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Design Festa Gallery

3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3479-1442
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Arty place hidden in Harajuku

If you are into art, you might want to have a look at this place. Many arts are exhibited in... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
Peter-CR-Chen
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
via mobile
Local artists on show

This gallery is hidden down a quiet street in Harajuku. There are several rooms that local artists... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
Suzanne B
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Melbourne, Australia
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Founded in 1998, there is something for everyone and more between the Design Festa Gallery's two buildings, 21 showrooms, restaurant, cafe, bar and constant rotation of special-theme, group, school and independent exhibitions that feature professional and amateur, elementary school aged, retired, traditional and genre redefining artists alike.Welcoming over 80,000 visitors annually, the Design Festa Gallery is unpredictable, unregulated, uncensored and hosts both domestic and foreign artists, serving as Japan's single most diverse mecca of artistic expression.
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6 Apr 2018
“Arty place hidden in Harajuku”
3 Jul 2017
“Local artists on show”
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3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Shibuya, Harajuku, Ebisu
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+81 3-3479-1442
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

If you are into art, you might want to have a look at this place. Many arts are exhibited in this place and it’s free to visit this place, you can come here after visiting meiji shrine and Takeshita Street. There is a cafe and...More

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Ayumi M, staff at Design Festa Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Peter-CR-Chen, Thank you so much for visiting here and we are glad to have your review about our place. Art works exhibited here are by various artists including students of Art colleges in Japan and from all over the world. You could find any...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

This gallery is hidden down a quiet street in Harajuku. There are several rooms that local artists rent to display their work. On the day we visited one artist was there working on a painting. It is free to visit and very worthwhile.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

This little pearl is not so hard to find in the windling road of Harajuku, and it is a really cool place. Small shops where local artists have exhibitions and sell their art. Forget about Takeshita street, go here instead!

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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Beautiful architecture with unique design. We walked past it and couldn't resist taking some photos!

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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We were so glad that we found this gallery. There is some really nice art to see here, you also get to meet the artists. There is a nice little bar where you can get a drink and a snack. Some great grafitti and mural...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Not sure about the gallery itself, (didn't go in) but in the back of the building is DF cafe & bar. This place is super chill, great place to hang out and grab a beer / snack. Really cool staff & ppl hanging out.

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Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

I really love this place close to the busy harajuku street. It's so a peaceful place with good vibes. You should go there to see the Japanese creativity. Plus,there is an all you can eat okonomiyaki restaurant!

1  Thank DanyChhh
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Reviewed 2 March 2015

If you are in Harajuku and have an interest in local art, check out Design Festa. The art gallery rents out rooms, so anyone can show their work (including ametuers and students), and it will be different every day. I go every time I'm in...More

Thank Tina H
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Ayumi M, 海外広報担当 at Design Festa Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2015

Thank you very much for visiting us! Many of us can speak English and we are very welcome all nations' guests. We are also happy to answer any simple questions. As you mentioned about struggling to find out the way to each wings, we will...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2014

Absolutely loved this little gallery, and I will definitely go back if I'm ever in Tokyo again. I loved the huge range of art, as well as the layout and eccentric design of the gallery itself. I loved seeing the passion that had gone into...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Have absolutely no idea what this gallery was about. A ramshackle group of supposedly whacky buildings, within which were individual rooms, housing a variety of .... well to be honest .... mostly we'd no idea. There was an area devoted to everyday objects - watches,...More

1  Thank elsiek
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