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Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Hara Bijutsukan)

Shinagawa / Gotanda
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Address: 4-7-25 Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa 140-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3445-0651
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Tue 11:00 - 16:30
Wed 11:00 - 19:30
Thu - Sun 11:00 - 16:30

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This museum is walking distance to the Marriott where we were staying, and 15 minute walk from Shinagawa Station. It is in a building that was formerly a business tycoon's home... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 November 2015
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful 1938 Wantanabi-designed Showa style building. I was not a fan of the particular show during our visit, but the building is worth a visit if you're into architecture at all.

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Gold Coast
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

I have to agree with the last reviewer. My wife and I visited while Hara's permanent collection was being exhibited and I can say unequivocally that it was the worst boutique art gallery we have been to in Tokyo. To add insult to injury, it was not child-friendly - they would not allow baby strollers in the galleries, so we... More 

Thank Hanyut
Bay Area
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Well, it's 1,100 Y and u can tour it in 10 minutes. Literally a few rooms with maybe 4-6 pieces. Sculpture garden is an afterthought. Sodas are 6,500Y. Absolutely no reason to visit here not even for the architecture. Sorry, just being honest

1 Thank AiDa88
Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

This museum is walking distance to the Marriott where we were staying, and 15 minute walk from Shinagawa Station. It is in a building that was formerly a business tycoon's home. They have rotating exhibitions mostly of 20th century modernist artists as well as some promotions of new artists. While you are there, have lunch or a snack at the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

I saw a special exhibition--Nicholas Buffe, "The Dream of Polifilo." I loved the art. But for the admission, $11, I expect a little--no, a lot more. The "exhibtion" comprised several installations. That's it--several installations. Oh, and a few permanent pieces. The museum is small and the building awkward. The sculpture gardens have only a few ho-hum pieces. All in all,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

I'm no art expert, but I was more than impressed by the exhibits at this charming little museum. As the previous reviewers have mentioned, the space in this former residence has been very well utilised -it's got just the right amount of art, at the right spots. I especially enjoyed having a leisurely afternoon tea in the sculpture garden, alone... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

This is the type of boutique art museum that you want to go when you are feeling introspective. It is small but located in a stunning piece of art deco architecture and holds just enough pieces of artwork so that one can see everything at a leisurely pace. It's a great date spot too, with a whimsical ambience.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

An unexpected mansion, a beautiful garden with sculptures, a place that you would dream to leave in! This confidential museum is a good way to get out of the dictates of a visit in Tokyo and discover unexpected artists. The curator proposes a high level international contemporary art selection, please consult the program on the net to know what to... More 

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Ayase, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

I gave this museum only an average rating because much of one's experience is based on rotating exhibits. It can be fabulous at times and lacking at other times. Do you research and find out what exhibits are being held prior to going. That being said, the former private home is beautiful. It's located in a residential area making it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

Fantastic art deco mansion. The building itself and the interior decoration is so very nice. It's small compared to other major museums, so you won't feel terribly knackered after viewing whatever exhibition is on. The garden is well cared for and you' can spend some peaceful time there, too.

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In Shinagawa, an office district shares space with luxury residential buildings and the scene is constantly changing with rapid development. Ikedayama park and Togoshi park are great places to see beautiful traditional Japanese gardens with ponds, as well as enjoy the changing seasons. Shinagawa was a post and a port town during the Edo era and the lavish old Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples at Shinagawa and Ebara are very popular. It's a great place to get in touch with the old Edo atmosphere on a pleasure boat cruising along the canal. The neighboring area around Gotanda station is a study in modern contrasts filled with unique restaurants and a lively nightlife.
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