“Empty museum” that is not so empty
The exhibition space at The National Art Center is known to be one of the largest in Japan, housing a number of exhibitions varying in genre. It is one of the few facilities in Japan that specializes in temporary exhibitions organized by curators and exhibitions presented by artist associations. It is essentially an “empty museum”, without any permanent collection, display, or curators.
The glass building, beautifully curved, was designed by the world famous Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa.
Aside from its function as a museum that houses exhibitions, it also functions as an art center, where you can learn about Japanese art and its history.
Enjoy the food along with all the art
In this facility, there are three cafes and one restaurant.
For an authentic French cuisine, head for “Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musee”. Here, you can enjoy dishes created by the famous French maestro, Paul Bocuse.
Aside from the regular course menu and the cafe menu, there are occasional collaboration menus that are themed to the exhibition being held at the time.
The restaurant remains open after the museum closes, so it is possible to go to just the restaurant as well.
Get some souvenirs from Tokyo at “Souvenir From Tokyo”
At “Souvenir From Tokyo”, a museum shop located in the building, there is a wide selection of items created by artists from all over the world.
The designs of these items are simple yet unique and sophisticated. You can also purchase collaboration sweets that were created with one of Tokyo’s most prominent and long-established stores.
Even if you are looking for souvenirs for family and friends, you will most likely find yourself getting some goodies for yourself as well.