Tokyo & Kyoto What's On & Events

What's On in Tokyo & Kyoto: A Select Guide to Tokyo Events and Kyoto Events

Read regularly updated listings of what's happening right now or is upcoming in Tokyo and Kyoto, including festivals, exhibitions of art, crafts and photography, parties, flea markets, concerts and more.

Tokyo Art What's On

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21_21 Design Sight
Audio Architecture
The renowned interior designer Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall) collaborates with musician Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) and others to create a dynamic space where music meets spacial design and video.
June 29 - October 14, 2018
1,100 yen for adults
10am-7pm (last entry 6:30pm)
Closed Tuesdays
At Tokyo Midtown.

Ancient Orient Museum
Ancient Orient Museum 40th Anniversary Festival
Celebrating four decdades of bringing the wonders of the ancient world to the citizens of Tokyo.
July 14 - September 17, 2018
600 yen for adults.
10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm), open every day.
Seventh floor of Sunshine City Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 Building
7F, Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan, 3-1-4 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-8630

Bridgestone Museum of Art
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
The Bunkamura Museum of Art comprises the Bunkamura Gallery, Bunkamura Box Gallery, and Bunkamura Wall Gallery, featuring a variety of typically week-long exhibitions of solo Japan artists. See what's on now in the Bunkamura Galleries Free entry.
In Shibuya. B1 floor of Bunkamura. 10am to 7:30pm

Canon Gallery S
Tamotsu Fujii: Things I've Seen, People I've Met
Tamotsu Fujii (b.1949) is a photographer known for his sensual, minimalist images. His iconic images are here on display at the 125th Canon photograph exhibition.
May 31 - July 7, 2018
Free entry
10am-5:30pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Free entry.
8 mins walk from Konan Exit, JR Shinagawa Station; 10 mins walk from Keihin Shinagawa Station.

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
Discoveries in the Japanese Archipelago 2018: The Tokyo Regional Resources Museum
The Edo Tokyo Museum grew out of the Tokyo Regional Resources Museum - a free-entry history archive founded in 1934. This exhibition looks at the Museum's roots and displays exhibits from the days of the old archives detailing Tokyo's historical heritage.
June 2 - July 22, 2018
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

Eisei-Bunko Museum
Ryokan Taigu: 260 Years Since His Birth
Ryokan Taigu (1758–1831) was a peripatetic Zen Buddhist monk who was a poet and calligrapher. This exhibition looks at his works on the occasion of the 260th anniversary of his birth in what is now Niigata Prefecture.
April 21 - July 11, 2018
1,000 yen for adults
9.30am - 8pm (till 6pm Sun) Closed Mondays except when Monday is a national holiday. Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.
From JR Mejiro Station board a Toei Bus bound for Shinjuku Eki Nishiguchi and alight at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo-mae bus stop. 3 mins walk. 03-3941-0850.

Fujifilm Square
Tadahiko Hayashi: A Titan of Showa Era Photography
Tadahiko Hayashi (1918—1990) was a Japanese photographer who rose to fame for his work for the quick-start-up, quick-bust magazines (kasutori) that overtook Japan immediately after the War.
April 1 - July 31, 2018
Free entry. 10am - 7pm. Last entry 6:50pm. Open every day.
The Photo History Museum at Fujifilm Square, in Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi.

Fukagawa Edo Museum
Period Fiction and Fukagawa
As a traditional old district of Tokyo, Fukagawa is the setting for numerous historical novels by popular writers past and present. This exhibition uses their works to recreate for the visitor an impression of what Fukagawa used to be like, and also displays artifacts related to the novels and novelists themselves.
November 14, 2017 - November 11, 2018
400 yen for adults
9.30am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm) daily. Closed Dec 28-Jan 5, and the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. In Fukagawa.
1-3-28 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0021

Ghibli Museum
Delicious! Animating Memorable Meals
The wonderful world of Ghibli Studios via depictions of food and how it is eaten in Ghibli Studio films. "Scenes of Food" looks closely at how the eating of food is animated, and another section recreates scenes in life-size of Satsuki and Mei's kitchen in My Neighbor Totoro, and the Tiger Moth mess hall in Castle in the Sky.
Until November 2018
Included in admission to the museum. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Read more about Ghibli Museum. In Mitaka City.

