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Explore Shinjuku’s Art Museums on Culture Day!

Sep 04, 2019

Did you know that Culture Day is a holiday that is celebrated in Japan on November 3rd?

The purpose of this day is to promote cultural activities within the country. Thus, many cultural events are held on this day, and several museums have free admission. In this article, we will introduce you to some art museums in the Shinjuku area. Learn more about the arts this Culture Day and enjoy your time at a peaceful art museum!

Seiji Togo Memorial - Sonpo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art

The Seiji Togo Memorial - Sonpo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art is an art museum located in one of Nishi-Shinjuku’s many skyscrapers. The museum’s permanent collection features art from Seiji Togo, a Japanese artist who specialized in oil paintings. There are other major works from post-impressionism artists included in the permanent collection, including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. There are also limited-time exhibitions that you can enjoy, as well as the gorgeous view from the 42nd floor of the building.

*In order to prepare for the move to a new location, the Seiji Togo Memorial - Sonpo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art will be closed until Friday, February 14, 2020.

Seiji Togo Memorial - Sonpo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Address: Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters Building 42nd floor 1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operations: 10:00AM-6:00PM (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (open if the Monday is a national holiday), New Year’s holidays and periodically during the changing of exhibits
Telephone Number: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial Service)
Admissions fees vary by exhibit. Please see the official site for details.
Official website: https://www.sjnk-museum.org/en/

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is located on the third floor of a multi-purpose cultural facility. They hold special exhibitions four times a year with a focus on modern art. Painting, sculptures, photographs, videos, architecture, fashion, and design are all mediums that are featured in the museum. The high ceiling allows for especially dynamic installations, so the space transforms each time a new exhibition starts.

The regular collection features artwork from Japan’s famous oil painters Tatsuoki Nanbata and the Fumio Family. They also have the Terada Collection, a collection of approximately 3,700 pieces of artwork that is stored in the museum. The pieces of this collection that are on display change depending on the theme. You can also see Project N, a project that features up-and-coming young artists that started because of the dying wish of Tatsuoki Nanbata, at this museum.

Since 1999, the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery has featured modern arts spanning many different genres and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. They hope to introduce even more new art through their future exhibits.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Address: 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Telephone Number: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial Service)
Hours of Operation: 11:00AM-7:00PM, Fridays and Saturdays 11:00AM-8:00PM (final entry is 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays, when the exhibit is changing, New Years Holidays, the second Sunday in February, the first Sunday in August
Location: 5-minute walk from the East Exit of Hatsudai Station on the Keio New Line
14-minute walk from Sangubashi Station on the Odakyu Line
Website: https://www.operacity.jp/en/ag/

In order to experience culture, why not spend this Culture Day at an art museum? If you love going to art museums then it’s a must, but if you’re someone who doesn’t go that often take the time to find a museum that you can have fun with your friends at. Learn more about Japan’s culture at art museums, and enjoy talking with your friends about topics that don’t come up very often. Be sure to enjoy different aspects of culture this Culture Day.