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
New Planet Photo City - William Klein and Photographers Living in the 22nd Century
Curated by photography critic and art historian, Toshiharu Ito (b.1950), this exhibition looks at works of the leading 20th century photographer William Klein (b.1928) and the decisive influence they have had on modern visual culture.
February 23 - June 10, 2018
1,100 yen for adults
10am-7pm (last entry 6:30pm)
Closed Tuesdays
At Tokyo Midtown.

Ancient Orient Museum
Twenty-five Years of Excavations in Bulgaria
The results of the Thracia investigation team from Tokai University, Japan, during a quarter of a century of excavation at the prehistoric site of Dyadovo in southeastern Bulgari aare presented through excavated finds, panels, video, and a maquette.
February 10 - March 25, 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
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 Chinese Porcelain: Tracing Chinese Pottery through Famous Works
Tracing the history of Chinese vessel making through an exhibition of outstanding works of pottery from Chinese antiquity.
February 10 - April 11, 2018
800 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
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.
Google Map to the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

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).
Google Map to the Isetan Department Store, Main Store

JCII Camera Museum
The Dawn of the Camera in Japan, 150 Years Ago
Covering the history of the camera in Japan, which goes right back to the birth of the camera in Europe in the mid-19th century. A fascinating look at history through rare photographic realia.
February 27 - June 24, 2018
300 yen. 10am - 5pm. Last entry 4:30pm. Closed Monday.
Near Kojimachi.

Japanese Sword Museum
Contemporary Swords and Artworks
The first exhibition at the newly reopened Japanese Sword Museum, subtitled "Ancient Techniques Inherited over the Generations." Fittingly for this new opening of this museum in a very contemporary building, this exhibition showcases recently created katana using the age-old techniques. Includes a section on sword mounting and polishing.
January 19 – March 25, 2018. 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
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
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
Old Imari Ware: Vessels of Splendor
Imari ceramics are from the town of Arita in Kyushu, and were a major export of Japan in the 17th and 18th centuries. This exhibition showcases the gorgeous representations in antique Amari ware of things from nature that made this genre of pottery so popular.
January 30 - May 20, 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
Masahiro Usami: Mandala in Cyprus
"Each work in this series features a central figure placed in the middle of the composition, as in Buddhist mandala images, and expresses the various elements that make up that person’s world-view." Pictures shot in Cypress based on this concept.
February 21 - March 24, 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
Impressionist Masterpieces from the E.G. Buehrle Collection, Zurich
64 masterpieces of Impressionist painting, part of the collection of Swiss businessman, Emil Georg Bührle (1890-1956), most on display for the first time in Japan.
February 14 – May 7, 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
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
Master Hands in the Meiji Period
Celebrating 40 years of the Museum, an exhibit of over 100 superb artworks from the Meiji Period of Japanese history, including Twelve Hawks produced by Suzuki Chokichi (1848–1919) produced for the Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.
March 1 - May 27, 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.
The Body: Challenging the Mystery
Mapping endeavors to examine that very intimate yet stubbornly impenetrable of mechanisms, the human body
March 13 - June 17, 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
Velazquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Masterpieces of mainly 17th century art from the Museo Nacional del Prado, which is the repository of the Royal Spanish Collection. This exhibition features dozens of these works, among them seven by the great Diego Velázquez (1599-1660).
February 24 – May 27, 2018
1,600 yen for adults
The Galerie Maeght and 20th Century Painters—Featuring Derrière le miroir
"Derrière le miroir" ("Behind the Mirror") was a post-war French art magazine created by the lithographer, Aime Maeght and his partner Marguerite Aime between 1946 and 1982. This exhibition is from their gallery, Galerie Maeght, and features works by famous 20th century artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and Wassily Kandinsky.
February 24 – May 27, 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
A Bouquet of Incense Containers
A collection of over 170 incense containers of various exquisite designs and materials, such containers being part of the tea ceremony paraphernalia.
February 22 - March 31, 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
Hirota's F Period
Over 60 black-and-white photos by Naotaka Hirota (b.1935), who is one of the world’s top railroad photographers. Taken during the 1960s using a Nikon F SLR camera.
January 5 – March 31, 2018
Free entry
In Shinagawa

Nikon Plaza Shinjuku Gallery 1
Yoshitaka Nakatani: Squirming Streets, Shinjuku 1955-2017
Photographs by Yoshitaka Nakatani (b.1937) showing life on the "squirming" streets of Tokyo's restless, bustling commercial and entertainment center of Shinjuku over the past six decades.
March 20 - April 9, 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
Cross-Dressers in Ukiyoe
Ukiyoe renditions of the cross-dressers of both sexes that were part of the landscape of old Japan.
March 2 - 25, 2018
Closed Mondays.
1,000 yen for adults
Jingumae. 03 3403 0880.

