If you are a lover of photography, Japan is full of great places to indulge in the art. Whether you are an artist hoping to make your way in Tokyo or you just enjoy taking snap shots, here is a quick list of top Tokyo photography museums.
Top Tokyo Photography Museums: Axis Building
The five-story Axis Building has a number of showrooms that frequently feature photography. The two main showrooms are The IMA Concept Store and the Taka Ishii Gallery. IMA is a Tokyo photography book store dedicated to showing off the photographer’s work. The Taka Ishii Gallery is a traditional gallery, but it’s strictly for the work of Japanese photographers. They change displays every three to four weeks, which gives you plenty of reasons to keep coming back. All galleries is that they are all free to the public.
Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Fuji Film Square
When people think of Roppongi, they usually think about clubbing and the nightlife. But what you might not know is that Roppongi is hosts many of the top Tokyo photography galleries, and one of the best in the area is on the ground floor of the Fuji Film building. This gallery has displays of every Fuji Film camera all the way back to the founding of the company.
One of the really great things about the Fuji Film Gallery that anyone can have their photos shown here. All you have to do is fill out a small application and send it in with your pictures. Your photos will be reviewed, and if they like them they will go up in the gallery. the snag is that it costs 2,000 yen per picture to have them reviewed, and if you want your pictures returned it will cost you another 2,000 yen. But if you’re confident in your work, give it a shot!
Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
Hours of Operation: Open Daily 10am – 7pm, last admission ten minutes before closing.
Top Museum is an awe-inspiring Tokyo photography gallery, with three floors dedicated to some of the greatest photographers of all time. The basement floor houses the works of lesser-known artists who do not lack for skill or expressive subjects. Critics say that the work in the basement is hit-or-miss in terms of quality, so I suggest you keep an open mind when you visit.
Nearest Station: 9-minute walk from Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
Admission: Varies for different exhibits.
Hours of Operation: Open daily 10am – 8pm; last entry 30 minutes prior to closing
Zen Foto Gallery
Another spot for Tokyo photography in Roppongi is the Zen Foto Gallery. Zen Foto Gallery is rather small, but makes up for it with their remarkable displays from both Japanese and international photographers. They change their content about once a month, so making a return visit can be well worth your while.
Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)