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A Select Guide to Tokyo Events and Kyoto Events--Updated April 14, 2014

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Kome: the Art of Rice An exhibition exploring just what rice is beyond as a grain for food. February 27 - June 15, 2014
1,000 yen for adults, free for under-12 y.o.
11am - 8pm (entry until 7:30pm). Open every day except Tuesdays. At Tokyo Midtown.

Bridgestone Museum of Art
CLOSED APRIL 14-25, 2014
Chinese-Style Dresses - From Fujishima Takeji to Umehara Ryuzaburo Paintings from the turn of the 20th century by Western-style Japanese painters of Chinese women in traditional dress, portraying Chinese women as they dressed in the second decade of the twentieth century. April 26 - July 21, 2014 Tue - Sat 10am-8pm (till 6pm Sat & public holidays)
800 yen for adults (100 yen discount coupon available on gallery website).
In Kyobashi, 5 mins walk east of Tokyo Station.
Google Map to the Bridgestone Museum of Art
Read more about the Bridgestone Museum of Art

The Bunkamura Museum of Art

Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli : The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman A Bunkamura 25th anniversary exhibition featuring works from one of Europe's most famous private collections, showing European art from the Renaissance to the 19th century.April 4 - May 25, 2014. 1,400 for adults.
See what's on now in the Bunkamura Galleries (Bunkamura Gallery, Bunkamura Box Gallery, Bunkamura Wall Gallery): featuring a variety of typically week-long exhibitions of solo Japan artists. Entry free.
In Shibuya. B1 floor of Bunkamura. 10am to 7:30pm

Design Festa Gallery
A bohemian gallery in two locations (Gallery East and Gallery West - less than a block from each other) in Tokyo's Harajuku street fashion district, with numerous short-running exhibitions by up and coming young artists. Has a bar & cafe too. Design Festa Gallery exhibition schedule. 11am-8pm daily. Also, see Tokyo Big Sight below for details of the upcoming Design Festa Vol.39

Edo-Tokyo Museum
Inside Edo: Scenes from an Old Asian City Edo - the historical incarnation the city now know as Tokyo: what was this city, one of the biggest in the world, like? In particular, what was it like in the context of other Asian cities of the time? March 18 - May 11, 2014. 1,300 yen for adults, or 1,520 yen including general Museum exhibition.
9.30am - 5.30pm (till 7.30pm Sat) Closed Mondays.
In Ryogoku. 03 3626 9974. Regular entrance fee, 600 yen for adults. More about the Edo-Tokyo Museum

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Nicolas Buffe, The Dream of Polifilo April 19 - June 29, 2014
11am - 5pm (Wed. 11am - 8pm, except when Wednesday is a public holiday: 11am - 5pm).
Closed Mondays, except when Monday is a public holiday (in which case closed Tuesday). Near Shinagawa Station. 03 3445 0651. 1,000 yen for adults.
Google Map to the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Discover the Beauty of Japan IX: Fascination with Japanese Painting An overview of Japanese art throughout the ages. April 5 - May 6 , 2014. 1,000 yen for adults
10am - 5 pm (Fri. 10am - 7pm). Closed Mondays. 1,000 yen for adults. On the 9th floor of the Teigeki Building in Marunouchi. 03 5777 8600 (Hello Dial General Information).
Google Map to the Idemitsu Museum of Arts

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art
Re-Collection Vol. 3: Takeo Yamaguchi Works by the highly influential Korean-born Japanese abstract artist, Takeo Yamaguchi (1902-83). January 2 - June 29, 2014
631 Sakado, Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture, 9:30am - 5pm (last admission 4:30pm) (Closed Mondays.) Tel. 043 498 2672.
An hour and a half out of Tokyo. 900 yen for adults.

