Be smart about art: The best art venues in Tokyo

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18-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0033, Japan
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SBI Art Auction is the most exciting and progressive contemporary art auction in Japan! Held every 2-3 months at Daikanyama Hillside, the venue fills up with rooms of museum-quality art work anyone can browse for free. The artworks are all up for sale for their last highlighted auction day. People from around the world participate to bid, and anyone can watch the artworks soar up to the millions as a bystander. They take risks in promoting young emerging Japanese artists (a risk no other art auction house takes), where the starting prices are only about a few hundred USDs, and that's what keeps them fresh and unique! A must see!
Miki, 34 Artist
Cool Cousin Tokyo
SBI Art Auction
SBI Art Auction
Japan, 〒104-0061 東京都中央区Ginza, 5 Chome−4, 銀座5丁目4−1 8階
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I love their visual approaching such as advertisements, PR, posts on Instagram. But! Unfortunately, I can't afford to but a Barkin Bag :( So do you? You can enjoy their art gallery in Ginza instead. You'll discover the world of Hermès. Check out their website upon arrival to check the current exhibition. The building is also sophisticated - the slender with 13,000 custom-fabricated glass blocks, which designed by architect Renzo Piano. A small art gallery space is on the top floor.
Nozomi, 34 Graphic Designer
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Maison Hermès
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Japan, 〒104-0061 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza, 7 Chome−7, 中央区銀座7丁目7−2 DNP銀座ビル1F
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If you'd like to see the Japanese aesthetic sensibilities, you must go 'ggg'. (please check their website before you go as they sometimes choose an artist from abroad) The ggg is the only space specialising in graphic design. Monthly exhibitions focus on contemporary graphic design, showcasing the work of famous designers from Japan and overseas. The gallery is run by Dai Nippon Printing, one of Japan's largest printing companies.
Nozomi, 34 Graphic Designer
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Ginza Graphic Gallery
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2 Chome-12-2 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0031, Japan
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Some people might recognise what TOTO is - (Washlet!) They have an admission fee free gallery in Nogizaka (you can also reach from Roppongi). You will see various styles of exhibitions which range from internationally renowned architects to young artists.
Nozomi, 34 Graphic Designer
Cool Cousin Tokyo
TOTO Gallery·MA
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3 Chome-10-25 Yanaka, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0001, Japan
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HAGISO is a traditional Japanese house renovated into a cafe / dining room + designer shop + art gallery space. The beautiful gallery space is cozy but the high ceilings gives it a spacious feel, and the gallery is usually accompanied by very interesting exhibitions. There's a waiting line on the weekends, so expect a wait if you go during the popular hours. There are cute little java sparrows that will greet you on the way up the stairs. On the 2nd floor is a small designer shop and the hotel reception for HAGISO Hanare (Marukoshiso), which is a great place to stay if you plan to explore the Yanesen neighborhood. Also; free Wi-Fi, whoo-hoo!
Miki, 34 Artist
Cool Cousin Tokyo
HAGISO
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6 Chome-1-23 Yanaka, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0001, Japan
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SCAI The Bathhouse would be on my "Top 10 must see art galleries in Tokyo" that represent some of the Japanese contemporary artists that are well known, such as Kohei Nawa, Sputniko!, etc. The building is an old Japanese bath house renovated into an art gallery. The space is small and it won't take much time to go through the exhibit, so be sure to gallery hop around the area when you do visit. The curation is done very well, all exhibition materials are translated and ready in English.
Miki, 34 Artist
Cool Cousin Tokyo
SCAI The Bathhouse
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6 Chome-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021, Japan
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An old middle school renovated into a big art hub, 3331 Arts Chiyoda is filled with lots of interesting contemporary art galleries and creative offices. Aim for gallery opening nights & art events, where you'll be able to hop around the different galleries. There's a cafe and a restaurant if you want to chill between your art explorations and a small shop for artsy items. Their 3331 Library has the largest collection of free art & culture papers from all over Japan. There's artist residency programs, lectures, and workshops that revolve around art and the community, so there's always something interesting to see!
Miki, 34 Artist
Cool Cousin Tokyo
3331 Arts Chiyoda
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3 Chome-26-8 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001, Japan
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Design Festa hosts the largest art festival in Asia every year, but even if you can't visit that event, you can feel the energy it holds through their gallery in Harajuku. With changing murals & art exhibitions throughout the building, it's always fun to see what young creatives in Tokyo come up with. This has been the home to many artists starting out and testing the waters for their art. Don't forget to visit the 2nd floor exhibits, as well as their other gallery building right behind the adjacent restaurant, Sakuratei (which is also a great place to eat in groups). They have a cafe / bar you can chill at with free Wi-Fi within the gallery.
Miki, 34 Artist
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Design Festa Gallery
Design Festa Gallery
5 Chome-2-24 Yanaka, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0001, Japan
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Idaten is a beautiful ceramic gallery / shop in a Japanese traditional house. The space has such a peaceful vibe with friendly staff, and if you're lucky, you'll get to see the basement that only opens for special gallery events.
Miki, 34 Artist
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Ida Tian
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5 Chome-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-0071, Japan
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Originally built in the Art Deco style in 1933 to be the residence of Prince Asaka, this museum is also known for its tranquil garden of lush greenery. Inside, Japanese design fuses with the creations of French artists — such as glasswork by René Lalique and wall paintings by Henri Rapin — to magnificent effect. The gallery was reopened in 2014 and Hiroshi Sugimoto, a contemporary artist, was appointed as advisor for the new White Cube gallery space in the annex building. The museum is the embodiment of harmony between architecture, old and new, and a mix of international cultures.
Kyoko, 40 Entrepreneur & Temple Enthusiast
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Satoshi Yoshikawa
Japan, 〒106-6108 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 6 Chome−53−階 港区 六本木 6丁目 10 1 六本木ヒルズ森タワ
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Housed in the Roppongi Hills complex, the Mori Art Museum not only showcases modern to intriguing exhibits but also offers a good view of the city (up on the 52nd floor). You can purchase one ticket to see the view and look at the exhibits in the museum. Be sure to visit on a nice, clear sunny day to get a good view of Tokyo's skyline. There's a lot of food choices around, from the fancy Joel Robuchon and dining options at Grand Hyatt Hotel to casual food options on the sixth floor or basement levels of Roppongi Hills.
Jen, 43 Marketer and Adventurous Mom
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Mori Art Museum
EXPO Alitalia / Etihad Pavilion
Japan, 〒107-0062 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Minamiaoyama, 1 Chome−24, 東京都港区南青山1丁目24−3 TOTO乃木坂ビル
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This museum is for architecture! There are famous architectural models! I want you to watch one of the presentations, they're great and fascinating!
Izuru, 25 Tennis Instructor
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Gallery Ma
Tomoki Nakamura
3 Chome-7-6 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001, Japan
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Small, but well-curated contemporary museum.
Yu, 33 CEO of BnA, an Art Hotel Collective
Cool Cousin Tokyo
Watarium Art Museum
Reach
Japan, 〒150-0002 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 2 Chome−17−3 渋谷アイビスビルB2F
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Contemporary art gallery in Shibuya. They always have shows worth a visit.
Yu, 33 CEO of BnA, an Art Hotel Collective
Cool Cousin Tokyo
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