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Mami Kosemura: Phantasies Over Time
The first solo museum show of realist artist Mami Kosemura (b.1975) who "blurs the boundary between painting, video and photography to explore the nature of realityThe first ever exhibition of the multimedia artist."
June 16 – September 2, 2018
1,100 yen for adults
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
Immortal Poets and Kohitsu Calligraphy
Paintings that celebrate the "immortal poets" of old. Depicting famous poets in paintings is a tradition in itself that started about 900 years ago, and this exhibition, in turn, celebrates that tradition.
June 16 – July 22, 2018
Permanent Exhibition: major works by Georges Rouault (1871-1958), famous for his “Passion”series depicting Jesus's last days. The Sherd Room: pottery fragments from kilns around Asia and Egypt.
1,000 yen for adults
10am - 5 pm (Fri. 10am - 7pm). Closed Mondays. 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 Isetan Department Store, Main Store, in Shinjuku. Tel. 03-3352-1111 (General info).
Google Map to the Isetan Department Store, Main Store

JCII Camera Museum
The Magic of Cameras that Changed Photography
Focusing on cameras that made a radical difference in how photographs are taken and made.
July 3 - October 14, 2018 (ordinary exhibition on in the meantime
300 yen. 10am - 5pm. Last entry 4:30pm. Closed Monday.
Near Kojimachi.

Japanese Sword Museum
The 25th Newly Designated Special Important Swords And Fittings Exhibition
Japanese swords and fittings that have been appraised as belonging to the highest "Juyo" rank of craftspersonship.
May 26 - July 16, 2018.
1,000 yen for adults. Closed Mondays. In Ryogoku. Read more about the Japanese Sword Museum

Japan Football Museum
Samurai Blue: Final Asian Qualifiers Road to Russia
All about Japan's national soccer team and its quest for glory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
December 3, 2016 - indefinite
500 yen for adults
Closed Mondays.

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art
Bridget Riley: Paintings from the 1960s to the Present
Following the varied and evolving genre of the innovative British artist, Bridget Riley (b.1931)
1,300 yen for adults
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.

Leica Professional Store Tokyo
April 14 - August 26, 2018
Tue-Sat 11am-7pm. Free entry.
4 min walk from Exit A1, Ginza Subway Station. 5 min walk from Central Exit of Yurakucho Station
2F, Tokaido Ginza Building, 6-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061. Tel 03 6215 7074

Matsuoka Museum of Art
Vessels for Water, Vessels for Air: Oriental Ceramics that Invite Coolness
Featuring about 50 different ceramic works from across the ages from Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam and Iran - all of them in cool tones and associated with water or air.
June 5 - October 13, 2018
800 yen for adults.
Shirokanedai, Tokyo, 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays.) Tel. 03 3822 1111.
Read more about the Matsuoka Museum of Art

Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Detective Conan: Scientific Investigation
Celebrating the most famous of Japan's fictional detectives, Detective Conan, launched in the manga comic of the same name in 1994.
April 18 - July 8, 2018
Permanent Exhibitions
Tsunagari: the relationship between life and the Earth; Explore the Frontiers: how the Earth is constructed; Create Your Future: Exploring ideas about how humanity should approach future living.
Permanent exhibitions: 620 yen for adults, 210 yen for under-18s.
Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 10am-5pm (Closed Tuesdays). 03 3570-9151. Free every Saturday for 18 y.o. and under.

Mizuma Art Gallery
Aiko Miyanaga: Life
Aiko Miyanaga (b.1974) strives to get an "overview of the world" in her art installations which are typically made of a single medium such as salt or naphthaline. Here she takes on one of the bigger topics.
June 20 - July 21, 2018
Ichigaya, Tokyo, 11am-7pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays). 03 3268 2500.
Read more about the Mizuma Art Gallery

Mori Art Museum
Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation
"Captivating Japanese architecture that wooed the world," showcasing the works of Tange Kenzo, Taniguchi Yoshio, Ando Tadao, Kuma Kengo, Sejima Kazuyo and more.
April 25 - September 17, 2018
1,800 yen for adults
Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower 53F, 10am - 10pm (10am - 5pm on Tuesdays). 03 5777 8600.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Near Kiyosumi-shirakawa station.
Read more about the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

National Art Center, Tokyo
The Art of Portraiture in the Louvre Collections
A broad selection of portraiture comprising 110 works selected from all eight departments of the Louvre, ranging from paintings to death masks.
May 30 – September 3, 2018
1,600 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.

