Yayoi Kusama Museum
Yayoi Kusama Museum
3.5
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Neighborhood: Shinjuku
Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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Jerome G
Coppell, TX595 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
No question about it, Yayoi Kussama is a talented artist who produces some amazing scenes. I have seen pictures of some of her works including the infinite pumpkins and anticipated the same at her museum. Well, there were a few, but nowhere near as striking as those she sends out for international exhibits.
The museum is remotely located and the process to obtain tickets and compliance with attendance times are all negatives to the experience.
Skip it.
Written March 30, 2020
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Tom B
Melbourne, Australia1,581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This boutique sized museum serves as an introduction to the works of Kusama, the gift shop is on the entry level. Remember to book on line, in advance. No cafe, but you can pop around the corner to the Soseki museum, as long as you are not allergic to cats.
Written January 7, 2024
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D T
Singapore, Singapore192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
I didn't mind the inconvenience of making my way here. Family didn't think ot was worth it though. It is a very limited exhibition. Been to the Yayoi Kusama exhibitions in Singapore, the Tate in London and The Broad in LA. Enjoyed another dotty experience.
Written December 27, 2022
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Tita J
Bangkok, Thailand7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
I really love her works. She is a talented artist. It’s good to visit. The building is not huge but very outstanding with with dots on the miror. It takes around 10 mins walk from the station. It would be better if there are more souvenir and collectable items to buy.
Written December 13, 2022
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO958 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
As a American who keeps seeing all of Yayoi Kusama's exhibits tour all over the U.S., I was stoked to get to go to her new museum in Tokyo. The museum is small, with 4 floors. The first two are paintings, the 3rd is a mini infinity room (disappointing), and the 4th is a single pumpkin sculpture. I find it strange that her touring exhibits are seem better then the ones in her actual museum.
Written May 20, 2018
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Pearl T
Palo Alto, CA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
Timed tickets were difficult to get from the museum because they need to be purchased 2 months+ ahead of time. I went to a re-sale site to buy tickets. I don't speak Japanese and I was afraid I couldn't follow directions to the museum but it was only a 5-6 minute walk from the E4 stop on the Toemi-Oeide metro line. The polka dots on the modern building told me that I had arrived. Not a huge collection but a representation of a lot of her work. Looking at the books in the browsing library on the 5th floor filled in what was not on display. With timed tickets the museum wasn't crowded and you could take your time and/or re-visit parts of the exhibit. If you like avant garde art, Yayoi has a lot to say.
Written May 2, 2018
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Cemre
Istanbul, Türkiye282 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
I usually read reviews for museums for thinking this one would be amazing, I didn’t. I wish I had because I ended up losing half of my day for a museum that’s not even like one. The floors are tiny and nothing proper to see. They don’t let you take pictures of the first two floors, we believe that’s because they don’t want potential visitors to see that there’s not much to see. Don’t visit, keep your 1000 yen per person in your pocket and use it for a better cause.
Written November 28, 2019
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patricia a
Los Angeles, California28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I wanted to go to the island of Nishiyama to see this artist's work, but could not. So I booked timed entry for my husband, adult daughter and myself during our stay in Tokyo. The website explains don't come before your booking time because there is no place to wait. THEY ARE SERIOUS! The museum is on a busy road, which has major construction on it. The museum is tiny. You can see everything and loiter and not spend more than 45 minutes, if you don't read Japanese. But it is beautiful and a lovely showcase for her art. You walk up the spiral staircase to an exhibit on each floor. At the rooftop, level 5 you take the elevator down to the tiny lobby. The building itself is a jewel.
Written November 14, 2019
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rebeccajhoy
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
My friend and I were so excited for this museum - we had expectations being fans of Kusama's work.

First of all, this museum is TINY. 5 floors and you can count the number of works on 2 hands.
The first 2 floors are okay - a few larger, colourful paintings which are nice. 3rd and 4th floors feature smaller works based on pumpkins - one was meant to be a 'infinity room'. (Its actually a glass box in a dark room with some light up pumpkins inside.) And the 5th floor.. was a big pumpkin sculpture .. The best part about this museum was the view from the 5th floor.
After looking through the whole place (including reading every detail about the works as we went) we were finished within 20 minutes.
We were optimistic that the gift shop would at least have some post cards/mugs/etc with some of her other famous paintings on - we didn't give up hope. However, we were - again - left disappointed. The 'shop' has a few books and a few postcards. That's. It.

Overall, I would not recommend this museum. It's hard to get to, tickets are hard to get, it's unexciting, small and (harsh) boring. Instead, I suggest saving your money and using it to go and see one of her other exhibits. One which properly represents her interesting and infamous work.

Sorry Yayoi, still love your work. Just didn't love this museum.
Written November 15, 2018
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Rachel S
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Utter disappointment. Spent 15mins in total, no need for the 90mins allowance. I'm a huge fan and after visiting her exhibition in Singapore last year I was was looking forward to her museum in Tokyo. It had barely 5% of exhibits as compared to Singapore's exhibition and that's how we completed it in 15mins. Exhibits were spread out over 4 tiny rooms on different levels. There's no infinity room. Ground level only 1 exhibit, 2nd room consist of a few paintings from the early years and 2 short videos. 3rd room consists of some large paints, 4th room which I thought was infinity room but not. And level 5 was her one and only signature pumpkin. That was it. Wouldn't recommend making the efforts to get there, wasn't an easy find.
Written November 9, 2018
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