Up on the 12th floor of Uniqlo wondering what on earth you’re doing? Already ate lunch, so you aren’t hungry? Take a break from the crowds and the spending and the eating and fit in some art! Cool galleries are interspersed all through Ginza -- here are five that I make sure to visit when I’m in the area.
Galleries close during exhibition change over so check online before visiting to ensure the gallery’s open.
Most galleries have handouts in both English and Japanese. If you are interested in purchasing an item, there should be a price list and if there isn’t one, just ask.
In general, galleries allow photographs.
How much money?
Admission is free!
A small contemporary art gallery right next to Tatsuya Books.
GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Open daily 11:00 - 19:00
ginza graphic gallery
A larger space dedicated to graphic design.
DNP Ginza Building 1F, 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Open daily 11:00 - 19:00, closed Sundays
Ginza Maison Hermès Le Forum
Located on the eighth floor of the glass block Hermès building. You have to walk through the somewhat intimidating store to get to the elevator.
Maison Hermès 8F, 5-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Open daily 11:00 - 20:00, closed at 19:00 Sundays
Pola Museum Annex
While this is technically a museum, the space is used like a gallery with exhibitions by contemporary artists.
Pola Ginza Building 3F, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Open daily 11: 00 - 20:00
https://www.po-holdings.co.jp/m-annex/ (in Japanese)
Chanel Nexus Hall
They host numerous concerts and various exhibitions, principally focused on photography.
CHANEL GINZA Building 4F, 5-3-3 Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Open daily 12:00 - 19:30