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Shinagawa's Art Island

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Take a contemporary art walk around Tennōzu Isle in Tokyo Bay

Shinagawa City

 

 

Located between the river and canal in Shinagawa City, Tokyo, Tennōzu Isle is a small island and former Edo-era fort, which 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 200,000sqm 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, Tennōzu Isle is also home to Japan’s biggest gallery complex, TERRADA ART COMPLEX, exquisite art supplies ‘laboratory’ PIGMENT TOKYO, and an art collectors' museum, WHAT MUSEUM. Look out too for WHAT CAFE, a new, 800sqm gallery-café promoting art and culture, where visitors can encounter contemporary artworks by up-and-coming artists. With its rolling programme 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, Tennōzu Isle is a place to be inspired: just make sure you have your camera at the ready!

 

How to get there

 

4 minutes by monorail from Hamamatsuchō Station or 15 minutes on foot from Shinagawa Station.

 

 

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