National Film Center
Kurosawa Travels around the World
Subtitled "The Masterworks in Posters from the Collection of Toshifumi Makita," this exhibition is of 84 posters of Akira Kurasawa's films from 30 countries.
April 17 – September 23, 2018
250 yen for adults
03 5777 8600. Hours: 11am-6:30pm. Last admission 6pm. Closed Mondays. (Near Kyobashi Station, exit G10)
See what else is happening in Tokyo Film.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space
Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) was an influential young artist in 1970s New York. "200 items including sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings and related materials to offer a full-scale retrospective of Matta-Clark’s art."
June 19 - September 17, 2018
1,200 yen for adults
Takebashi Subway Station, Line, exit 1B. Tel. 03 5777 8600
Open 10am - 5pm, (till 8pm Fridays). Closed Monday.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: Crafts Gallery
Crafts Gallery for Kids & Adults: Heat and Pressure
Opening visitors' eyes to two of the fierce forces: heat and pressure, that go into the making of everyday utilitarian objects that we often take for granted.
June 19 - August 26, 2018
250 yen. 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 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.
Examining the weird and wonderful world of insects, the miniature creatures that vastly outnumber most other readily visible lifeforms.
July 13 - October 8, 2018
1,600 yen for adults, 600 yen for school age on the day
Ueno Park, 9am-5pm, Fridays 9 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Mondays. 03 5777 8600. 500 yen (300 yen for astronomical night viewing, or for ordinary group entry). 620 yen for adults for permanent exhibitions. Free for pupils up to and including senior high school.

National Museum of Western Art: Ueno Park
Michelangelo and the Ideal Body
Focusing on the depiction of the human body by the legendary Italian artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). "Working from a core of Michelangelo’s masterwork sculptures David-Apollo and Young St. John the Baptist, the approximately 70 works displayed here will explore how artists in their respective periods, Antiquity and the Renaissance, created their own ideal human form."
19 June - 24 September, 2018
1,600 yen for adults
Richter/ Courbet
A juxtaposition of the works of realist innovator artist, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) and modern realist painter Gerhard Richter (b. 1932).
June 19, 2018 – January 20, 2019
500 yen for adults. In the New Wing.
9.30am - 5.30pm, Fridays & Saturdays 9:30am - 8pm, Closed Mondays. 03 5777 8600.

Nezu Museum
Introduction to Traditional Art: Lacquer Techniques and Designs
Maki-e lacquerware is a Japanese style of wooden lacquerware intricately decorated with gold leaf. This exhibition from the Museum's collection has numerous examples of exquisite lacquerware, as well as priceless pieces that inspired it, from Korea and China.
May 24 - July 8, 2018
1,100 yen for adults
10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Closed Monday except when Monday is a public holiday, in which case open Monday and closed the next day, Tuesday.
In Minami Aoyama
6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Nikon Museum
Ultra-Micro Nikkor: The Development of the World's Highest Resolution Lens
About 40 high-tech optical exhibits trace Nikon's efforts since the 1960s to the present to provide lenses that make the invisible visible.
April 3 - June 30, 2018
Free entry
In Shinagawa

Nikon Plaza Shinjuku Gallery 1
An ongoing series of short-term exhibitions by various photographers. See the above link for details.
10:30am - 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday (including public holidays). Closed Sunday. Closes at 3pm on the final day of an exhibition. Free entry.
This is JapanVisitor's pick. Check the Nikon Plaza website for other exhibitions that may be running concurrently there.
28F, Shinjuku L Tower, 1-6-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan 163-1528

Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Bad Edo, Part II
The second in a series of depictions of less-than-desireable characters in old Tokyo ("Edo") by famous Japanese artists including Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Sharaku Toshusai, Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Hokusai Katsushika, and Kunisawa Utagawa.
June 2 - July 29, 2018
Closed Mondays.
1,000 yen for adults
Jingumae. 03 3403 0880.

SCAI The Bathhouse
Nobuko Tsuchiya: 30 Ways To Go To The Moon
Accidental encounters with scraps of materials are the source of imagination for artist Nobuko Tsuchiya (b.1972), whose work composes a cryptic poetry of infinite accuracy.
May 29 - July 14, 2018
Tue - Sat, noon - 6 p.m. Closed Sun., Mon. & public hols. Yanaka, near Nippori Station. 03 3821 1144. Admission free.

