Yayoi Kusama Museum

Yayoi Kusama Museum, Shinjuku: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Yayoi Kusama Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Yayoi Kusama Museum
3.5
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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Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
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.

3.5
96 reviews
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Jerry G
Coppell, TX488 contributions
Over hyped ....
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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Dr_Bingcarlos
Quezon City, Philippines583 contributions
Limited exhibits!
Nov 2019
My daughter urged us to visit this museum as she was very interested in one particular work of art. However, when we got there, the artwork was no longer on display. There was also a limited number of pieces on exhibit and only two which one could take a picture of. Since this museum is far from a train station, it was a rather long walk. The art pieces were lovely but not really that mind-blowing! One could skip this place unless you are a fan of Yayoi Kusama.
Written February 11, 2020
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Ginny D
Bristol, UK259 contributions
Yayoi Kusama
Dec 2019 • Friends
I’m a huge fan of Kusama’s work so had a great visit. The exhibitions were really interesting and there seems to have been more installations added when I visited so I’m not sure I agree with all these negative reviews! The museum is small but very enjoyable and exclusive.
Written January 14, 2020
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WorldTraveler639
Montreal, Canada180 contributions
Such a disappointment!
Dec 2019
As the other reviews state, this museum is such a disappointment. There is barely any artwork on display and you can visit the whole thing in 15 minutes or less. We were so, so bummed... there isn't even an infinity room. Come on!
Written January 7, 2020
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Kate
1 contribution
Waste of time and money
Dec 2019
Big time money investment for no return. Completed the ‘tour’ in 10 minutes. Two of the four floors had only one artwork. Very disappointed. Difficult to get to, nothing else around the area. Had to pre purchase tickets, despite hardly anyone turning up and most people leaving quicker then we did. We did attend the Digital Art Museum the day before and stayed for five hours. Don’t waste your time.
Written December 20, 2019
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Lynkster
Australia253 contributions
Small museum
Nov 2019
The museum is quite small, with several floors showing Kusama's work, which you could probably complete within the hour. If you're a great fan of her work, this would still be a worthwhile visit, but temper your expectations about the size of the collection in this rather small art gallery when you visit. It is certainly popular despite the size, and tickets have to be bought in advance and are timed for crowd control, although we went during the week and did not encounter large groups of people.
Written December 9, 2019
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MeandHeTravel
New York City, NY549 contributions
Disappointing
Nov 2019
Compared to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit in Matsumoto, we found the new museum in Tokyo to be quite disappointing. Having bought tickets in advance, still waited on line, with crowded small spaces and difficult access, we were disappointed. The works on display were far fewer as less appealing than one would expect from a dedicated museum. And its not that easy to get to with nothing else in the area to tie it to so its a big investment of time, especially if you are in Tokyo for a short time. We were on a six week stay but felt disappointed, especially after seeing a really fine, large exhibition of her work at the City Art Museum in Matsumoto - which was beautifully curated and just fabulous.

We agree with other reviews here that if you've seen other wonderful exhibits of this artist's works, the museum is a truly disappointing, underwhelming experience.
Written December 8, 2019
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Cemre E
Istanbul, Turkey258 contributions
TOTAL RIP-OFF
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
Spend 15 minutes here
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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flitzaround
Melbourne, Australia84 contributions
Yayoi Kusama museum
Nov 2019 • Solo
Very disappointing. Perhaps it’s because I’ve seen several of her exhibitions which have been fantastic that I was totally underwhelmed. I loved reading the newspaper articles from the 60’s in the USA, but would suggest that these could be enlarged and displayed around the museum where there are plenty of spaces to do so. The problem was that we were all crowded around trying to read them, which was difficult. The “shop” is disappointing too... not a book in sight, just the touristy souvenir baubles.
Spoil yourself and watch the movie “Kusama-Infinity” (YouTube) to learn more about how this wonderful artist was copied by the likes of Warhol, Oldenberg, and Samaras, securing their fame at her expense; and endured racism and sexism from the gallerists and dealers.
Written November 8, 2019
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