Roppongi is known for its skeezy nightlife and drunken tourists, but it also has a couple of provocative museums, an interesting art night, and the best holiday illuminations in Tokyo.
The Mori Museum curates exhibitions that often blur the line between art, design and fashion.
Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (Last entry 21:30), Tuesdays: 10:00 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:30)
Open: Seven days a week, (closes early on Tuesdays), on the day after national holidays, during exhibition installation, and from December 29 – January 3. Open on other holidays.
Admission: Adults: ¥1500, High school & college students: ¥1000, Children (4 – Middle school): ¥500
Their exhibition schedule is here.
And once a year, the Mori sponsors an all-night event in and around Roppongi Hills, featuring emerging artists.
For upcoming Roppongi Art Night schedules, check the Tokyo Cheapo or TimeOut Tokyo websites.
The National Art Center has no permanent collection, but hosts an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, photography and performance art exhibits.
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Last entry 17:30)
Open: Closed Tuesdays, and on the day after national holidays, during exhibition installation, and from December 29 – January 3. Open on other holidays.
Admission: Price varies by exhibition. Check here for exhibition schedule
And later in the year – from mid-November to mid-December – Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown put on truly jaw-dropping holiday light shows.
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