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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. Make The National Art Center, Tokyo a centerpiece of your Tokyo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.
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  • I went to the exhibition Yayoi Kusama. Watch 30 minutes and don't have enough time to buy a ticket two hours. Of 90 minutes and could not buy as souvenirs. Tokyo art Univ. graduation exhibition was seen. Believe that top Kyosho to Golden and seen in the morning and want to go. The tea at the underground restaurant.
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  • 草間彌生の個展へ。乃木坂駅直結で美術館にありがちな、入口までがめっちゃ遠いがなくてそれだけで嬉しい。たった一時間楽しみました。 I went to a new national museum to viewing Yayoi kusama.nogizaka stasion is very convenient.it's connected to the museum.  more »
  • I went to see the Yayoi Kusama's work. That was my first time going to this place, avant-garde and unapproachable like charges to look for in a good way with easy access also has not been spoilt completely and was. It is thought that reservations or restrictions required for the event, in this case, too many people buying tickets from 30 minutes up souvenir per hour was absolutely expected and popular.
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  • 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.
  • The actual building inside and outside are spectacular. About half of the exhibitions here are free which is nice, the other half are paid admission, which at the time of writing were about 500-800 yen each. The library on the third floor is quite interesting and worth a small look.
  • The easiest way to get there is taking the exit #6, the subway station is quite long so look for it before getting out to the street level. I got to see the Dali exhibition (Nov 2016). It felt crowded in a very uncomfortable way. Maybe the paintings were too close together. The idea of having secondary tiny rooms was a poor choice in terms of crowd flow. I think this is a common occurrence in this place as I saw quite a few locals with binoculars to get to see the painting better.
  • This is my favorite place in Japan if talking about postmodern architecture. The expositions are not that good but there's not entrance fee (there's just in the most important ones). I love the shop and the most elegant cafeteria I've ever been (B1) has delicious food on a budget.
  • Fantastic building. A few good exhibits consumable by non-Japanese speakers. Most of the exhibits when I visited would require Japanese language knowledge to enjoy.