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Tokyo has established itself on the global art scene with a vibrant network of artists, galleries, and institutions that reflect its distinct position between centuries-old tradition and future-oriented technology. Whether you're looking to see traditional paintings or avant-garde installations, emerging talent or established artists, our Tokyo Art Guide filters through the noise to bring you the best of the city.

Autumn and spring are the best times to visit, and not only for the weather—Tokyo Art Week launches in early November, while Art Fair Tokyo graces the city in March. Essential stops for any art lover include the Roppongi and Shibuya districts where major galleries congregate. More gems are to be found in the lively Harajuku district, among other places.

Galleries in Roppongi and Beyond

Reputed for its booming nightlife, skyscrapers, and cultural scene, Roppongi district is home to many of Tokyo's independent and commercial galleries.

Established blue chip gallery Perrotin, who represents internationally recognised artists including Takashi Murakami and Park Seo-Bo, is located in the Piramide mall alongside Ota Fine Arts, Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Wako Works of Art, and SCAI Piramide.

Since 1994, Ota Fine Arts has introduced exceptional talent to Japan's contemporary art scene, and represents many renowned artists including Yayoi Kusama. In recent years the gallery has opened additional spaces in Shanghai and Singapore, expanding its roster to include artists from wider Asia such as Guo-Liang Tan and Chen Wei.

Tucked in the back streets of Roppongi Hills is complex665 (Roppongi Art Complex), opened in 2016. The space houses a trio of modern galleries that bring fresh perspectives to contemporary art: Tomio Koyama Gallery, ShugoArts, and Taka Ishii Gallery.

Launched in 2000, ShugoArts supports both young and established artists, from Ritsue Mishima to Yasumasa Morimura and Lee Kit.

Since opening in 1996, Tomio Koyama Gallery has backed local and international talent such as Kishio Suga, Mika Ninagawa, and Richard Tuttle.

Across its three Tokyo spaces, Taka Ishii Gallery highlights contemporary art and photography, with represented artists including Jadé Fadojutimi, Takashi Ishida, and Luke Fowler.

Taro Nasu returned to Roppongi in 2019, opening a new space designed by Mount Fuji Architects. Since 1998, the gallery has presented works from both Japanese and international artists, with its current roster including Omer Fast, Lawrence Weiner, and Ryoji Ikeda, among others.

Nearby in Higashiazabu, Take Ninagawa has promoted cross-generational Japanese and international contemporary art since 2008. The gallery pushes against aesthetic and ideological boundaries, as noted in their exhibitions by Shinro Ohtake, Danh Vo, and Wang Bing.

In the historic Edo-period Kagurazaka is √K Contemporary (Root K Contemporary), a contemporary gallery with an offering that spans traditional, post-war, and contemporary art. Established in 2020, √K Contemporary has already drawn significant attention with exhibitions by Hiroshi Fujimatsu and Tadashi Sugimata.

Founded by Takashi Murakami, Kaikai Kiki Gallery seeks to bring new perspectives to Japan's contemporary art scene. The gallery exhibits artists such as Virgil Abloh, Chiho Aoshima, Shin Murata, and Aya Takano.

Shibuya Galleries

Tokyo's financial hub Shibuya sites some of the city's most innovative galleries. Breaking away from traditional aesthetic parameters is NANZUKA, formerly known as Nanzuka Underground. The gallery represents a wide range of international artists, from Wahab Saheed to Toshio Saeki.

Located inside a former bathhouse building over 200 years old is SCAI The Bathhouse, with an eclectic roster that includes Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Anish Kapoor, and Jenny Holzer.

MAKI Gallery represents a host of new and established Japanese artists, often with distinct treatment of topic, or use of medium, not limited to Shunsuke Kano's photographs built into objects and surfaces and Nao Osada's mixed-media inquiries into experience and perception.

Blum & Poe opened their Harajuku gallery in 2014. Including a publishing division and broadcasting network, Blum & Poe Tokyo represents cult names including Lynda Benglis, Yoshitomo Nara, and Kenjirō Okazaki.

A landmark in the affluent Ginza district, Whitestone Gallery has represented generations of post-war modernists since 1967, including Gutai group founder Jirō Yoshihara.

Located inside the Treeness House is Misako & Rosen, a gallery with a collaborative approach that seeks alternatives to existing commercial practices. Its local and international representations include Hisachika Takahashi, Vincent Fecteau, and Margaret Lee.