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Turner and the Poetics of Landscape
Approximately 120 watercolor, oil, and print works by one of Britain's foremost landscape painters, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851).
April 24 - July 1, 2018
1,300 yen for adults.
Closed Mondays.
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).

Sen-oku Hakuko Kan (The Sumitomo Collection)
Museum hours: 10am - 5pm (enter by 4:30pm). 800 yen for adults. 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
Takayama Tatsuo Retrospective
Takayama Tatsuo (1912-2007) was a Nihonga (traditional Japanese-style) painter who addressed profound questions about existence in his art that depicts everyday life.
April 14 - July 17, 2018
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.

Suntory Museum of Art
The Glass that Gallé Adored: Glass from the Qing Imperial Collection
Émile Gallé (1846-1904 in Nancy) was a French Art Nouveau artist who worked in glass, and this exhibition looks at the Chinese Qing Imperial glassware that inspired him.
April 25 - July 1, 2018
1,300 yen for adults
English audio guide 500 yen.
10am-6pm, but 10am-8pm Friday and Saturday. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing time. Closed every Tuesday. In Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi.

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film
Yukinori Maeda: Splashed Ink Chii Ryugu Sansui-zu
Yukinori Maeda (b.1971) exhibits ink-splashed photographs that share the theme of rocks and stones washed as if by water or light.
June 30 – July 28, 2018
Free entry. 3F complex665 Building, 6-5-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032. 11am - 7pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays). 03 5575 5004

Cat Pix
Subtitled "Odd Space Renditions, The Love of Cats, Born of Feline Portraits," this exhibition is on at Gallery AaMo, inside Tokyo Dome City. Featured are whimsical art works - often in naive style - starring cats. See the cute cat-themed goods on sale at the exhibition. (N.B. can help you acquire goods like these if you are unable to make it to the exhibition itself or live overseas. Inquiries welcome.)
April 24 - July 8, 2018
1,300 yen for adults.
Mon-Fri 11am-9pm (last entry 8pm); Sat/Sun/public holidays 10am-9pm (last entry 8pm)
In Tokyo Dome City Tel. 03 3814 0109.

The Tobacco & Salt Museum
Modern Girl, Modern Boy: Modernity in Japan, 1920-40
Popular culture artifacts from the pre-War period that depicted modernity at the time (with portrayals, in particular, of cigarettes and smoking as symbols of modernity and sophistication).
April 21 - July 8, 2018
300 yen
In Sumida ward, just a little south of the Tokyo Skytree.

Toguri Museum of Art
Flower and Plant Designs in Imari Ware
About 80 Imari ware ceramic pieces that showcase aspects of Japan's rich botanical heritage and the Japanese people's appreciation of it.
July 4 – September 22, 2018
1,000 yen for adults
Ceramics museum in Shibuya 10am - 5pm. Last entry 30 mins before closing time. Closed Mondays (but open if Monday is a public holiday).

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
Maki'e: A Kaleidoscope of the Japanese Aesthetic
Focusing on Japanese lacquerware art decorated with makie
April 1 - July 2, 2018
1,300 yen for adults
In Hachioji. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Mondays except when a public holiday, when it closes on Tuesday.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
"65 landscape paintings from the 17th-20th centuries. From romantic images of myth and antiquity to scenes of rustic life and bustling Paris streets, and finally to boundless landscapes of the imagination."
April 14 – July 8, 2018
1,600 yen for adults at the door
Ueno Park. Tel. 03 3823 6921.
Open every day except Monday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (last entry 5:00 pm). Open until 8:00 pm (last entry 7:30 pm) on Fridays.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Benches of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples
Distinctive benches created by indigenous peoples of Brazil, from a single piece of wood, for various purposes including the religious and the everyday domestic. About 90 benches on display.
June 30 - September 17, 2018
1,200 yen for adults
10am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm). Second and fourth Wednesday (but open if the day falls on a national holiday, in which case closed the next day.) 100 yen for admission to the Museum garden.
.5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato, Tokyo 108-0071
Tel. 03 3443 0201

The Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park
Jomon: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan
The prehistoric Jomon era of Japanese history started probably about 13,000 years ago and lasted for approximately 10,000 years. View examples of Jomon art excavated from all over Japan. Includes ancient pottery contemporary with the Jomon Period from other parts of the world, too. In the Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries.
July 3 - September 2, 2018
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 - 5pm (until 8pm Fri, until 6pm Sat/Sun)
Entry until 30 min before closing time. Closed Mondays. 03 5159 5874. In Ueno Park.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Isamu Noguchi: from Sculpture to Body and Garden
Tying the threads together in the life and work of the Japanese American artist and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi (1904-88).
July 14 - September 24, 2018
1,200 yen for adults
11am - 7pm (till 8pm on Fri, Sat). Closed Mondays. In Hatsudai, 03 5280 9996

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
"Into the Pictures"
An exhibition collated from the Museum collection of a variety of works by different photographers, both street and landscape, designed to stimulate and satisfy an all-round interest in the art of photography.
May 12 - August 5, 2018
500 yen for adults
In Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Tel 03-3280-0099

Ueno Royal Museum (Ueno Mori Bijutsukan)
Numerous short-term exhibitions run concurrently at this museum. See the museum website for details.
1,000 yen for adults
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-6pm
In Ueno Park

University Art Museum - Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
See what's on now at the University Art Museum - Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. 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

Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
Rebel Without a Cause
About 100 works mainly from the Museum's collection, by 15 artists, that are a commentary on how we can and should fight for freedom.
April 7 - July 29, 2018
1,000 yen per single adult, 1,600 yen per couple.
11am-7pm (until 9pm on Wednesdays). Closed on Mondays.
In Jingumae. 03-3402-3001

Yayoi Kusama Museum
Here, Now, I have Reached the Grandest Start of My Life
The second exhibition for this recently opened museum for the grandmother of Japanese pop-art: Kusama Yayoi (b.1929).
April 1 - August 31, 2018
1,000 yen for adults (pre-bookings only, you cannot just turn up and gain entry)
In Bentencho, Shinjuku.

Yokohama Museum of Art
Monet’s Legacy
Several dozen early works by the French Impressionist painter, Claude Monet (1840-1926), are displayed alongside works by works in various genres by artists since his death, revealing interesting relationships. Four sections: Towards a New Type of Painting, Looking at the Formless, Homage to Monet, and Beyond the Frame.
July 14 - September 24, 2018
1,600 yen on the day 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

Infinity Books & Cafe Japan
Acoustic Open Session
A monthly get-together in this east-end Tokyo second-hand English bookshop for those with something musical to share or share in. Second Saturday of every month.
Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo-just across the bridge from Asakusa. Many other weekly music events are held too. See the Infinity Books & Cafe Facebook page Tel 080 3412 2564

Tokyo Festivals


Tokyo Events

Tokyo Dome, in Koishikawa, Tokyo

Akarenga "Red Brick Warehouse", Yokohama
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

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

Tokyo Music

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
Blue Note monthly schedule
In Minami Aoyama, nearest station: Omotesando Subway Station, exit B3, Chiyoda Line. 03 5485 0088.

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

Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Shibuya. 03-5485-0088.

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

Club Quattro
Club Quattro 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 more than 20-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
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.

SuperDeluxe SuperDeluxe monthly schedule Near Roppongi Hills. 03 5412 0515.

Tokyo Dome

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

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

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Ageha (Studio Coast) The final Shangri-La party was in December 2017. Watch this space for news of its replacement.

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

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 Flea Markets

Oedo Antique Market
A bustling event featuring everything from clothing, to bric-a-brac to treasures in the heart of Tokyo at one of the metropolis's most cutting edge venues.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month (occasionally cancelled if coinciding with another event, or in bad weather.)
At the Tokyo International Forum, outdoors, on the plaza between the glass lobby building and the main building.

Yasukuni Shrine Antique Market
A laid-back weekly Sunday market in the spacious grounds of Yasukuni Shrine.
8 a.m. - mid-afternoon, every Sunday.
At Yasukuni Shrine: 5 mins from Kudanshita Station (Hanzomon, Shinjuku, Tozai subway lines), 10 mins from east exit of Iidabashi Station (JR Chuo/Sobu line) (right out of the east exit and under the railway line)

Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market
A big, very popular weekly flea market in Shinagawa. Over a hundred stalls crowded with up to 2,000 treasure- and bargain-hunters.
10 am - 4 pm every Sunday
In the Atrium and Galleria of the Shop & Restaurant Building in the Shinagawa Intercity complex. A few minutes walk from the Konan Exit of Shinagawa Station.

