and Science – Plants: Mainstay of the Planet – (July 10 – September 20, 2021)
Very cool exhibit that explains some amazing and HUGE plants to kids and adults. If you love nature and the unusual, your will enjoy this exhibit. Reservations for ticket can be made here.
Address: 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Days and Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays); 9:00 – 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Admission: Special exhibit adults ¥1,900 yen, and ¥600 yen for children (elementary to highs chool) Ticket reservations.
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit), 10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station, or 10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station
6. Yayoi Kasuma Museum (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – Midway Between Mystery and Symbol: Yayoi Kusama’s Monochrome – (April 29 – Sunday, December 26, 2021)
Yayoi Kusama began her creative career as an artist by depicting the hallucinations she experienced in her childhood, as a means to overcome her fears. Since then, Kusama has continued to produce works using these visions of her hallucinations and inner world. Yayoi Kusama is know for her bright color usage and patterns, however from the late 1950-mid-60’s she made many pieces that were monochrome. This exhibit exhibits many of her monochrome pieces and also single color elements. A very interesting show to see a unique selection of work.
Exhibit Dates: April 29 – December 26 (Sun), 2021
Address: 107 Bentencho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0851 (Google Map)
Hours: Thursday- Monday 11:00-17:30 (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
Tickets: Adults ¥1,00o, Elementary and Junior High ¥600, Reserve here. No tickets are sold at the door. You must buy beforehand.
Access: 9 min walk from Waseda Sation on the Tozai Line, or 8 min walk from the Ushigome-yanagicho Station on the Oedo Line
7. 21-21 DESIGN SIGHT (Roppongi) – Exhibition "Rules?" – ルール (July 2 – November 28, 2021)
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is holding the exhibition “Rules / ルール” this summer and fall. A fascinating show about how signage, and design communicate the rules of society. How society creates rules and designs with and around them. For both rules flowers and breakers. Timing is interesting with the global focused on the Olympics right now.
21_21 Design Sight is a museum in Roppongi in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, which opened in 2007. The museum, a design museum, was created by architect Tadao Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake.
Check out our other recommended attractions and restaurants around Roppongi and Midtown.
Address:21-21 DESIGN SIGHT. 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Open: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 11:00 – 20:00（Entrance until 19:30）
Admission: Adults ¥1,200 / University ¥800, HS ¥500, Jr. HS and under may enter for free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line
8. National Art Center Tokyo (Roppongi)
Everything that the National Art Center Tokyo shows is always wonderful, but this time check out their special exhibition about Hideaki Anno.
Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558 (google map)
Open: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 10:00 – 18:00; Friday nights open until 20:00 – entrance until 19:00. Closed over New Year’s Holiday
Admission: Adults ¥1,700 / University ¥1,200, HS ¥800, Jr. HS and under may enter for free
Access: 2 min walk from Exit 6 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line; 5 min walk from Exit 7 at Roppongi Nation on the Hibiya or Oedo Lines