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10 Awesome Tokyo Art Galleries

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In a giant metropolis like Tokyo, you better believe the art scene is hopping! In addition to world class museums, Tokyo is home to an incredible collection of galleries where visitors can get in touch with the local art community. If you're ready to dive in to the wonderful world of art in Tokyo, these galleries are an excellent place to start.

10. Okuno Building

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The Okuno building was built in 1932, originally intended as a luxury apartment complex. Miraculously, it survived the bombings of World War II and the building boom of the '80s, and still stands as the second oldest building in Ginza, and one of the oldest buildings in the area. It now functions as a collection of art galleries, artist studios and shops, which is appropriate, since the building looks like a work of art itself! Inside are exceptionally narrow halls and short ceilings. The collections are eclectic and interesting. Another fun part of the building is the manually operated elevator. The Okuno Building offers an experience in itself. It’s definitely a place you won’t want to miss while in Tokyo.

9. 3331 Arts Chiyoda

This expansive art and culture center has workshops, galleries and a café. It was formerly a school that has since been turned into an art center, and it still helps educate people by building a sense of community and awareness. Arts Chiyoda has four floors of exhibition space and workshop facilities. Visitors can enter to connect with other artistic-minded people or simply to view the exhibitions. It is a unique space where creative-minded people from all over the world can come together. 3331 Arts Chiyoda is located in downtown Tokyo, in the vibrant Kanda area.

8. Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art works to promote international exchange through contemporary art. The museum is in the Kitashinagawa, and the building was originally built as a private home of Meiji Period (1868-1912) industrialist Kunizo Hara. The Hara Museum has about three or four exhibitions every year. It is a unique venue with a variety of events like lectures, performances, workshops and other educational activities.

7. Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo has inspirational art and edgy exhibitions. It was opened in 1995 in Kiba Park, and as the name implies, this is one of the best places to go for those who enjoy contemporary art. There is both local and international art for viewers to enjoy. As with modern art anywhere, the message of the artist either resonates with you as a viewer or it doesn’t, so enjoyment of the museum often depends on what is currently being displayed. Regardless, it is enjoyable to take a walk through the museum and see what’s there. The building itself is really beautiful and peaceful as well.

6. IMA Gallery

The IMA Gallery in Tokyo is dedicated to photography. It showcases rotating exhibits that aim to inspire audiences. The gallery is part of the IMA Concept Store, which also has a café and a bookstore. IMA represents photography and its developments throughout history, especially as technology has rapidly changed and transformed our media environment. The IMA Gallery inspires audiences to interact with artists and dive into a world of creative possibilities. The exhibition space is small, and the coffee in the café is tasty. The IMA Concept Store is definitely worth a stop for those interested in photography, or if you're hopping around Roppongi.

5. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is a museum that focuses entirely on photography. It was founded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the museum itself supports creative activities, regularly recognizing artists with potential. They collect, display, preserve, study and popularize all aspects of photography. The museum also has a movie theater for guests to enjoy additional insights. Although small, it offers the chance to study and appreciate outstanding photographic works. Even if you’re just walking by, on the outside of the building are three large photographs that are stunning!

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