Best Photography Galleries, Museum & shops in Tokyo 2019

Hi, I’m Yusuke Nagata, one of the founders of Tokyo Street Photography Club (Tokyo-SPC).

If you are planning to come to Tokyo or you are already staying in Tokyo now, you should check these galleries, museum, book stores, bar & diner for photographers!

I rounded up 10 best places to visit, so here we go!

Best Museum and Galleries in Tokyo

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (TOP Museum)

TOP Museum is a most famous photographic museum in Tokyo. I like seeing great photographs here, but I have another reason to visit TOP Museum.

They have a library and there collections are so huge! And also you can use the library without a ticket of museum, so there is no charge to use the library. You can see many books of Daido Moriyama, Shomei Tomatsu, Ken Domon and other great photographers here.

Website: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Adress: Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (20:00 on Thursdays and Fridays)

Closing Day: Mondays (except when Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the museum is open and closed the following day)
Transport: Ebisu Station (1stop from Shibuya)

Gallery Place M

gallery place m

In Shinjuku-Gyoemmae staiton area, you can find many galleries of photography. One of the best galleries here is Place M.
Place M is managed by four photographers and one of them is Daido Moriyama. The exhibition in this gallery will be changed almost every week.
In the same building, there is RED photo gallery. You should check this too.

By the way, the building of this gallery looks like someone’s apartment, but you don’t need to hesitate to enter. haha

Website: Place M
Adress: Kindai bld, 3F 1 Chome-2-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 12:00 – 19:00 / seven days a week (except new year days)
Transport: Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station (You can walk from Shinjuku Station)

Sokyusya (Gallery & Book Store)

Gallery & Bookstore SOKYUSYA

Sokyusya is originally a publishing company and they have published many books of great Japanese photographers such as Daido Moriyama, Masahisa Fukase and Michio Yamauchi.

Sokyusya is still a publishing company but they are running a book store with a gallery. They have really beautiful books of photography. You MUST NOT miss visiting Sokyusya!

Website: Sokyusya (Only in Japanese)
Adress: 3F, 1-3-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 13:00 – 19:00
Transport: Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station (You can walk from Shinjuku Station)

Totem Pole Photo Gallery

Totem Pole Photo Gallery

Of course, you know Tokyo Camera Style, right? This Instagram account by photographer John Sypal shows many nice cameras spotted in Tokyo.

The reason why I’m writing about John Sypal is that he is one of the members of Totem Pole Photo Gallery. This gallery is a small but really comfortable space.
You can get here by the subway, but I recommend walking from Shinjuku Station. It takes 20 minutes but you can feel the unique atmosphere of Shinjuku.

Website: Totem Pole Photo Gallery (Only in Japanese)
Adress: 4 Chome-22 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 12:00 – 19:00 (except Monday)
Transport: Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station (You can walk from Shinjuku Station)

IMA Gallery

IMA gallery

IMA Gallery is operated by IMA project which began as a magazine in 2012. This gallery is introducing art photography and also they have a coffee stand “IMA Cafe” in the gallery, so you can enjoy art photographs and great coffee here.

This gallery is located in the bay area of Tokyo and there is a beautiful brewery restaurant “T.Y.HARBOR” nearby the gallery. If you are foodie, don’t miss it!

Website: IMA gallery
Adress: T33 Building 1F , 2-2-43 Higashi-Shinagawa Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
Open:11:00 – 19:00 (except Sunday and National holidays)

Transport: Tennozu Isle Station

Zen Foto Gallery

Zen Foto Gallery

Zen Foto Gallery is specialized in Asian photography to be a bridge between Japan and China. They also publish photography books and you can order from this page.

In Roppongi area, there are some gallery and museums like FUJIFILM SQUARE which is the gallery operated by FUJIFILM, The National Art Center and Mori Art Museum. So you can enjoy photography and art all day at Roppongi!

Website: Zen Foto Gallery
Adress: Piramide Bldg. 2F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 12:00 – 19:00 (except Sunday, Monday and National holidays)
Transport: Roppongi Station

AKIO NAGASAWA Gallery Ginza

Ginza is really nice place to do street photography. And when you visit Ginza, you should stop by at AKIO NAGASAWA Gallery.

AKIO NAGASAWA Gallery is a Ginza Tokyo based gallery and also publishing photography books. They have been introducing great photographers such as Daido Moriyama, Issei Suda, KenjiIshiguro, Hajime Sawatari, and more. Last time I visited this gallery, they exhibited Daido Moriyama’s photographs. It was really amazing.

In Ginza area, there is also Sony Imaging Gallery (Only in Japnese) and they hold new exhibitions every two weeks. You should go there both.

Website: AKIO NAGASAWA Gallery Ginza
Adress: Ginsho bldg.6F, 4-9-5 Ginza, Chuou-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 11:00 – 19:00 (except Monday, Tuesday and new year days)
Transport: Ginza Station

Best Diner, Bar & ZINE Store

Photo-Books Diner Megutama

PHOTOBOOK DINER MEGUTAMA

Do you want to try healthy Japanese mom’s home cooking with photography books? Then you should visit Megutama!

In Megutama, there are more than 5,000 photography books which is collected by photography historian and critic Iizawa Kotaro. Of course food is nice and also the interior design of Megutama is really beautiful. It’s really nice atmosphere, so you must spend hours seeing photography books here.

Sometimes they have events and you can’t enter, check their event calendar before you visit.

Website: Megutama
Adress: 1F, 3-2-7 Higashi, Shibuya-ku Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: Weekdays 11:30 – 23:00 (last order 22:00)  Weekends /Holidays 12:00 – 22:00(last order 21:00)

Closing Day: Mondays (except when Monday falls on a holiday, in which case they are open and closed the following day)
Transport: Ebisu Station (1stop from Shibuya)

Kodoji Bar (Kodoji Photography)

kodoji photography

If you are bar-hopper, don’t miss Kodoji!

Kodoji is a bar for photographers. There are many photography books on the shelves and many photographs and flyers of exhibitions on the wall and even on the ceiling. Every two weeks they hold new exhibitions here, and you can meet many photographers here. ( I don’t know they can speak in English though, they are really nice guys!)

In Golden-Gai Shinjuku where Kodoji is, there are many tiny bars. For bar-hoppers, Golden-Gai is like a heaven!

Website: Kodoji (Only in Japanese)
Adress: 2F, 1-1-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 19:00 – 24:00 (except Sunday)
Transport: Shinjuku Station

MOUNT ZINE (MOUNT TOKYO)

This is not only for photographers, but it must be fun. MOUNT ZINE is a book store selling only zine. If you are planning to publish your own zine of photography, you must be inspired by many beautiful zine here.

MOUNT ZINE is located in a quiet residential area, but there are many nice cafes around here. Enjoy a walk and find a nice cafe!

Website: MOUNT ZINE (Only in Japanese)
Adress: 2-5-10, Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)

Open: 12:00 – 19:00 (except every Monday and Tuesday)
Transport: Toritsu-daigaku Station

That’s it!
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Text: YUSUKE
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