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
Wild: Untamed Mind
Curated by philosopher and anthropologist, Shinichi Nakazawa (b.1950), this exhibition looks into the significance of the "untamed mind" in achieving creativity and progress.
October 20, 2017 - February 4, 2018
1,100 yen for adults
10am-7pm (last entry 6:30pm)
Closed Tuesdays
At Tokyo Midtown.

Ancient Orient Museum
Year of the Dog
This "New Year Zodiac Exhibition" is all about the animal of the Chinese zodiac that represents 2018: the dog. Features a range of exhibits from the ancient Orient depicting humankind's best friend.
January 12 - February 9, 2018
600 yen for adults.
10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm), open every day. Closed December 26, 2017 - January 11, 2018
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.
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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
Koji Aoki: Winter Olympics Photojournalism: from Sarajevo 1984 to Sochi 2014
Koji Aoki is a prominent Japanese sports photographer, active since the mid-1970s. This exhibition is of photographs by Koji Aoki of the Winter Olympics from 1984 to 2014.
November 30, 2017 - February 3, 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
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
The Hosokawa Clan and the "Era of Peace": The 40 Years after the Battle of Sekigahara
An exhibition of historical materials - some never exhibited before - looking looking again at the role of two 16th century members of the Hosokawa clan in the age of peace introduced by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
December 9, 2017 - January 28, 2018
800 yen
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
Things we have to treasure, Things we have to share
Subtitled "Selected Works by Haga Hideo, Great Master of Folklore Photography." Hideo Haga (b. 1921) is best known as a photographer of festivals and folk culture. Numerous photos by this veteran photographer showing people in touch with the spirit of their land.
January 4 - March 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 May 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
My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection
Toshio Hara is the founder of the Hara Museum, and this exhibition: of his favorites from the museum's collection, is the first he has ever curated himself. Comprises works mainly from the 1970s and 1980s.
January 4 - March 31, 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.
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Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Iroe: Japan Cute!
Iroe (ee-ro-eh) is a delicately wrought, subtlely colored kind of ceramic art that was at its heyday in the Edo era of Japanese history, and championed by the potter Sakaida Kakiemon (1596-1666) who brought Chinese-style overglaze enameling to Japanese pottery. Blending cuteness, artistry and elegance, iroe found favor in the very highest ranks of Japanese society and even the aristocracy of Europe.
January 12 - March 25, 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).
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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).
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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
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
Asako Shimizu: Portrait Withiout a Face
Asako Shimizu (b.1969) is a Tokyo-based photograher who, in this exhibition, explores the nighttime beauty of factories, revelling in the disconnect between their spectral illuminated sublimity and the specific hard-nosed purpose for which they were built.
September 20 2017 - January 13 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
Byobu and Kakejiku
Byobu folding screens are decorative screens traditionally used to divide rooms in Japan, and kakejiku are scroll-type paintings to be hung on walls. Both are originally from China, but have become intrinsic items of Japanese culture. This exhibition is of exquisite classic Chinese examples of these beautiful home adornments.
October 4 2017 - January 21, 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)
Move: Getting Familiar with Living Things
The exhibition slogan is "Dive into the world of the MOVE picture book!", MOVE being an annually published book for children, now in its sixth year, that focuses in turn on different kinds of life, such as animals, birds and insects. The idea of this exhibition is the same as that behind the LIFE book series: to immerse kids in experiences that get them familiar with some of the other forms of life we share the planet with.
November 29 2017 - April 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
Hiroshi Kariya: It Is All About the One Piece, and Millions of Others
Japan-born Hiroshi Kariya (b.1948) has spent most of his life in New York. This exhibition features his work, Seed Sutra, which represents the artist's interest in the concept of the sutra as an inspiration to creativity.
January 13 - February 10, 2018
Ichigaya, Tokyo, 11am-7pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays). 03 3268 2500.
Read more about the Mizuma Art Gallery

Mori Art Museum
Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
Leandro Erlich (b.1973) is an Argentinian artist whose mission is to shake up and overturn conventional wisdom and expectations. His art, complete with optical illusions and sound effects, is - as the title suggests - guaranteed to surprise. More than 40 works, most of which are exhibited in Japan for the first time.
November 18, 2017 - April 1, 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
20th Domani: “The Art of Tomorrow” Exhibition
The latest "Domani" exhibition, which showcases the work of artists on the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. About a dozen young artists, mostly Japanese, working throughout the world.
January 13 - March 4, 2018
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.

