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Shinagawa's Art Island

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Take a contemporary art walk around Tennozu Isle in Tokyo Bay

Shinagawa City, Tokyo



Located between the river and canal in Shinagawa City, Tokyo, Tennozu Isle is a small island and former Edo-era fort that was redeveloped during the second half of the 1980s to become an “Art City.”
Artworks, including bold murals, sculptures, and contemporary street furniture, are scattered throughout the 200,000-square-meter island, from the stylish waterfront to the former warehouses that have been converted into fashionable cafés, shops, and restaurants. Spotting the works is like playing a game of hide-and-seek.
A must-visit destination for creatives, Tennozu Isle is also home to one of Japan’s biggest gallery complexes, TERRADA ART COMPLEX, exquisite art supplies “laboratory” PIGMENT TOKYO, and an art collectors' museum, WHAT MUSEUM. Look out too for WHAT CAFE, a new 800-square-meter gallery-café promoting art and culture where visitors can encounter contemporary artworks by up-and-coming artists. With its rolling program of exhibitions, WHAT CAFE aims to open up contemporary art to a new fanbase. Artworks are available for purchase, while the café space offers light meals, such as curry rice, pasta, pizza, and desserts, and drinks, including barista coffee.
Stylish and surprising at every turn, Tennozu Isle is a place to be inspired. Just make sure you have your camera at the ready.


How to get there


Travel from Tokyo Station to Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. From Hamamatsucho Station, take the Tokyo Monorail for about 5 minutes and get off at Tennozu Isle Station.
Alternatively, the destination is 15 minutes on foot from Shinagawa Station.


2-1 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo


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