Nabeshima Shoto Park and Shoto Gallery

Shibuya is basically a shopping district.  Most of the shops gather near from the famous Shibuya Crossing.  But if you walk up Dogen-zaka slope, 10 or 15-minute walk from the station will take you to Tokyu Department Store and Tokyu Bunkamura where you can enjoy art exhibitions or theater performance.  There is Tokyu Hands which sells every kind of DIY stuff, art supplies, tools and materials for craftwork and stationery.  This area is a little far from the station but it’s still a busy district.  However if you walk further 10 minutes, you will be in the middle of high-end residential area which is very quiet with few vehicles running around.

In the middle of such an area, you will find Nabeshima Shoto Park.  This property was originally belonged to Kii Tokugawa Family which was one of the Shogun Families during Edo Era (17th – 19th century).  In the late 19th century, Nabeshima Clan inherited the property and opened a tea garden.  It was then turned into children’s park in early 20th century.  You can enter to this park free of charge.img_0016

Shoto Gallery is near from Nabeshima Shoto Park.  It was built by a famous Japanese architect Seiichi Shirai and the building itself is worth looking.

The current exhibition is Japanese paintings of moon.  (Autumn for Japanese is a season to admire moon.)  The overview is explained in the website.  But please note that there is no English explanation in the gallery.

Address: 2-14-14 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0046, Japan
Opening Hours:
Special Exhibitions:10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. on FridaysPublic Entry and Schoolchildren Exhibitions; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General Admission: 1,000yen
College Students: 800yen
High School Students and Persons over Sixty: 500 yen
Elementary School Students: 100yen 

 

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