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The National Art Center, Tokyo

7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 106-8558, Japan
+81 3-5777-8600
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Ranked #12 of 93 Attractions in Minato
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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Saitama-shi, Saitama, Japan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

as Japanese I felt it is very shame that the museum like this place had so over high recommendation in TA,first of all the price of ticket in any kind of exhibition in here is too too expensive. OK it is Tokyo,it is Roppongi but still I am wondering it should be more cheap or even as free as national... More

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This building is a fabulous design, and it is worth visiting just to see the building. We found it difficult to work out how things worked, at first, but we saw a sculpture exhibition and realised we had to pay to get in there, but the woman explained we could use the ticket to get into some of the other... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you are in the Roppongi area, it is worth to come here just for the building itself. Take a walk around the different floors and around the building. The museum is located next to Nogizaka station. Exhibitions change regularly, sometimes several are taking place at the same time. You can choose what to see. Make sure to check the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Paul Bocuse Musee is one of the famous French chef's franchised outlets in Japan, but you can give it a miss. It's more a lunch or tea place anyways. At night you are sitting in the middle of a darkened museum and after dinner you are escorted out by security so not a great sense of ending you dining experience.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Check the website to find out what exhibitions are on. It might be worth switching your schedule around in order to see a new exhibition.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

1. The building itself is beautiful. No entrance fee if you just want to walk around. Train Station Nogizaka on the Chiyoda Line has direct access at exit 6. Ticket office is right there if you are seeing an exhibition. 2. The restaurants in the inverted cones. The are a few places to eat to suit all budgets including the... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I love the interior and exterior architecture of The National Art Center. The museum has cafes sitting on inverted concrete cones and on the first level you can relax in the rocking chairs along the glass windows (It would be a great place to sit and read or take a rest during your city explorations). The gift shop was packed... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Great building with good sized galleries, but depends on what's on. Also, as it seems there is no permanent collection it can be expensive.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a great building, but probably not great enough to be worth the trip. Frankly I did not understand why it was virtually closed, it seems that only art with a entrance fee is allowed. I say be progressive, by all mean charge for entrance, but I thought the vast unused spaces should be given over to talent even... More

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NY, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I've seen some fascinating exhibits here, the kind that originate in great museums from around the world and don't always make it to NYC. From Russia, from the Netherlands -- you can tell there is a European bent to the curating. It's worth going for the architecture alone -- the tall glass outer wall undulates, creating an open, modern and... More

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