National Film Center
Film History in Posters Part 3: Science Fiction and Monster Films
"Tracing the rich genealogy from classic masterpieces such as Metropolis (1926) and King Kong (1933), through Japanese monster films with outstanding special effects technology that attracted hardcore fans inside and outside of Japan from the first Godzilla in 1954, to new generations gaining power from the 1960s such as Stanley Kubrick, and the golden age of Sci-Fi film after the worldwide success of the Star Wars series from 1977."
January 4 - March 25, 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
Kumagai Morikazu: The Joy of Life
More than 200 paintings and sketches by one of Japan's longest lived artists, Kumagai Morikazu (1880-1977), who is known mainly for his remarkably life-like depictions of wildlife, especially birds. A look at how his apparently lighthanded approach was the result of extensive experimentation and acute observation.
December 1, 2017 - March 21, 2018
1,400 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
Cherishing Nature: Masterpieces of Japanese Modern Crafts
Masterpieces of modern Japanese crafts, with a wide variety of materials and mediums, many of them drawing on Japanese tradition. From the Museum collection.
December 1, 2017 - February 18, 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.
Ancient Civilization of the Andes
Every bit as grand and advanced in its architecture and organization as the ancient Egyptians, the ancient civilization of the Andes holds as much mystery and lure. This exhibition displays rarely seen treasures from this long-gone South American culture.
October 21 2017 - February 18 2018
1,600 yen for adults, 600 yen for school age
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
Hokusai and Japonisme
Tracing the influence of mainly ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) on Western artists such as Monet, Degas and the other Impressionists in paintings, prints, sculpture, posters and decorative arts.
21 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
1,600 yen for adults.
Getting to the Gates of Hell: Rodin’s Album Fenaille Drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy
Dark, lissome energy as portrayed by Auguste Rodin in original sketches, released originally only in a limited edition.
October 21 2017 – 28 January 2018
500 yen for adults. In the New Wing.
9.30am - 5.30pm, Fridays & Saturdays 9:30am - 8pm, Closed Mondays. 03 5777 8600.

Nezu Museum
Ink and Gold: Paintings of the Kano School
The Kano School of painting is from the Muromachi era of Japanese history, and became the style most valued by the rulers of Japan, right up to the Edo period. The phrase "ink and gold" sums up the various roots on which the Kano school drew on, and the scope of styles that it encompassed.
January 10 - February 12, 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 Plaza Shinjuku Gallery 1
Yuka Hoshino: Passion for the Picturesque 絶景恋愛
Yuka Hoshino travels Japan, capturing landscapes and seasonal beauty. Space and drama captured in richly colored, high-constrast photographs of striking beauty.
January 5 - 22, 2018
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
Ukiyoe with Impact: 150 years since the Meiji Restoration
Ukiyoe inspired by, and dating from, the events that shook Japan in the late 1860s, as the old feudal order was replaced by a constitutional monarchy, depicting battles from the time and scenes of the new Japan that followed.
January 5 - February 25, 2018
Closed Mondays.
1,000 yen for adults
Jingumae. 03 3403 0880.

SCAI The Bathhouse
Vajiko Chachkhiani: Moment In and Out of Time
Installation art by Georgian artist, Vajiko Chachkhiani (b.1985) using everyday bits and pieces, through which he attempts to shed light on the human condition.
26 January - 24 February, 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
Quintet Ⅳ: Five-Star Artists
83 recent or new works by Emiko Aoki, Miyuki Takenaka, Migiwa Tanaka, Misa Funai and Kumiko Moroi: five women whose work shares an abstract approach to art. The fourth in the Quintet series, introducing the work of young, rising Japanese artists.
January 13 - February 18, 2018
600 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
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
Sevres, 300 Creative Years: Porcelain for the French Court
The Manufacture nationale de Sèvres has been producing porcelain for over 300 years, and from its outset was closely related to the government of the day. This exhibition looks at the history of Sevres and, of course, examples of its output.
November 22, 2017 - January 28, 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
Group Exhibition
An unspecified "group exhibition," probably of works from the gallery collection as a filler for the next exhibition, of Shinpei Kusanagi works, starting February 17.
January 13 - February 10, 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

Over the Sailor Moon: Space Invites You
Subtitled "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon & TenQ," this exhibition is a collaboration with the Sailor Moon manga, which is celebrating its 25th year, and takes visitors through the solar system, with a fantastical Sailor Moon twist. Unique Sailor Moon goods for this event on sale here. (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.)
December 15, 2017 - April 15, 2018
2,300 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
Silk Crepe Handiworks
Toys and clothing accessories from throughout Japanese history fashioned from silk crepe: delicate, playful and beautiful.
January 23 - April 8, 2018
300 yen
In Sumida ward, just a little south of the Tokyo Skytree.

