21_21 Design Sight, Roppongi
Tel: 03 3475 2121
Concierge.com's insider take:
Visitors could be forgiven for walking past this design museum, tucked away behind Tokyo Midtown; from the outside, the Tadao Ando–designed space barely peeks out from the grounds of Hinokicho Park. But it's well worth a visit to the triangular concrete and glass building, especially because the well-organized institution is the first of its kind in Japan. Since opening in the shadow of Tokyo Midtown in 2007, the museum has showcased works by a range of artists (including Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Irving Penn, and Shiro Kuramata) on an equally diverse group of topics, from chocolate to water. The variety of exhibitions is, in part, due to Issey Miyake, the renowned Japanese fashion designer who is also the co-director of the two-story space. Allow yourself extra time to visit the neighboring café.—Rebecca Willa Davis
Open Wednesdays through Mondays 11 am to 8 pm.