Tokyo Re-Discovery

Exploring Art in Tokyo vol.1 

Sep 25 2015

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Tokyo's best art exhibitions for free! - Ginza, part 1 - 

There are many art museums in Tokyo. Have you, however, thought the entrance fees are unexpectedly high?


Don't give up appreciating art in Tokyo however tight your budget may be. There are many places in Tokyo where you can check the best art exhibitions for free!


Let's start with a gallery and a museum run by Japan's leading cosmetics companies on Ginza Chuo-dori, the main street in a world-renowned shopping district in Tokyo. 

The Shiseido Gallery


Look for a brick-red building that stands out in Ginza 8-chome, near the Shimbashi district. "The Shiseido Gallery" is in the first basement of "Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building," designed by a Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill.


The Gallery opened in 1919 is one of the oldest in existence art galleries in Japan. With the philosophy of "discovering and creating new value," the Gallery has been active in introducing contemporary art since 1990s. In 2001, the Gallery was relocated to the current location. With the five-meter ceiling height, it is one of the largest galleries in Ginza area.


After enjoying the art in the Gallery, do drop in for tea at a café in the same building. 

"Shiseido Parlour" is a pioneer of western cuisine in Japan who was the first to sell soda and ice cream in this country.


The Shiseido Gallery website (English)



Five minutes' walk toward Kyobashi district from the Ginza 4-chome crossing (where Wako and Mitsukoshi department stores are located) will take you to "POLA Ginza Building" in Ginza 1-chome. On the third floor of the building, whose façade is designed by an American designer, Chuck Hoberman, you will find "POLA MUSEUM ANNEX."


To offer visitors the opportunities to develop an aesthetic sense through art in the sophisticated town of Ginza, free exhibitions are being held year-round, open until 8 p.m.

This summer, a crowd gathered for the exhibition by a "plant hunter" Seijun Nishihata.

Their lastest exhibition "Walk Through the Crystal Universe" by an "ultra-technologist" group, teamLab, has also drawn much attention.


The concept of "POLA Ginza Building" is "beauty, art and gastronomy."

After enjoying art to your heart's content, why not have a rest at HIGASHIYA on the floor below? Their contemporised Wagashi (Japanese confectionery) is beautiful to look at and, needless to say, delicious.


POLA MUSEUM ANNEX website (Japanese only)



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Born and grew up in downtown Tokyo, she is the true lover of Tokyo’s traditional & unique culture. She does researches as she finds something interesting on streets.

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