Photogenic places to visit: TOP, the Tokyo Museum of Photographic Art
Photo City Tokyo
Photography fans new to Tokyo should make one of their first TOP stops, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Since its opening in 1995, the museum has presented outstanding examples of photographic culture from Japan and abroad, all presented in ambitious exhibitions organized with different perspectives. From historic prints and animated images of yesteryear to today’s most famous and controversial works, TOP provides the full range of photographic culture of Japan and the world.
The Tokyo Museum of Photographic Art (TOP) celebrated its twentieth anniversary in September 2016, when it reopened after a major renovation and redesign. There are few public museums dedicated solely to photography and moving images in the world. Even among its peers, TOP is outstanding for its vast collection of some 34,000 works (as of March 2017) spanning all genres of photography, film and video. In addition to exhibitions and screenings of works from its own collection, TOP also organizes special exhibitions and engages in a wide range of educational and outreach programs throughout the year.
In addition to its remarkable collection, TOP also has a museum shop where visitors can browse a tempting range of photography-related books and products, a museum café and a library where visitors can browse priceless historical photography books. , exhibition catalogs and other documents. on photography and motion pictures free of charge. It’s no wonder that TOP is loved by countless photography fans as a place to indulge in all aspects of the photographic arts.
(Originally published in Japanese on May 22, 2017. Text by Matsumoto Tomoki. Photographs by Takahashi Munemasa.)
Address: 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062; in Yebisu Garden Place Complex (approximately 7 minutes from the east exit of JR Ebisu Station; 10 minutes from Exit 1 of Ebisu Station of the Hibiya Line of the Tokyo Metro)
Hours: 10 am-6pm; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. From July 20 to August 25, open Thursdays and Fridays until 9:00 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed Mondays (or Tuesday if the previous Monday is a public holiday), public holidays and other special occasions.
The Web: https://topmuseum.jp/e/contents/index.html