Heiwajima Antique Show
A massive indoor market with decades of history, noted for its quality--happens five times a year for three days at a time. Next dates:
September 14, 15, 16 (Fri., Sat., Sun.), 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (but closes at 4 p.m. on the last day, meaning last entry at 3 p.m. on Sunday)
On the 2F of the Ryutsu Center Building, in front of Ryutsu Center Station on the Tokyo Monorail, Ota ward, Tokyo.

Tokyo Fairs

Most trade fairs in Tokyo happen at the Tokyo Big Sight venue in Ariake, Tokyo Bay. (See "Tokyo Big Sight Events").

Tokyo Sports What's On

Major Events


TokyoVerdy: Home games are played March to 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



Chunichi Dragons: Home games are played at Nagoya Dome. Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station on the Meijo Line.


Nagoya Grampus: Home games played at either Paloma Mizuho Stadium or Toyota Stadium. Mizuho Undojo Nishi or Toyota stations.

Kyoto Exhibits What's On

Hosomi Museum
Pictorial Quizzes in Edo
All about hanjie, a popular card pastime in the Edo period, whereby players would try to decipher the meanings of the pictures on the cards.
June 9 - August 19, 2018
1,300 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)
6-3 Okazaki-saishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. Tel. 075 752 5555.

Kyocera Museum of Art
Admission free.
10 am - 5 pm (last admission at 4:30 pm). Open every day.
The Museum's regular collection features Qianlong glassware from the Chinese Qing dynasty (18th century), 347 copper plate prints by Picasso on the theme of love for women, modern Japanese Nihonga paintings, Western-style paintings and sculptures by Japanese artists, and Kyocera fine ceramic Gyokuji tea utensils.
Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1st floor
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501
From Takeda Station (Kintetsu Kyoto Line or Karasuma Subway Line) take a Kyoto City bus from the northwest exit to Pulse Plaza Mae (5 minutes from Takeda Station).

Kyoto International Manga Museum
50 Years of Big Comic
Big Comic, first published by Shogakukan half a century ago, was a groundbreaking manga in that it opened the doors to manga for adults - until then strictly a children's genre.
June 9 - September 2, 2018
Accessible with general admission to the museum, 800 yen for adults.
10am-6pm (last admission 5:30pm). Tozai or Karasuma Subway Line, Oike Station, a two minute walk. 075 254 7414

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto Shi Bijutsu Kan)
Numerous exhibitions, mainly of Japanese art.
From Kyoto Station, take bus 5 or 100. From the Tozai Line's Higashiyama Station; a 5-minute walk. 075 771 4107

Kyoto National Museum (Kyoto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan)
No special exhibitions at present, but numerous thematic exhibitions at the Kyoto National Museum. (Click on one of the 13 themes on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors).
520 yen for adults for everything but special exhibitions
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
Red and Blue: Exploring the World of Sacred Colors
The significance of those two primal colors: red and blue (the latter of which is often conflated with green in Japanese culture) in Japanese art both ancient and modern.
June 30 - August 26, 2018
1,100 yen for adults
Miho Bijutsu Kan Tel. 0748 82 3411.
Access to and more about the Miho Museum of Art.

Museum of Kyoto
Nisio Isin Exhibition
Nisio Isin (b.1981) is the pen name of a Japanese novelist and manga writer, and is a leading figure of otaku culture.
July 7 - September 17, 2018
1,400 yen for adults
Closed Mondays. (Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan, 075 222 0888). Access to and more about the Museum of Kyoto.

Prinz Eizan Railways, Chayama Station. 075 712 3900.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MOMAK)
Yokoyama Taikan: the 150th Anniversary of his Birth
Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958) was a modernizer of Japanese painting, expanding the scope of traditional subject matter, innovating with and even modifying, traditional Japanese-style painting techniques.
June 8 – July 22, 2018
1,500 yen for adults.
Closed Mondays (except when Monday is a public holiday, when it closes Tuesday instead). Closed December 25 - January 4. (Kyoto Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan, 075 761 4111). From Kyoto Station, take bus #5. From the Tozai Line's Higashiyama Station, a five minute walk.

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

Kyoto Music What's On

Kyoto Kaikan Dai-ichi Hall: 0570 000 403.

Lab Tribe
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.

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

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 Flea Markets

Kyoto 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.

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