It can get exhausting walking around Tokyo. There are very few areas that have gathered art galleries and you might not feel like navigating yourself through a mapped plan. There are a couple of complex / buildings that have collective art galleries, art & design shops, art organizations, art schools, and art & design show rooms. These buildings will allow you to spend a good amount of time walking around at one destination.
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3331 Arts Chiyoda B
Open: Main Building 10:00 ~ 21:00 everyday (closed obon and New Years) | 1F Gallery 12:00 ~ 19:00 (closed Tuesdays)
Location: 6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 101-0021 (Google Maps)
3331 is an active hub hosting a wide range of creative events and exhibitions serving new forms of expressions. In it’s huge renovated space, formerly a high school building, they host galleries, shops, workshops, rooms for meetings and discussions, an artist in residency space, a cafe / restaurant / bar, a communal organic rooftop garden, and a library specializing in art zines across Japan. 3331 pioneers in developing serious contemporary artists, but also makes itself accessible to the local community through yoga classes and workshops for kids. It is recommended that you check their website for detailed open hours if you would like to enjoy their cafe / restaurant / bar.
Design Festa Gallery B
Open: 10:00 – 19:00 everyday
Adress: 3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 (Google Maps)
Design Festa is one of the largest arts festival in Asia. If you are not in Tokyo during their crazy festival, don’t worry. They operate a large gallery building in Harajuku throughout the year and it’s well worth a visit just for it’s unique space. This renovated building holds multiple rooms for solo shows, fashion show rooms, group shows, to individual art pieces. Their wall murals indoors and outdoors change time to time, with even the bathroom being a burst of visual stimulation. Don’t miss their second floor and separated gallery space on the other side of the building. If you need a break there is Design Festa Cafe & Bar (J) where you can enjoy drinks for very reasonable prices. Connected to this gallery is also a restaurant called Sakura Tei (B) where you can enjoy Japanese okomiyaki & monjayaki in rooms filled with wonderful art by artists from Design Festa. (Sakura Tei is also very reasonably priced and I would recommended going with a group of people!)
AXIS is a great place to visit if you are interested in cutting edge design. Their space exhibits a wide range of creativity from contemporary art to new forms of design. An ideal spot for browsing and shopping the latest designer trends, there are many high end stores filled with household goods, furniture, stationary goods, custom car tools, sound systems, cooking tools, and much more. JIDA (B) (Japan Industrial Designers’ Association) has their very own JIDA Design Museum which is also worth a visit too. Brasserie Va-tout (E) on the first floor provides casual french and offers great deals for lunch. If you are interested in simple yet fine Japanese food, on their basement floor is the high-end restaurant Hishinuma (E) which won two Micheline stars.
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Open: 12:00 ~ 20:00 hours may vary depending on store (closed Mondays /holiday Mondays open but closed on following Tuesdays)
Address: 1 Chome-18-4 Ebisu Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Google map)