The National Art Center, Tokyo, Minato

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Art and architecture enthusiasts should not miss the chance to visit The National Art Center, Tokyo. The center, opened in 2007, is noted for being an empty museum, meaning it doesn’t feature a permanent collection. Admire the imposing modern building, designed by Kisho Kurokawa and boasting a striking wavy glass facade. Step inside to admire the interior of the building, view one of the popular temporary displays, or check out the gift shop, restaurant, and cafe. Before you head to Tokyo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tokyo trip builder website , to make sure you see all that Tokyo has to offer, including The National Art Center, Tokyo.
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  • Took the walk to the National Art Centre and on arrival were told we could only enter one of the halls. Still don't know why. Then when we found the one hall we could enter, we were told we can't ente...  more »
  • Once we had found this building we really enjoyed walking around it. Very good exhibitions spaces and a really good choice of restaurants. Enjoyed the Tadao Ando exhibition.  more »
  • Because it was the last day at the popular exhibition, it was very crowded. Swamped is in no way crowded exhibit more than one and those who buy souvenirs in the Museum of fine arts, was confused. That can be expected and wanted up against a little bit more.
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  • Lots of free exhibitions of traditional and not so traditional art and calligraphy when I went. It's also a very pleasant space. Two cafes and a restaurant. Temporary exhibitions are more expensive (I think I paid 1600 yen for a Giachometti exhibition) but it was tasteful, informative and generally very good.
  • Visited the Muncha exhibition. Very crowded. Never seen such a creative way to route the queue. Why not sell time-slot tickets? The exhibition itself: huge patriotic religious pictures. Some more historic explaination would have done well.
  • The coolest art museum I've ever been to. Architecturally the place is a marvel; spacious, well designed, silent and just feels nice to the eye. I cannot talk much about exhibits since they're all temporary, but the ones I saw (pictures attached to this comment) were very interesting. Definitely a place to visit while in Tokyo.
  • A wonderful building to visit with temporary exhibits. We saw the Mucha installation and it was stunning. Typical large crowd and cramped feeling including small gift shop and toilets. Need to buy a ticket at the entrance.
  • This place isn't free in case you were wondering. The art center is basically a huge building with multiple exhibitions and each one requires you to purchase a ticket (each exhibition differs in price and range between 800 yen and up). The staff did mention that if you purchase a ticket you get a discount on the next ticket. I personally didn't think it was worth paying $$$ so just walked around the building and took some pictures of the cool architecture.

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