Near the Tennozu Isle Station is the Terrada Art Complex houses numerous leading galleries, including KOSAKU KANECHIKA, ANOMALY, and Yukiko Mizutani.

Founded in 2017, KOSAKU KANECHIKA's celebrates Japanese contemporary artists whose practices combine tradition with modernity. Notable represented artists include Junko Oki, Yutaka Aoki, and Takuro Kuawata.

Also situated within the Terrada Art Complex site are secondary gallery spaces such as SCAI Park and ShugoArts Studio, as well as artist studios, a garden, and a café.

√K Contemporary contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
√K Contemporary Current Exhibition:
Nankoku Hidai
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Blum & Poe contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Blum & Poe Current Exhibition:
ooido syoujou
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KOSAKU KANECHIKA contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Current Exhibition:
Noritaka Tatehana
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MAKI, Omotesando contemporary art gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
MAKI, Omotesando Current Exhibition:
Brian Harte
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MAKI, Tennoz contemporary art gallery in Tennoz, Tokyo, Japan
MAKI, Tennoz Current Exhibition:
Brian Harte
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Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Perrotin Upcoming Exhibition:
Daniel Arsham
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SCAI PIRAMIDE contemporary art gallery in SCAI PIRAMIDE, Tokyo, Japan
SCAI PIRAMIDE Current Exhibition:
Mitsuko Miwa
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SCAI The Bathhouse contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
SCAI The Bathhouse Current Exhibition:
Mitsuko Miwa
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ShugoArts contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
ShugoArts Current Exhibition:
Yoriko Takabatake
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Taro Nasu contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Taro Nasu Upcoming Exhibition:
Ryoji Ikeda
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Yumiko Chiba Associates contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Yumiko Chiba Associates Current Exhibition:
Yamashiro Chikako, Takano Ryudai
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Each November, Tokyo Art Week provides an excellent opportunity to explore the city's galleries over four days. Gathering leading museums, galleries, and art spaces, the event showcases the diversity of Japan's contemporary art scene throughout the city's neighbourhoods.

First held in 2009, Roppongi Art Night generates an unforgettable experience that combines contemporary art, design, music, film, and performance. Its 2022 iteration saw the installation of a 32-foot inflatable Doraemon by Takashi Murakami at Roppongi Hills Arena.

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Tokyo Contemporary Institutions

Tokyo's museums and institutions offer an exceptional arts and culture experience. Explore our selection of the best spaces to visit.

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Offering up a multitude of notable institutions, Tokyo's bustling metropolitan area is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Yayoi Kusama Museum, and Yumiko Chiba Associates.

Located in the heart of Kiba Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo boasts a collection of around 5,500 works of art. It also houses the Art Library, with a collection of 270,000 books and publications.

In Shinjuku, the Yayoi Kusama Museum brings together works by the eponymous Japanese artist, with the aim of developing contemporary art and fostering art engagement of people from creative communities around the world.

Also in Shinjuku you will find Yumiko Chiba Associates (YCA), a contemporary gallery born out of an artist management office in 1998. YCA provides a space for both established emerging artists, hosting a variety of exhibitions by artists including Jiro Takamatsu and Masafumi Maita.

One of Tokyo's largest museums, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) opened in 1952 to encourage public interest in modern art. MOMAT is home to a rich collection of 20th-century and post-war Japanese art, and also houses the Kōgeikan Crafts Gallery.

In the heart of Roppongi is the National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) which offers a broad programme of exhibitions, workshops, and talks. The building's futuristic rippled glass facade is an iconic part of Tokyo's impressive skyline, designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. While NACT does not maintain a permanent collection, it has held major exhibitions featuring works byLee Ufan, Yayoi Kusama, and Man Ray.

Other highlights include the Mori Art Museum, a space dedicated to showcasing the best of international contemporary art, as well as Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT.

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Ocula Advisory on Tokyo

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Artists on Show in Tokyo

In any given week, you can see the works of some of the world's most exciting artists in Tokyo. Here you will find a selection of artists whose works are currently on show in the city.

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Tokyo has propelled the careers of Japanese and international artists, with its renowned galleries and museums providing a global stage for seminal exhibitions. Artists who have recently held major exhibitions in the city include Lee Ufan, Rika Noguchi, Kenjiro Okazaki, and Yayoi Kusama.

