5 Best Places to Buy Art in Tokyo
by Alicia Joy
With a rich history in the arts as well as a flourishing contemporary art scene, Tokyo is one of the best places in the world for art lovers. If you’re looking to buy a few Japanese art pieces for your own personal collection, check out these Tokyo galleries and shops dealing both contemporary and traditional Japanese art.
Mita Arts Gallery Tokyo
The Mita Arts ukiyo-e gallery in Jimbocho has been supplying Tokyoites with quality Japanese woodblock prints and paintings for over fifty years. For the serious art collector, the gallery carries plenty of original paintings dating back to the Edo Period as well as modern ukiyo-e adaptations from artists like Tsuraya Kokei.
How to get to Mita Arts Gallery
Name in Japanese: 三田アート画廊 (Mita āto garō)
Address: 4F, 1-10-1 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Open: 10:30am-6:00pm, closed Mondays and Sundays. More details here.
Transport: Minutes from Jimbocho metro station on the Hanzomon, Shinjuku and Mita lines.
Check out Walls Tokyo for interesting Japanese contemporary art pieces and wall decor. This large exhibition space is set up in a modern, industrial gallery in Hakusan, Bunkyo ward. In addition to exhibiting the art, Walls Tokyo makes it very easy for collectors to purchase pieces by selling the complete inventory online through their website.
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How to get to Walls Tokyo
Address: 2-14-18 Hakusan, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Open: Noon to 7:30pm Monday through Friday, 11:00am to 6:30pm Saturdays and Sundays. More details here.
Transport: 10-minute walk from Hakusan metro station on the Mita line.
Yamada Shoten Prints Tokyo
Tokyo Gallery Yamada Shoten sells a great variety of art and culture books, but houses a wonderful collection of woodblock prints and original art. If you’ve ever wanted to own ukiyo-e but were put off by the price tag, Yamada carries faithful and affordable reproduction prints to suit any taste.
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How to get to Yamada Shoten
Name in Japanese: 山田書店 (Yamada Shoten)
Address: 1-8-2 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Open: 10:30am to 6:30pm, closed Sundays. More details here.
Transport: Minutes from Jimbocho metro station on the Hanzomon, Shinjuku and Mita lines
The Container Tokyo
The Container is a gallery and shop located in Naka-Meguro, a neighborhood known for its hipster coffee shops and artsy clientele. The name comes from the store’s setup, which is located inside a repurposed shipping container inside a hair salon, Bross. Knowing that, it’ll come as no surprise that The Container carries mainly contemporary art. In addition to selling original art, they also carry art books, sculpture, clothes and other odds and ends.
How to get to The Container
Address: 1-8-30 Kami-Meguro Meguro, Tokyo
Open: 11:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 8:00pm Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Tuesdays. More details here.
Transport: Ten-minute walk from Naka-meguro metro station on the Hibiya and Tokyu-Toyoko lines
Gallery 360 is a small contemporary art gallery in the upscale Aoyama neighborhood. The gallery hosts exhibitions from Japanese and foreign artists and sells paintings, prints, posters and other wall art. They also stock new and antique books. Most paintings and art pieces are originals by the artist on display.
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How to get to Gallery 360
Address: 2F 5-1-27 Minami-Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo
Open: Noon to 7:00pm, closed Sundays. More details here.
Transport: Outside of Omotesando metro station on the Chiyoda, Ginza and Hanzomon lines