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A Select Guide to Tokyo Events and Kyoto Events--Updated September 8, 2014

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21_21 Design Sight
Image Makers An exhbition directed by Hélène Kelmachter, celebrating the fantastic and unconventional creations of advertising revolutionary Jean-Paul Goude along with other fearless image-makers of the world. July 4 - October 5, 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
Time and the Painting−24 Episodes 160 works of eclectic provenance united by the theme of "time" and its progress as depicted in art. August 2 - September 23, 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

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.

Edo-Tokyo Museum
Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of "When Marnie Was There" Replica's of locations used in Studio Ghibli's latest anime Omoide no Marnie ("When Marnie Was There"), created by the film's art director, Yohei Taneda. July 27 - September 15, 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
Art Scope 2012-1014: Remains of their Journeys An exhibition featuring four artists, two German, two Japanese, who have spent time in each other's country under the sponsorship of the Daimler Foundation. Rita Hensen, a visual artist; Benedikt Partenheimer, a photographer; Ryosuke Imumura, sculptor and installation artist; Satoshi Ohno, visual/installation artist. July 12 - October 13, 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
National Treasures of the Munakata Shrine—The Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Holy Treasures from the Shrine Munakata in Kyushu was a hub of communication between Japan and the Asian mainland, artifacts of which movement were collected at Munakata Shrine. August 16 - October 13, 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

Isetan Art Gallery
See what's on now at the Isetan Art Gallery: featuring a variety of typically week-long exhibitions of solo artists. Entry free.
10:30 am - 8 pm. On the 5th floor of the the Isetan Department Store, Main Store, in Shinjuku. Tel. 03-3352-1111 (General info).
Google Map to the the Isetan Department Store, Main Store

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art Collection A panoply of Western and Japanese art though their major movements, featuring important artists from Rembrandt to Rothko.
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

Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Toilet?! Human Waste and Earth's Future A "down- to-nightsoil" exhibition about our number ones and twos, how they impact the environment, and how they can be dealt with more efficiently. Interactive, complete with cutesy characters for the kids, including a "Feces Ambassador," and a huge "toilet" they can go down in. July 2 - October 5, 2014 1,200 yen for adults.
Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 10am-5pm (Closed Tuesdays). 03 3570-9151. Free every Saturday for 18 y.o. and under.

Mizuma Art Gallery
The Breath of Nasirun: the metamorphosis of tradition Surrealism from one of Indonesia's most prominent artists, Nasirun (b.1965). September 10 - October 11, 2014
Ichigaya, Tokyo, 11am-7pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays). 03 3268 2500.
Read more about the Mizuma Art Gallery

Mori Art Museum
Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation - Seeing, Conversing, Gift-Giving, Writing, Dining and Getting Connected to the World A retrospective of major works by charming Taiwanese artist, Lee Mingwei (b.1964), from over the past two decades. September 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower 53F, 10am - 10pm (10am - 5pm on Tuesdays). 03 5777 8600. 1,500 for adults.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Around Michel Gondry's World Interactive fun with film director Michel Gondry, noted for his work with Bjork. September 27 2014 - January 4 2015 1,000 yen for adults.
10am-6pm (last admission 5:30pm), but until 9pm Fridays (last admission 8:30pm). Closed Mondays. 03 3443 0201. Near Kiyosumi-shirakawa station.
Read more about the Musuem of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

Yoichi Nagano: Delicious Portraits Photography of cuisine, by Yoichi Nagano, a photographer active since 1998. September 7 - October 13, 2014
03 3443 0201, in Omotesando (A2 exit of the Omotesando subway), 03-3403-8814. Free.

National Art Center, Tokyo
The Birth of Impressionism - Freedom in Painting: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay 84 Impressionist masterpieces. July 9 - October 20, 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
Art and Printed Matter from the 1960s to the 1970s An exhibition focusing on the overlap between art works and printed works, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. Mainly from the Museum's collection. June 7 - November 3, 2014. To take place in four periods, between which some works will be replaced: June 7 - July 13, July 15 - August 24, August 30 - September 28, September 30 - November 3. 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
Celadon Now: Techniques and Beauty Handed Down from Southern Sung to Today Celadonware from China and Japan. September 13 - November, 2014 900 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 36th Pia Film Festival The 5th Pia Film Festival to be held at the NFC. Includes the PFF Award Competition, the biggest competition for non-theatrical films in the world, and the PFF Scholarship Film Award Competition, showcaseing the newest film directed by the PFF Award winner. September 13 – 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
The Rings from The Hashimoto Collection of The National Museum of Western Art About three hundred rings from the extensive Hashimoto jewelry collection from throughout histor: as far back as Egypt of 4,000 years ago to the early 20th century. July 8 – September 15, 2014 1,400 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.
Ancient Mammals An exhibition of some of the now extinct mammals that lived in Japan from 120 million years ago up until 10,000 years ago.. July 12 – October 5, 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). 1,600 yen for adults for permanent exhibitions. Free for pupils up to and including senior high school.

Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Specters, Ghosts, and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e "Large Collection of Ukiyo-e Monster Prints!". Over 250 ukiyoe woodblock prints and paintings featuring the disturbing side of the otherworldly, presented in three consecutive series of "Specters," "Ghosts," and "Sorcerers." This month is devoted to "Sorcerers." August 30 -September 25 2014
 900 yen for adults. 10:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. (last admission 5:00 p.m.). Closed Mondays.
Jingumae. 03 3403 0880.

SCAI The Bathhouse
NO EXHIBITION AT PRESENT Tue - Sat, noon - 6pm. Closed Sun., Mon. & public hols. Nippori. 03 3821 1144. Admission free. In Yanaka.

Sen-oku Hakuko Kan (The Sumitomo Collection)
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
Western Artists and the Allure of Japan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 150 objects, including paintings, photographs, and decorative arts from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that illustrate the influence of Japan by way of the "Japonisme" that was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. June 28 – September 15, 2014
1,500 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.

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Not Only Impressionists: Painters Inspired by the Normandy Landscape Paintings in all genres and media celebrating the beauty of Normandy, France. In cooperation with the MuMa – Musée d’Art moderne André Malraux, France. September 6 - November 9, 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).

Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa
The Site of the Soul An exhibtion of works from the museum's collection designed to inquiry into the arcane question of "What is an art museum?" A place that artists have aspired to have their works displayed with an eye to their demise? A celebration of the present? Or more? July 13 - October 6, 2014 1,000 yen for adults.
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

Suntory Museum of Art
The Radiance of Stillness and Motion: Bohemian Glass from the Collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague Over 170 examples from 600 years of Bohemian glass from the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. August 2 - September 28, 2014 1,300 yen for adults.. English audio guide 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
Coolness: Ko-Imari ware with Design of Water Featuring depictions of water: waterfalls, waves, rainfall, and snow, on Komari ware, a style of Japanese porcelain that developed at the beginning of the 17th century. Specially designed for summer. July 12 - September 21, 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
Art as a Haven of Happiness Paintings, sculpture, embroidery, and other genres from the two art studios, Atelier Elément Présent (Mie and Tokyo) and Shobu Gakuen (Kagoshima), marked by a sense of ebullience and playfulness. July 26 – October 8, 2014 800 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
Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei Selected pieces from this world-famous collection, providing greater insight into Chinese culture's profound influence on the arts of Japan. June 24 - September 15, 2014 1,600 yen for adults.
See what's on now in the Honkan (Main Gallery) of the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno
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
The Way of Painting 24 works painted by Japanese artists this century. An exhibition testifying to the resilience of painting as an art form. July 12 - September 21, 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
International Mokuhanga Conference 2014 Special Exhibition Mokuhan Zomeki ― What happened in Japan? Woodprints in Japan. August 30 - September 14, 2014 In Tokyo University of the Arts Exhibition Hall, 2F. Free.
10am-5pm (Last entry 4.30pm). Closed on Mondays.
In Hatsudai. Inquiries: NTT Hello Dial: 03-5777-8600

Yokohama Museum of Art
Yokohama Triennale 2014: "Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion" This the fifth Yokohama Triennale is directed by Yasumasa Morimura. Themed on the idea of remembering and forgetting, this exhibition styles itself as a "ship" of art out to reclaim the "forgotten" from oblivion. Featuring works by Zhang Enli, Andy Warhol, Shinro Ohtake, René Magritte, John Cage, Kama Gei, Chie Matsui, and many many more. August 1 – November 3, 2014 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

Akarenga "Red Brick Warehouse"

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
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

Ageha (Studio Coast)
Shangri-La 45: TRIBAL JOURNEY Shangri-La 45: Tribal Journey is another in the series of legendary Shangri-La gay extravaganzas happening at Ageha, one of Tokyo's most cavernous clubs. "All-in-the-family" tribal togetherness before the onset of the colder months. 11pm, Saturday September 13, 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.

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

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
Demitasse Cosmos: The Glitter of Jewelry Feturing decorative French demitasses. July 8 - September 28, 2014 1,100 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
Nakayosi Fest: Magical Girls Forever An exhibition of manga in collaboration with the girls' magazine, Nakayosi. May 24 - September 28, 2014 Free admission.
10am-6pm (last admission 5:30pm). 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)
The 99th Inten: Exhibition of the Japan Art Institute The pre-centennial art exhibition of the venerable Japan Art Institute. September 19 -October 5, 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)
No special exhibition until October 2014
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
Shishi and Komainu: Mythical Beasts from Far Away September 2 - December 14, 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
Let's go to space, brother ! An exhibition based on the manga Uchu kyodai ("Let's Go to Space, Brother!") dating from 2008 July 30 - September 23, 2014 1,000 yen on the day 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)
James McNeill Whistler Retrospective Paintings by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), the U.S. artist based in London, U.K., who maintained close connections with Paris Impressionists. September 13 - November 16, 2014 1,500 yen for adults.
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


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.

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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