The National Art Center, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility: instead of maintaining a permanent collection, it makes the most of a total of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. Located in Tokyo, an international city that attracts people and ideas from all over Japan as well as the rest of the world, the NACT will provide people with opportunities to experience amazing and diverse expressions of creativity and contribute to bringing forth a new culture based on the idea of mutual understanding and partnership.
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Neighbourhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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  • Helmut
    Kirkland, Washington5,408 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous building and nice collection
    It was well worth swinging past the National Art Center. Not only his the architecture inside and outside stunning, the collection of calligraphy is absolutely beautiful. It also happened to have an exhibit from the Tate Modern, which was the cherry on the icing. Worth a visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • ZenDark30
    Portland, Oregon4,266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ever-changing Art
    With so many exhibitions to choose from some of which required a pre-paid ticket and others were free, it was helpful for us to choose which exhibitions to see. It’s a large building that is architecturally interesting with coffee shops and restaurants to take a break. There are 3 floors of exhibits. There is limited English brochures depending upon the exhibit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Paddy M
    Miami, Florida218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Henri Matisse- Forms in Blue
    Last time I visited, they had a huge retrospective of the Japanese painter Yayoi Kusama. This time was no less exciting with the life work of Henri Matisse. Everything is there from his very first student painting through to full a scale model and recreation of the Rosary Chapel in Vence. This exhibition is everything an overview should be and the audio guide takes you effortlessly through the exhibition spaces. there is so much to linger over.. As a result, this summer I am going to take myself to the Matisse museum in Nice and then to the Rosary Chapel in Vence.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2024
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Paddy M
Miami, FL218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Last time I visited, they had a huge retrospective of the Japanese painter Yayoi Kusama. This time was no less exciting with the life work of Henri Matisse. Everything is there from his very first student painting through to full a scale model and recreation of the Rosary Chapel in Vence. This exhibition is everything an overview should be and the audio guide takes you effortlessly through the exhibition spaces. there is so much to linger over.. As a result, this summer I am going to take myself to the Matisse museum in Nice and then to the Rosary Chapel in Vence.
Written 22 April 2024
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Yuko K
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The museum is very beautiful and the shop is very cool. Some of the shop clerks are kind but one was very scary and angry. She slammed the drawer, threw her pen down in an aggressive manner when I told her these socks were for American friends. It seems like the clerks are stressed from the customer service that foreigners ask for not knowing the customs, etiquette and language of Japan.
Written 14 January 2024
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR4 266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
With so many exhibitions to choose from some of which required a pre-paid ticket and others were free, it was helpful for us to choose which exhibitions to see. It’s a large building that is architecturally interesting with coffee shops and restaurants to take a break. There are 3 floors of exhibits. There is limited English brochures depending upon the exhibit.
Written 4 December 2023
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3DDavid
Culver City, CA33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It's a beautiful building, and free to visit the building. However, there are no permanent art exhibits, and every exhibit area has a separate admission price to visit. So check the web site before you go to see if there are exhibits that interest you and the prices.
Written 15 October 2023
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Helmut
Kirkland, WA5 408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
It was well worth swinging past the National Art Center. Not only his the architecture inside and outside stunning, the collection of calligraphy is absolutely beautiful. It also happened to have an exhibit from the Tate Modern, which was the cherry on the icing. Worth a visit!
Written 21 July 2023
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Kieran S
Australia Plains, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It is free to enter the building but you have to pay to see any exhibit. Most of them seem to be around ¥700, and the one I’ve been too was absolutely worth it. Definitely come back to see more.
Written 2 July 2023
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Alasdair M
Edinburgh, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Spectacular building inside and out with good selection of exhibitions. Chose one to avoid overloading the senses. Great watercolour exhibition of contest wining artists! Nice options for food and drink.
Written 26 May 2023
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wonderfullife2022
Tokyo, Japan7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
A lot of great paintings and photos there.
A fashionable sweets in restaurant also they have.Equipment very clean.
Written 1 April 2022
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John Vail
Vernon Hills, IL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Come here even if just to see the architecture! I always enjoy the (inexpensive) national contest shows of Japanese artist leagues... not every piece is good, of course, but there are many gems. The lines for the traveling shows (the center has no art of its own) are usually long. The coffee shop on the upper mezzanine is nice.
Written 31 December 2021
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John Vail
Vernon Hills, IL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
It does not have its own collection but exhibits shows that travel around the world and also local professional artist contests/curations (fee usually is around 1000 yen), which vary from modern paintings to calligraphy, most of which, but certainly not all, are outstanding, and at least very interesting if you are not a snob and if you appreciate Japanese sensibilities. The building itself is a piece of art and seldom crowded, with a fancy French restaurant on a large column in the lobby, a similarly perched light fare and sweets restaurant, and some other places to eat. The azaleas at the entrance are glorious in season.
Written 22 July 2021
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