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Going for an art and shopping stroll in Minami-Aoyama

Nezu Museum

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!

Nezu Museum

The architecture of this private museum – designed by famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – is amazing.
Nezu Museum

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!!).

Nezu MuseumOutside 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.

Nezu Museum

A picturesque scene inside the large Japanese garden

Teatime during the autumn leaves season is exceptional. Catch it from late November to early December!

6-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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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.

Taro Okamoto's beautiful garden

The beautiful garden in front of the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum.

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.

On the left: A small “Tower of the sun” on the second floor peeking at the visitors.

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!

Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

Inside the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum. This is Taro!

6-1-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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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.

sou sou entrance

The most popular item at SOU・SOU is their tabi socks. They are very reasonably priced and therefore the perfect souvenir.

There are many seasonal limited patterns and collaboration items.

The shop also sells a lot of unisex products. The unusual patterns and Japanese-style cuts of the clothes are amazing!

I bought a cute hat!

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!

5-4-24 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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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!

Due to the measures against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), people in the Kanto area (Tokyo and the prefectures surrounding Tokyo prefecture) are urged to stay indoors as much as possible. Therefore, visiting the facilities above might not be possible. However, we hope this article will be an inspiration for your travel plans in the future and something to look forward to!

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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