SCAI The Bathhouse
Bosco Sodi: Terra è stata stabilita
Installation art by New York-based artist, Bosco Sodi (b.1970) using natural materials such as brick and earth, through which he attempts to shed light on the human condition.
March 9 - April 21, 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
Face 2018
Over 70 entries from the 6th Outstanding Rising Artists Award competition.
February 24 - March 30, 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
La Parisienne: Portraying Women in the Capital of Culture, 1715-1965, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Over 120 works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, featuring depictions of women of Paris from the 18th to 20th centuries.
January 13 - April 1, 2018
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.

Suntory Museum of Art
Kan’ei Elegance: Edo-Period Court Culture and Enshu, Ninsei, and Tan’yū
Japanese artifacts reflecting the courtly culture of the Edo period, in the 1620s-40s, featuring works by three particularly famous creators, tea ceremony master Enshu Kobori, the ceramicist Ninsei Nonomura, and the painter Tan'yu Kano.
February 14 - April 8, 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
Yu and Ichiro Ogata: Unmanned
A series of videos that strikingly portray mechanization in modern society.
February 24 - March 31, 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
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
Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty
Over 100 works by various generations of the Brueghels, the Flemish painting dynasty that dominated European art in the 16th and 17th centuries
January 23 – April 1, 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
Walls That Talk: Stories from the Former Prince Asaka Residence
The building housing the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum was born out of artistic enthusiasm before WWII, and was the scene of political activity and negotiation after the war. This exhibition narrates that fascinating history.
March 21 - June 12, 2018
¥900 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
Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia
Hundreds of cultural treasures from Saudi Arabia, exhibited in Japan for the first time. Exhibits start from the prehistoric to the modern, illustrating Saudi Arabia's rich history as a link on the trading routes between East and West.
January 23 - May 13, 2018
620 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
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
Japanese Modernism: Painting in Light and the Rise of the "New Photo" Movement
Japanese photography in the 1930s was influenced by the anti-Expressionist Neue Sachlichkeit ("New Objectivity") movement that began in Germany, expressed in Japan as the Shinkoh Shashin (New-Style Photograph) movement. This exhibition provides an insight into this aspect of Japanese photographic and art history.
March 6 - May 6, 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)
Numerous short-term exhibitions run concurrently at this museum. See the museum website for details.
The Vision of Contemporary Art 2018
An exhibition of various artists showcasing the latest trends in art in Japan.
March 15 - 30, 2018
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
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
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
Nude: Nude Art from the Tate Collection
Showcasing over two centuries' of art from the Tate Collection of Great Britain, featuring the nude human form, across a range of media.
March 24 - June 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

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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:
May 3, 4, 5 (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
The Elegant Flower and Bird Paintings of the Edo Rimpa School
Rinpa was a 17th century school of Japanese painting from Kyoto that was revived two centuries later in 19th century Tokyo (then called the city of Edo), and contributed greatly to the birth of the Nihonga style of painting. This exhibition focuses on renditions of birds and flowers in this very influential school of Japanese painting.
March 3 - April 15, 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
Between Illusion and Reality
The results of a restoration project of numerous old manga works.
February 1 - May 27, 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
Sarugaku Masks, Shaping the Culture of Noh
Sarugaku was the name given to a range of entertainment performances, staged by traveling troupes, ranging from juggling to stage plays. Sarugaku is the precursor of today's noh and kyogen dramas. This exhibition is of 350 masks worn by sarugaku players, showing a fabulous range of emotions designed to connect with and electrify audiences.
March 10 - June 3, 2018
1,100 yen for adults
Miho Bijutsu Kan Tel. 0748 82 3411.
Access to and more about the Miho Musuem of Art.

Museum of Kyoto
Turner and the Poetics of Landscape
An overview of the works of J. M. W. Turner (1775 – 1851), one of Britain's and the world's most famous landscape painters,
February 17 - April 15, 2018
1,500 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)
The 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Period: Making and Designing Meiji Arts and Crafts
The modernization of Japan from 1868 was a wholly government-driven effort that affected every part of daily life. This endeavor extended to arts and crafts: their creation and marketing. This exhibition looks at post-Meiji Restoration 19th century Japanese arts and crafts were modernized.
March 20 - May 20, 2018
1,000 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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