Matsuoka Museum of Art
Enjoy Life, Enjoy Paris A best-of exhibition of the eclectic Matsuoka Museum art collection, featuring Western works that reflect the founder's passion for art collecting. Commemorating 120 years since the birth of the founder, Seijiro Matsuoka (1894-1989) April 20 - September 28, 2014
 Shirokanedai, Tokyo, 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays.) Tel. 03 3822 1111. 800 yen for adults.
Read more about the Matsuoka Museum of Art

Mizuma Art Gallery
Tsutsui Shinsuke Exhibition Hundreds of small, colorful, evocative paintings in oils, pastels and wax by the artist, Shinsaku Tsutui (b.1968). April 30 - May 31, 2014
Ichigaya, Tokyo, 11am-7pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays). 03 3268 2500.
Readmore about the Mizuma Art Gallery

Mori Art Museum
Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal An exhibition of the works of Andy Warhol (1928-87) that "will bring new discoveries to even seasoned Warhol aficionados." February 1, 2014 - May 6, 2014
Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower 53F, 10am - 10pm (10am - 5pm on Tuesdays). 03 5777 8600. 1,500 for adults.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
The Marvelous Real Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Art from The MUSAC Collection Works of 27 artists lent by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), commemorating 400 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain. Theme: "the obsession amongst Spanish artists to depict what they see as the 'real'." February 15 - May 11, 2014 1,100 yen for adults (free for elementary school age and under)
10am - 6pm. Closed Mondays. 03 3443 0201

Tsuzuki Kyoichi: "A Solitary Old Man's Style" Works by the Tokyo artist, Kyoichi Tsuzuki (b.1956), in celebration of the solitary lifestyle. April 5 - 29, 2014
03 3443 0201, in Omotesando (A2 exit of the Omotesando subway), 03-3403-8814. Free.

National Art Center, Tokyo
The Power of Images: The National Museum of Ethnology Collection Are the creation and appreciation of images universal to all people? This exhibition focuses on shared forms, effects, and functions of images rather than dividing them according to geographical region or historical period. February 19 - June 9, 2014 1,000 yen for adults.
10am - 6pm (Fri till 8pm). Last entry 30 minutes before closing time. Closed Tuesdays. 03 6812 9900. In Roppongi. (Exit 6 of the Nogizaka subway station (less than 1 min walk), exit 7 of Roppongi Station (5 min)).
Read more about the National Art Center Tokyo.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers An exhibition focusing on artworks in the media of photograph, film and video in reference to "cinema" from the end of 1960s to the present day. April 22 - June 1, 2014. 850 yen for adults.
After the Quake: Thinking about Tohoku III Five video works looking back to the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster three years on, by the artists Fujii Hikaru (b.1976), Miyamoto Ryuji (b.1947) and Chim↑Pom. April 15 - June 1, 2014 430 yen for adults.
Takebashi Subway Station, Line, exit 1B, open 10am - 5pm, (till 8pm Fridays). Closed Mondays. 03 57778600.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: Crafts Gallery
Flowers: From the Museum Collection A floral-themed collection drawing on the works of numerous artists in a variety of media. March 18 - June 1, 2014 200 yen for adults.
Touch&Talk: Tour with English speaking staff: every Wednesday and Saturday 2-3pm Booking email: cg-edu [atmark]
03 5777 8600. Hours: 10am-5pm. Last admission 4.30pm. Closed Mondays. (Located 300m west of the National Museum of Modern Art)

National Film Center
The Birth and Development of Japanese Color Film A survey of the move towards colorization of film following WW2 in Japan. April 8 – May 25, 2014
Nihon Eiga: The History of Japanese Film The Center's permanent collection.
500 yen for adults. 03 5777 8600. Hours: 11am-6:30pm. Last admission 6pm. Closed Mondays. (Near Kyobashi Station, exit G10)

National Museum of Western Art: Ueno Park
Jacques Callot: Theater of Realism and Fantasy Works of the early-modern French printmaker, Jacques Callot (1592–1635) April 8 – June 15, 2014 600 yen for adults. 9.30am -5.30pm, Fridays 9:30am - 8:30pm, Closed Mondays. 03 5777 8600.

National Museum of Nature and Science Ueno Park
Permanent exhibitions include:
-Animals of the Earth: The Endurance of Mammals and Birds
-"Woodland Wonder" Exploratory Space
-Progress in Science and Technology: Human Design and Creativity
-"Hands-on Experiments" Exploratory Space
-Biodiversity: "We are All Part of the Same Ecosystem"
-Solving the Mysteries of the Dinosaurs
-The Evolution of Life: "From the Earth' s Origin through to the Birth of Humans"
-The Natural World: "The Universe, Matter, and the Laws of Physics"
-"Behind the Scenes at the National Science Museum": Collecting and Studying Samples and Making Them Available to the Public.
Medicine: the Healing Art An overview of the history of mankind's progress with medicine. March 15 - June 15, 2014 1500 yen for adults.
Ueno Park, 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-8pm, closed Mondays. 03 5777 8600. 500 yen (300 yen for astronomical night viewing, or for ordinary group entry). 600 yen for adults for permanent exhibitions. Free for pupils up to and including senior high school.

Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Hiroshige Blue: The Blue that Charmed the World An exhibition of ukiyoe by the legendary Utagawa Hiroshige, focusing on his use of blue, which is said to have influenced European artists like van Gogh and Monet. April 1 - May 28, 2014
 700 yen for adults. 10:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. (last admission 5:00 p.m.). Closed Mondays.
Jingumae. 03 3403 0880.

SCAI The Bathhouse
Visions of Proximity An exhibition about the five senses and ways of bringing them together, featuring the works of four Asian artists: He Xiangyu, Haroon Mirza, Daisuke Ohba, and Nobuko Tsuchiya. April 19 - May 31, 2014 Tue - Sat, noon - 6pm. Closed Sun., Mon. & public hols. Nippori. 03 3821 1144. Admission free.

Sen-oku Hakuko Kan (The Sumitomo Collection)
"A Quick Visit to Paris...Forever in Paris": Artistic Gems of Japanese Artists Abroad Part II of an exhibition of the best of the Sumitomo Group's art collection, this time focusing on Japanese's artists' impressions of life overseas. March 15 - May 11, 2014 800 yen for adults.
10am - 4:30pm (enter by 4pm). Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, when it closes the next day). 3 mins walk from Roppongi-Itchome subway station on the Namboku Line. No parking lot. 03-5777-8600

Setagaya Art Museum
Kineo Kuwabara's Photographs: Tokyo Sketches of 60 Years The photographs of Kineo Kuwabara (1913-2007), a photographer who rose to prominence in the 1970s, and noted for the numerous photographs he took of working-class Tokyo after WW2. April 19 - June 8, 2014
1,200 yen for adults. 10am-6pm. Last admission 5.30pm. Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, when it closes the next day). 03 3415 6011.

Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa
In Karuizawa.
Hours: 10am-6pm Apr-Oct, 10am-5pm Sep-Nov. Closed between exhibitions.
  Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Google Map of Sezon Museum of Modern Art

Sompo Japan Museum of Art
The Dutch Hague School: The Birth of Modern Naturalism Developments in late-nineteenth-century post-Impressionism. April 19 - June 29, 2014 Closed Mondays, 1,000 yen for adults.
Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Gauguin's L'Alle'e des Alyscamps, Arles and Cezanne's Pommes et Servieette on permanent display.
In West Shinjuku. Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm Fri. Entry till 30 mins before closing time. Closed Mondays. Tel. 03 5777 8600.
Map to Sompo Japan Museum of Art (then scroll down).

Suntory Museum of Art
The Scientific Eye and Visual Wonders in Edo Contemporary 19th century Japanese portrayals of Western-inspired technological advances and the influence these technological advances had on the way Japanese artists portrayed things. March 29 - May 11, 2014
1,300 yen for adults. English audio guide available for 500 yen.
Open Sundays, Mondays and National Holidays 10am-6pm; Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am-8pm. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing time. Closed every Tuesday. In Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi.

SuperDeluxe Monthly schedule Near Roppongi Hills. 03 5412 0515.

Toguri Museum of Art
Koimari Ware: Depictions of Animals Featuring depictions of animals on Komari ware, a style of Japanese porcelain that developed at the beginning of the 17th century. Tigers. rabbits, butterflies, dragons and more in vivid, powerful and elegant motifs. April 4 - June 29, 2014
Ceramics museum in Shibuya 10am - 5pm. Last entry 30 mins before closing time. Closed Mondays (but open if Monday is a public holiday). 1,000 yen for adults.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Balthus: A Retrospective Works of the French painter, Balthazar Klossowski (AKA Balthus) (1908-2001), the twenthieth century's "retro" master. April 19 - June 22, 2014 1,600 yen on the day for adults.
In Ueno Park. Tel. 03 3823 6921.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato, Tokyo 108-0071
Tel. 03-3443-0201

The Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park
"Honkan" Main Gallery
See what's on now in the Honkan (Main Gallery) of the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno
The 800th Memorial of Yosai Roots of Zen: Yosai and the Treasures of Kenninji Commemorating the death 800 years ago of Yosai (1141–1215), the founder of the Kyoto's oldest Zen temple, Kenninji. A collection of artistic treasures from Kenninji Temple's collection. March 25 - May 18, 2014 Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries. 1,600 yen for adults.