Toguri Museum of Art
Beautiful Glazes in Ko-Imari Ware
About 80 pieces of fine Imari ware china, displayed for their various glazes and glazing methods: celadon glaze, transparent glaze, ruriyū bluish glaze, and iron-brown sabi-yū glaze.
January 7 - March 21, 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
Higashiyama Kaii: From The Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery
Higashiyama Kaii (1908-99) was a Japanese painter known for his lyrical depictions of nature that were informed by, and a reaction to, the hardships of the Second World War.
January 2 - March 4, 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
Van Gogh & Japan
Over 40 works by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), who was greatly interested in Japanese art, especially ukiyo-e, along with several ukiyo-e paintings by Japanese artists, of the kind liked by van Gogh.
October 24 2017 – January 8 2018
1,300 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
Decoration Never Dies, Anyway
A comprehensive look at the concept of decoration through the works of seven very different artists: Wim Delvoye, Makiko Yamamoto, Nynke Koster, Yoshikazu Yamagata, Akiko & Masako Takada, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, and Kour Pour.
November 18, 2017 - February 25, 2018
¥1,100 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
The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan
Japan has an approximately six-century history of sword appreciation. As with guns, these instruments of injury and death have long wielded a fascination, which is celebrated and explained by this exhibition. Includes two 14th century katana that are National Treasures of Japan.
December 5, 2017 - February 25, 2018
620 yen
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
Hozumi Miyamoto: project N 70
Oil-on-canvas landscapes by Tokyo artist, Hozumi Miyamoto (b.1986), rendered as otherworldly, almost tortured, scenes.
January 13 - March 25, 2018
1,200 yen for adults
11am - 7pm (till 8pm on Fri, Sat). Closed Mondays. In Hatsudai, 03 5280 9996

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
New Japanese Artists No.14: Photographs of Innocence and Experience
Works by five photographers born in the 1980s/90s, Mari Katayama, Takahiro Kaneyama, Nozomi Suzuki, Shinpei Takeda, Erika Yoshino, reflecting very different takes on the world.
December 2, 2017 - January 28, 2018
700 yen for adults
In Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Tel 03-3280-0099

Ueno Royal Museum (Ueno Mori Bijutsukan)
Noriyoshi Ohrai: The Illustrator
Illustrations by Noriyoshi Ohrai (1935–2015), one of Japan's most famous illustrators, and who became internationally known for his design for the poster for the movie Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. Photography OK in some sections.
January 6 - February 4, 2018
1,600 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
Masaaki Miyasako: Reading Between the Lines
Masaaki Miyasako (b.1951) was born in Shimane Prefecture, and creates works of art in restrained but evocative tones that render ordinary scenes with an earthy, dreamlike quality.
January 4 - 17, 2018
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
Mike Kelley: Day is Done
Mike Kelley (1954-2012) was an American artist who used often apparently lighthearted materials, such as toys, to build powerful installations that aimed to "tear popular culture apart."
January 8 - March 31, 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
Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art
The introductory exhibition for this just-opened museum for the grandmother of Japanese pop-art: Kusama Yayoi (b.1929).
October 1 2017 - February 25 2018
1,000 yen for adults (pre-bookings only)
In Bentencho, Shinjuku.

Yokohama Museum of Art
Miyako Ishiuchi: Grain and Image
Miyako Ishiuchi (b.1947) is a long-active Japanese photographer who began her work in the 1970s. This exhibition is of works by the photographer that focus on textures, including the texture inherent in the grainy print development style that Ishiuchi favors.
December 9, 2017 - March 4, 2018
1,500 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. Next:
January 13 (Sat.), 2017, 7 pm till late.
All welcome. 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

Furusato Matsuri Tokyo
Fursato Matsuri Tokyo (Hometown Festival Tokyo) is the tenth such festival to be held, and features performances and food associated with festivals from all over Japan.
January 12 - 21, 2018
10am-9pm (but until 6pm on January 21)
1,800 yen for adults (same-day ticket)
900 yen after 4pm
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) Watch this space for news about the next Shangri-La party
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.

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:
March 2, 3, 4 (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
It All Starts with Jakuchu
A celebration of the works of the legendary Ito Jakuchu (1716–1800), whose works have become icons of Japanese art.
January 3 - February 25, 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
Quebec Comics
Featuring French-language comics from Quebec, Canada.
December 9, 2017 - February 13, 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
Miho Bijutsu Kan Tel. 0748 82 3411.
Access to and more about the Miho Musuem of Art.

Museum of Kyoto
Reproducing Great Treasures
Subtitled "A History of Cultural Properties: Benrido, Photography and Collotype Printing"
December 16, 2017 - January 28, 2018
1,000 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)
UPCOMING Van Gogh & Japan
Over 40 works by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), who was greatly interested in Japanese art, especially ukiyo-e, along with several ukiyo-e paintings by Japanese artists, of the kind that inspired van Gogh.
January 20 – March 4, 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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