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The Best Photography Museums and Galleries in Tokyo

Tokyo Museum of Photography | © Hoary/WikiCommons
Tokyo Museum of Photography | © Hoary/WikiCommons
As an artistic medium, photography is one of the most accessible and approachable forms of expression. Make your way through the photography museums and galleries in Tokyo.

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Museum
TOP Museum, Tokyo
TOP Museum, Tokyo | © Shinichi Sugiyama/Flickr
Also known as TOP, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is the largest museum in Tokyo dedicated solely to photography. It is also the city’s only publicly funded photography museum. The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum has a swelling permanent collection of over 30,000 pieces, and three galleries that regularly feature fresh exhibitions.
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Paper Pool

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Paper Pool is a gallery, café, and bar in the hip Yutenji neighborhood of Meguro. Entrance to the small gallery is free, since it shares space with the dining area. Paper Pool is a great place for up-and-comers to showcase their work as the gallery is easily booked for artists’ exhibitions. The on-site photography darkroom is also available for rental for a small hourly fee, with supplies extra.
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Photo Gallery International

Shop, Art Gallery
Photo Gallery International (or PGI for short) has hosted exhibitions by prominent domestic and international photographers, like Ansel Adams’s black-and-white landscapes and Kikuji Kawada’s iconic images of postwar Japan. This sleek and modern private gallery includes a shop that sells photography books and framing supplies.
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Gallery 916

Art Gallery, Building
Gallery 916 is a spacious private gallery built into a former warehouse by Tokyo Bay. The bright white and modern space, with just a hint of the building’s former purpose remaining, allows patrons to focus fully on the photography being exhibited. Alongside the main gallery is the smaller Gallery 916 Small, a smaller, more modest gallery for emerging artists.
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