Tokyo International Forum 東京国際フォーラム
The Tokyo International Forum is a vast convention center, concert venue and exhibition space in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, bordering on the lively shopping and drinking Yurakucho area, and near Tokyo Station.
Tokyo International Forum is a cutting-edge art and convention center, Tokyo's largest, and striking in its architecture. Its long, towering glass lobby is the focal point of the complex, which was designed by the Uruguayan architect, Rafael Viñoly. The lobby, inspired by the shape of a boat, is the height of an 11-story building, blending ample air and sunlight into its glass and steel framework. The lobby is linked by underground passageways to the huge auditorium wing across the courtyard.
Tokyo International Forum is dotted with works of art, is the venue for a variegated program of shows, plays and musical performances, and has several restaurants and cafes.
Tokyo International Forum Facilities
Tokyo International Forum opened in 1996. The site was the former Tokyo metropolitan government building before the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters (known as "Tocho") relocated to Shinjuku in 1990.
Tokyo International Forum consists of seven halls, the main Exhibition Hall and 34 conference rooms surrounding a cool, tree-lined central plaza along with cafes, restaurants and shops. It houses the Mitsuo Aida Museum, Mitsuo Aida (1924-91) being a calligrapher/philosopher loved for his common touch. The conspicuous glass boat-shaped lobby is separated from the four large exhibition halls, A, B, C and D, by an elegant courtyard that is a favorite spot for Tokyoites to relax and meet up. Under the courtyard is a basement concourse linking the auditoriums and the lobby building.
Shops and restaurants include 4R Danish Cafe, Kobeya Dining, the Toh Ten Koh Chinese restaurant, the Forum Ticket Center, Levante Beer & Restaurant, JTB travel agency, Takara Sake Restaurant, Excelsior Cafe, Papa Milano Italian restaurant, Temomin Suite body care, a Family Mart convenience store and a Forum Art Shop selling Tokyo International Forum-themed goods.
Tokyo International Forum has various works of modern art installed throughout the complex by Japanese and international artists such as Yasuto Asuhina, Louis Bourgeois, Francesco Clemente, Peter Halley, Richard Long, Isamu Noguchi, Gerard Richter, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and Zao Wu-ki.
Tokyo International Forum Events
Hundreds of events held at Tokyo International Forum throughout the year.
Some of the most notable include the Oedo Antique Market, the largest outdoor antiques market in Japan that takes every first and third Sunday of the month in the plaza, the Tokyo International Audio Show, various Tokyo university graduation ceremonies, plus numerous classical and popular music concerts, ballet and other events.
For a full list of events see the official event calendar.
Tokyo International Forum Access
Tokyo International Forum is located close to Yurakucho Station (1 minute), and is just beyond Bic Camera if walking from Yurakucho Station. It is also accessible from Tokyo Station (7 minutes). An underground concourse runs from B1F to the JR Keiyo Line at Tokyo Station. Nearby Tokyo International Forum are the Tokia complex in the Tokyo Building, with four floors of dining, and the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.
The free Marunouchi Shuttle Bus stops in front of the nearby Shin Kokusai Building.
Hotels near Tokyo International Forum
The Yurakucho area is a good place to base yourself on any stay in Tokyo being only one stop south from Tokyo Station on the Yamanote Line.
See here for a full listing of hotel accommodation in the Yurakucho Station area including five-star hotels to budget lodgings.
Tokyo International Forum
5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome
Tel: 03 5221 9000