More exhibitions at the Tokyo National Museum The Tokyo National Museum has numerous simultaneous exhibitions covering a wide range of fields. Go here for information on more exhibitions in English.
9.30 - 5.00pm (until 8pm Fri, until 6pm Sat/Sun)
Entry until 30 min before closing time. Closed Mondays. 600 yen for adults. 03 5159 5874. In Ueno Park.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography exhibition schedule
10am - 6pm. Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, when it closes Tuesday). (Free admission for over-65s on third Wednesday of the month.) In Ebisu. 03 3626 9974

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Will Happiness Find Me? 10 Artists from the Ishikawa Collection, OkayamaThe works of 10 artists from the 1960s and 70s notable for the fresh perspectives they offer, including Omer Fast, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Ryan Gander, Pierre Huyghe, Koizumi Meiro, Shimabuku and Danh Vo. April 19 - June 29, 2014
11am - 7pm (till 8pm on Fri, Sat). Closed Mondays. 1,000 yen for adults. In Hatsudai, 03 5280 9996

University Art Museum - Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Praying for Recovery from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake:Ten Years of Recovery since the Mid-Niigata Prefecture Earthquake—Horyuji; Prayers and their Images Featuring works from Horyuji Temple. April 26 - June 22, 2014 In Tokyo University of the Arts Exhibition Rooms. 1,500 yen for adults
10am-5pm (Last entry 4.30pm). Closed on Mondays.
In Hatsudai. Inquiries: NTT Hello Dial: 03-5777-8600

Yokohama Museum of Art
Fascinating Japanese Woodcut Prints Over 200 modern woodcut prints from the Museum's huge historical woodcut print collection. March 1 - May 25, 2014 1,000 yen for adults.
In Yokohama.
10am - 6pm, but till 8pm on Fridays. (Admission till 30 minutes before closing). Closed Thursdays. 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho station (JR Tokyu Toyoko Line, Yokohama subway) or 3 minutes from Minatomirai station (Minatomirai line) from the "Museum" exit or Keyaki Street exit. 045 221 0370.

Tokyo Events What's On

Tokyo Music What's On

Yoyogi Event Plaza
(Across from Yoyogi Park, next to Yoyogi National Stadium)


Aoyama Theater / Aoyama Gekijo
A technically sophisticated theater complex in Tokyo, between Shibuya and Omotesando, comprising a Theater and Round Theater, and staging a lot of dance and some drama. On the 1st and 3rd floors of the National Children's Castle (Kodomo no Shiro), Aoyama.
Aoyama Theater performance schedule
5-53-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001, Japan. 03-37975678.

Shibuya Ax is a large rock concert hall near Yoyogi Park featuring Japanese rock acts.
2-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041. 03-5738-2020 In Shibuya. Tel. Creativeman 03-3462-6969.

Billboard Live
An upscale Roppongi venue with an almost-nightly line-up of jazz, vocals, rhythm'n'blues, and classic rock, pop and lounge artists, international and local. In the Tokyo Midtown complex. Has an Osaka branch too.
4F Garden Terrace, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107- 0052.
03-3405-1133 (Inquiries weekdays: 11am-10pm, Sat/Sun/public holidays: 11am-9pm, days with no shows: 11am-7pm.

Blue Note
This month's schedule
in Minami Aoyama, nearest station: Omotesando Subway Station, exit B3, Chiyoda Line. 03 5485 0088.

Blues Alley
Monthly schedule (in Japanese only)
, mainly Japanese performers only; in Meguro.
03 5740 6041.

Nippon Budokan
Kudanshita station on the Tozai and Hanzomon subway lines.

Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Shibuya. 03-5485-0088.

Club Quattro (Click for map)
Monthly online schedule In Shibuya, 03 3477 8750.

Bunkyo Civic Hall
Kasuga. 03-5803-1100.
Google Map to Bunkyo Civic Hall

Club Quattro (Click for map)
Monthly online schedule In Shibuya, 03 3477 8750.