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2012.08.12 #b30 (Daily Snapshots) by Takano Ryudai contemporary artwork photography
Takano Ryudai 2012.08.12 #b30 (Daily Snapshots), 2012 Type c-print
140 x 94 cm
Yumiko Chiba Associates Contact Gallery
The Body of Condonement No.13 by Yamashiro Chikako contemporary artwork photography
Yamashiro Chikako The Body of Condonement No.13, 2012 Lambda print
70 x 50 cm
Yumiko Chiba Associates Contact Gallery
Noritaka Tatehana x Mokumeganeya   Heel-less Shoes by Noritaka Tatehana contemporary artwork sculpture
Noritaka Tatehana Noritaka Tatehana x Mokumeganeya Heel-less Shoes, 2022 Dyed cowhide, mokume-gane zipper pull(18K gold, sterling silver), metal fastener
26.8 x 8.8 x 20.8 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
2011.09.29.bw.#a16 (Photo-Graph) by Takano Ryudai contemporary artwork photography
Takano Ryudai 2011.09.29.bw.#a16 (Photo-Graph), 2011 Gelatin silver print
140 x 94 cm
Yumiko Chiba Associates Contact Gallery
64-10 by Nankoku Hidai contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Nankoku Hidai 64-10, 1964 Ink on paper
√K Contemporary Contact Gallery
Noritaka Tatehana x Kinkarakami Institute  Heel-less Shoes by Noritaka Tatehana contemporary artwork sculpture
Noritaka Tatehana Noritaka Tatehana x Kinkarakami Institute Heel-less Shoes, 2022 Dyed cowhide, kinkarakawashi(gold embossed wallpaper), metal fastener
42 x 9.8 x 23 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery
Untitled by Florian Maier-Aichen contemporary artwork print
Florian Maier-Aichen Untitled, 2022 C-print
124.5 x 156.9 x 4 cm
Blum & Poe Contact Gallery
CAVE/yellow earth, red iron oxide by Yoriko Takabatake contemporary artwork painting
Yoriko Takabatake CAVE/yellow earth, red iron oxide, 2022 Plaster, earth, pigment, PVA, acrylic, canvas, panel
116.5 x 80.5 cm
ShugoArts Contact Gallery

As a metropolis that boasts a population short of 14 million inhabitants, Tokyo has an extremely rich contemporary art scene. The capital of cool has been home to Art Fair Tokyo since 1992, showcasing leading Japanese and global galleries.

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Tokyo's Galleries and Museums

Scattered around Tokyo's metropolitan area are notable galleries and art museums, from Nanzuka in Shibuya special ward to Blum & Poe in the Harajuku district, Perrotin in Minato City, and √K Contemporary in the Edo-period Kagurazaka area.

Districts in Tokyo are well-known for their clusters of independent and commercial art galleries. In Roppongi, the Piramide building houses leading galleries such as Ota Fine Arts, Wako Works of Art, and Yutaka Kikutake Gallery.

Nearby, a triad of influential art galleries including Taka Ishii Gallery, Tomio Koyama Gallery, and ShugoArts are located inside Complex 665, which opened in 2016. A few blocks down the road, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film is found in the Axis building.

Nestled together inside TERRADA Art Complex, near Tennōzu Isle, are prominent galleries such as KOSAKU KANECHIKA, ANOMALY, and YUKIKOMIZUTANI. SCAI The Bathhouse, whose main gallery space is in Yanaka, opened SCAI PARK in the complex in 2017.


Shibuya-based MAKI Gallery specialises in post-war and contemporary Japanese art with a focus on emerging artists. Taro Nasu, a contemporary gallery with a robust exhibition programme nearby, represents both Japanese and international artists.

Art Triangle Roppongi

While largely known as a popular nightlife district, Roppongi gained a reputation as a cultural centre following the development of Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. Three of Tokyo's largest museums are located in the area: Mori Art Museum, Suntory Museum of Art, and The National Art Center. Collectively, they are known as Art Triangle Roppongi or ATRO.

Below the 54th-floor observation deck of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower—one of the tallest buildings in the city—is Mori Art Museum. The institution's internationally acclaimed art exhibitions include a 2018 outdoor installation of Louise Bourgeois' bronze-cast spider Maman (1999) at 66 Plaza, facing Mori Tower.

Further southeast is Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in the Ebisu district, while Meguro Museum of Art and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum frame the Meguro River from both sides in the Meguro district.

With an astounding selection of museums, commercial galleries, and artist-run spaces spread around an ever-changing city, Tokyo is decidedly exhilarating and challenging to explore.

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