Minami-Aoyama is a neighborhood in Tokyo next to the famous Omotesando crossing. When visiting Minami-Aoyama, be sure to stop by popular museums and the many artsy shops selling Japanese-style items. We promise that you will have fun discovering the art scene and shopping possibilities in Minami-Aoyama!
The combination of straight, sharp lines and natural materials is typical for contemporary Japanese architecture.
The Nezu Museum holds 7,420 Asian artworks, including national treasures and important cultural properties. They are well-known for their interesting, high-quality exhibitions (with English translations!!).
Outside the building, a Japanese garden looking like a magical forest awaits museum visitors.
Don’t forget to have a cup of tea with Japanese sweets at the cafe with large windows overlooking the garden.
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum
Taro Okamoto (1911-1996) who is often called the “Japanese Picasso” was an artist known for his colorful, energetic paintings and humorous art pieces.
Besides his paintings, he was active in other artistic fields. For example, he designed the huge ‘Tower of the Sun’, the symbol of the 1970 Osaka Expo.
The Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum is a former atelier where Okamoto actually lived and painted. Since you are allowed to take photos inside the museum, prepare yourself for lots of colorful selfies!
SOU・SOU KYOTO Aoyama Store
The pattern of clothes and homeware of SOU・SOU are very colorful, very Japanese and VERY stylish. The brand is originally from Kyoto and this is the only SOU ・ SOU-store in Tokyo.
The most popular item at SOU・SOU is their tabi socks. They are very reasonably priced and therefore the perfect souvenir.
The shop also sells a lot of unisex products. The unusual patterns and Japanese-style cuts of the clothes are amazing!
SOU・SOU is the place to go when you are looking for a present or a special souvenir from Japan. It’s a must-visit!
Minami-Aoyama has a lot of other nice shops and cafes. If you like art or are on the look for something different, be sure to check out the Minami-Aoyama area!