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Address: 333 E 47th St, Btw. 1st and 2nd Aves, New York City, NY
Phone Number: 212/832-1155
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: American institution promotes understanding and relations between the...
American institution promotes understanding and relations between the United States and Japan through exhibits of traditional and contemporary Japanese art, films, performing arts, topical lectures and cultural exchange programs.
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A great gallery to visit for interesting exhibits.

Went to the cat exhibition at the Japan Society on 8th April 2015 and really enjoyed the wonderful exhibit. Went to this venue many years ago to see the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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15 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Went to the cat exhibition at the Japan Society on 8th April 2015 and really enjoyed the wonderful exhibit. Went to this venue many years ago to see the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit and the space inside is farm and always welcoming in such a great city ad NY is. The Cat exhibit on now is wonderful, rich in humour,... More 

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main line, pa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Allow yourself couple hours and make sure to see the cat print exhibit. Beautiful interior and staff was very helpful.

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Wilton, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went to see the exhibition on Cat art through the ages. Well curated, lots of interesting art we'd never seen before. The Japan Society staff were friendly and helpful. Good for a couple of diverting hours.

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Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
40 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Terrific exhibit of 120 Ukiyoe works where cats are part of the subject matter. Admission was reasonable and there was lots of elbow room. The works are world class. Not being a "cat person", the import of cats in this do period art really came through! Really worth seeing!!!

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New York City, New York
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245 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This was my first visit to the Japan Society, it will not be my last. The Society is ouse in a wonderfully constructed building that has had some major corporate sponsors of Japanese companies to foot some of the costs and maintenance and it is quite lovely. We attended a play in their auidtoirm which is an intimate, very comfortable... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My first visit to Japan Society in 2005 spurred my interest in Japanese contemporary art; I try to visit Japan Society to view the current exhibit whenever I am in NYC. "Garden of Unearthly Delights," on view through January 11, 2015, is one of the best I have seen here or at any contemporary art museum. The combination of historical... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

The Japan Society is a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of NYC. From the moment you enter this bit of Japan you are encased in a cocoon of quiet and peace. We attended the Edo Pop exhibit, an imaginative juxtaposition of traditional woodblock prints from the late 17th to 19th centuries with contemporary pop art that incorporates the... More 

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

While small, the Edo Pop exhibit was wonderful! If you have an interest in Japan and Japanese art, this is a must see. Get a tour if possible because the stories about the art are half the experience. We had the opportunity to visit with a docent who was very knowledgable and shared some of the ghost stories etc... with... More 

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

New York has these wonders and that's why we keep going back! Little jewels of great value that we discover and become a part of our collection, places we keep adding and recommending to our friends. As a part of our visit to the Armory Show this weekend, we hopped in a cab and crossed town to the UN Plaza... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Disappointing visit. Except for a paid exhibition there was nothing there to see. Considering we throught that the Society would have something to do,with fostering Japan/USA relations that there would have been more to see and do.

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