The Cotton Club
The Cotton Club recreates the experience of the original Prohibition-era New York Cotton Club, but in the radically upmarket setting of Tokyo's Marunouchi district. International - and local - acts croon, strum, tinkle and percuss loungy, adult-oriented music in this venue with capital-A ambiance. Book ahead.
Performances: 5pm - 11pm daily, but 4pm - 10:30pm on Sat. Sun, public holidays. 5 mins walk from Tokyo Station.
Tokia 2F, Tokyo Bldg., 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6402. 03-3215-1555 (Inquiries/bookings: 11am - 10:30pm, but 11am - 9pm Sat. Sun, public holidays.)

Harlem is a legendary Shibuya dance club now with a 15+year history, and regular parties with prominent DJs (mainly hip-hop) almost every night of the week: "Amazing Sundayz" on Sunday, "Red Zone" on Tuesday, "Party Naked" on Wednesday, "Never Broke" or "Dance Holic" on most Thursdays, "Punch Out" on Friday, and "Monster" on Saturday. Harlem monthly schedule. Opens 10 or 11pm. Closed Mondays and some Thursdays.
2,3F, Dr. Jeekahns, 2-4 Maruyamacho Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0044

Hitomi Memorial Hall Schedule (Japanese language only) Sangenjaya Station, 03 5465 1233.

Kawasaki Sangyo Shinko Kaikan
Kawasaki (8 minutes walk from Kawasaki station) 044-548-4111.

Koseinenkin Kaikan Shinjuku, 03-3356-1111.

Liquid Room, Ebisu
Higashi, Shibuya-ku; Info: FLIP SIDE 03(3470)9999

Makuhari Messe
in Chiba City; 2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City; 043-296-0001

Minato Mirai New Port Minato Mirai New Port, Yokohama 045 671 9911.

Nakano Sun Plaza: Get off at Nakano Station, north exit. Next to Nakano Ward Office.

Shinjuku Pit Inn East Exit, Shinjuku Station. 03-3354-2024

Saitama Super Arena
in Saitama.

Shibuya Nest
(click on "Access Map") in Shibuya 03 3444 6751.

Shibuya O-East
(click on "Access Map") in Shibuya 03 3444 6751.

Shinjuku Bunka Center in Shinjuku, 03 5467 7880.

Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake
Design Festa Vol.39: An annual festival of art and craft with hundreds of stalls. May 17 - 18 (Sat/Sun), 2014 11am-7pm. Ariake, 03-3498-9999.

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo International Forum Hall Tokyo International Forum Schedule Flea markets, fairs, seminars.
In Yurakucho 03 3746 1152.

Womb Womb website
2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Womb map
03 5459 0039.

Yoyogi National Stadium (map in Japanese, Sendagaya Station) 03 3498 9999.

in Odaiba, 03 5466 0777.

Tokyo Film What's On


Tokyo Theater and Performance What's On

Setagaya Public Theatre / Theatre Tram
4-1-1 Taishiodo, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0004, Japan. Tel. 03-5432-1526

Tokyo Gay and Lesbian What's On

Read more about Gay and lesbian Tokyo

Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival 2014
11am-6pm, Sunday April 27, 2014 at Tokyo Yoyogi Park Event Square & Outdoor Stage. This year's Rainbow Pride Parade 2014, for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is sponsored by the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health. Those who wish to participate in the parade are required to register beforehand; however, registration details are yet to come. Keep checking the official Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade 2014 website for details.

Ageha (Studio Coast)
Shangri-La 42: SPLASH Shangri-La 43: SPLASH Another in the series of legendary Shangri-La gay extravaganzas happening at Ageha, one of Tokyo's most cavernous clubs. Themed with a touch of hard kink to put some "spring" in the first Shangri-La party for this year. 11pm, Saturday May 3, 2014 4,000 yen at the door. Access (see "Shuttle Bus Info" at bottom of the Ageha page if going there from Shinjuku Ni-Chome)
2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03 5100 2525.

Rehab Lounge
A friendly, English-spoken bar for gay men and women, open 7 days, with a DJ spinning from about Thursday to Sunday.
2F Sensho Bldg., 2-13-16, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022, Japan. Tel & fax: 03-3355-7833. Mon-Thu: 7pm-2am; Fri & Sat: 7pm-3am. Email: info [at mark]

ArcH (B1F, Dai-2 Hayakawaya Building, Shinjuku 2-14-6, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03-3352-6297.

Amate-Raxi (AKA Amrax) Nightly events featuring different music genres, including its famous "Party Hard Tuesday" reggae night, and Thursday night's Buena Suerte featuring house/hip-hop/R&B.
To get there: From JR Shibuya Stn walk 10 mins up Dogenzaka (i.e. veering left at the big 109 store) all the way up to the 7-11 on the right hand side of the road. Turn left, then left again at the first street you come to, and it's on your right a little further down.
Dai-ichi-no Bldg., B1, Dogenzaka 1-17-12, Shibuya, Tokyo. Tel: 03-3462-6644 (English not spoken).

Club Asia, 4F, No.8 Yazawa Bldg., 2-21-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03-5458-2551.

Heaven's Door
Takimoto Bldg 2F, 2-17-10 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 03-3411-6774

Hijoguchi Shinjuku.
Regular events for wimmin. Otherwise, not gay friendly. 1F,2-12-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0022. Tel. 03-3341-5445

To get there: Exit 7, Roppongi subway station, Oedo line. Walk 100m down the road, walking away from the Tokyo Midtown complex. Downstairs from the Seven Eleven convenience store.
Roppongi GM Bldg., B1, Roppongi 4-11-11, Minato ward, Tokyo. Tel: 03-5414-2683 (English not spoken).

Tokyo Sports What's On

Major Events


Tokyo Verdy: Home games are played March-late November at Ajinomoto Stadium, 03 3635 8985. Tobakyu Station on the Keio Line.

FC Tokyo: Home games are played March-late November at Ajinomoto Stadium, 03 3635 8985. Tobakyu Station on the Keio Line.


Tokyo Giants: Home games are played at Tokyo Dome 03 5800 9999. Suidobashi or Korakuen Stations.

Yakult Swallows: Home games are played at Jingu Stadium, (03) 3404-8999. Kokuritsukyogijo or Gaienmae Stations.

Nagoya What's On

Kyoto Exhibits What's On

Hosomi Museum
The Beauty and Elegance of Japanese Art Dazzling Banquets: The Spirit of Hospitality A general exhibition drawing on a number of outstanding Japanese historical artworks from the museum's collection. March 1, 2013 - May 18, 2014 1,000 yen for adults.
10am-6pm. Closed Mondays, unless Monday is a public holiday (in which case closed Tuesday). A 10 minute walk from the Higashiyama Station on the Tozai Subway Line. (Hosomi Bijutsukan) Tel. 075 752 5555.

Kyoto International Manga Museum Free admission.
10am-8pm. Tozai or Karusama Subway Line, Oike Station, a two minute walk. 075 254 7414

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto Shi Bijutsu Kan 075 771 4107)
Masterworks from the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein Eighty-eight paintings and other works from artists such as Raphael, Rembrandt, and Van Dyck from the 16th to 19th centuries. Main Hall North 1F. March 19 - June 9, 2014
1.500 yen for adults. From Kyoto Station, take bus 5 or 100. From the Tozai Line's Higashiyama Station; a 5-minute walk.

Kyoto National Museum (Kyoto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan)
Access: At Kyoto Station go to bus platform D2 in front of the station. Take city Bus #206 or #208 to "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae" bus stop. A one-minute walk. Keihan Railways: get off at Shichijo Station. Walk east along Shichijo Street (about seven minutes) to the Museum. Tel. 075 541 1151.

Miho Museum of Art
Edo Kaleidoscope: Sarasa, Bidoro, Oranda An exhibition of examples of new additions to Japanese culture, especially in the realm of fashion, as a result of new contact with the West. March 15 - June 8, 2014. Calendar (days open) (Miho Bijutsu Kan 0748-82-3411).
From Kyoto Station, take JR to Ishiyama Station. From there, take the Teisan bus for 50 minutes to the Museum. This masterpiece of a building by American architect IM Pei houses one of the best collections of Asian art in the world. Well worth the trip.

Museum of Kyoto
"Impressionists at the Waterside" - Depicting urban resorts: Paris,the Seine,and Normandy The title pretty much says it all: 73 works depicting waterside scenes by prominent historical Impressionists. March 11 - May 11, 2014 1,200 yen for adults.
Closed Mondays. (Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan, 075 222 0888). From Oike Station on the Karasuma Subway Line, walk to Sanjo Dori (street). Walk towards Kawaramachi Dori. Two blocks on the left in a large red brick building from the Meiji Period.

Prinz Eizan Railways, Chayama Station. 075 712 3900.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MOMAK)
Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a public holiday, when it closes Tuesday instead). (Kyoto Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan, 075 761 4111). From Kyoto Station, take bus #5. From the Tozai Line's Higashiyama Station, a five minute walk. 830 yen.

The Ritsumeikan International Peace Museum (Ritsumeikan Daigaku Kokusai Heiwa Bijutsukan, 075-465-8151) Anti-war hall with an extensive collection of Imperial Army artifacts. Periodic exhibits. From Kyoto Station, take bus #50 or #205. 300 yen.

Kyoto Music What's On

Kyoto Kaikan Dai-ichi Hall: 0570 000 403.

Lab Tribe
Schedule, 075-254-1228.

Live Spot Rag 075 255 7273. On Kiyamachi, north of Sanjo. Kyoto Empire Building, 6F

Kyoto's best night club. Features kool to kool, latin, rub-a-dub, techno, house, and more. Major acts and DJs. 075-752-2787 Access. From Exit Two of the Marutamachi Station on the Keihan Line.

Parker House Roll Restaurant/bar with live performances. 075-353-8042. On the east side of Karasuma Dori between Manjuji and Matsubara (north of Gojo) in the basement of the "Members Golf Building."

Taku Taku
Live performance space. Schedule, 075 351 1321. From Exit 5 of the Shijo Subway Station.

UrbanGuild Live performance space Monthly schedule 075 212 1125. On Kiyamachi on the south side between Sanjo and Shijo.

World Night club and performance space. 075 213 4119. Just north of Shijo-Kiyamachi. On the west side of the street in the Imagium building.

Kyoto Film

Minami-Kaikan (Japanese map, Toji Station), Alternative Cinema; 075 661 3993.

Kyoto Cinema (click on "map"; Karasuma Station): 075 353 4723.

Kyoto Traditional Culture, Other What's On

Nippon to Asobo ("Let's Have Fun with Japan") Kyoto-based cultural event started in 1994 as an annual event showcasing a mix of traditional and new arts, this event is to reveal the true worth of the ancient capital city of Japan, Kyoto. Google Map, Nippon to Asobo Website


Flea Markets

Toji Temple (buses #19/20/208) from Kyoto Station). Known as Kobo-san, this flea market is held on the 21st of the month. At Toji Temple Market. Get there early and bargain hard.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (buses #203/204/205/10 /51/55 from Shijo Kawaramachi. Hakubaicho Station on the Keifuku Line). Known as Tenjin-san, this market is held on the 25th of the month. Get there early and bargain hard.

Hyakuman-ben (buses #17 and 206 from Kyoto Station, buses 201, 31, 17, 17 from Shijo Kawaramachi). This open air market is held at Chion Temple across from Kyoto University on the 15th of the month.

Other Events What's On

Kyoto Sports What's On


Kyoto Sanga FC: Home games are played March-late November at Nishikyogoku Stadium. Nishikyogoku Station on the Hankyu Line.

Have Your Exhibit/Event Listed in Japan Visitor What's On

Contact to have your event listed: List Your Event.

JapanVisitor's Kyoto Shop

Books on Japan

A selection of book reviews on the best works on or about Japan.

Happi Coats

Wonderful festival coats by a Kyoto maker. Happi coats just a click away.

Dance Fans

Handpainted dance fans by Kuraya.

Mini-Byobu by Kuraya

These Japanese screens are handmade and painted in Kyoto and are perfect as a home decoration or gift.

Japanese Sandals

The real deal. Japanese sandals.

Electronic Dictionaries

The latest and best electronic dictionaries shipped to your home. Many languages: French, Korean, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, German, and English.

Sushi Replicas

For restaurants and as a gift. Sushi samples online at


Perfect for your garden. Japanese umbrellas.

Noren Curtains

All types of noren curtains: traditional or modern, cotton or linen.


Available online on Eco-Chopsticks.

Books on Japan