Busy with its suburban residential atmosphere, Nakano City Ward comes alive with a scattering of local gallery spaces. The city is also home to one of Tokyo's better local folk museums. Here is an introduction to some of the museums and galleries of Nakano and how to reach them.
Studio 35 Minutes
A combination of bar and art gallery, Studio 35 Minutes comes very much alive in the evenings. A space that makes use of an old photo developing store, the gallery naturally focuses on photography, offering both emerging local photographers and more established artists to showcase their talents in a congenial and casual atmosphere.
A 3-mimute walk from Araiyakusho-mae Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
Tonari no Zingaro
Fans of contemporary artist, Takasahi Murakami will love Tonari no Zingaro. Dedicated to his creations as well as of those inspired by his style, the gallery holds numerous exhibitions throughout the year that feature all manner of modern creativity. Working also as a gallery store, fans can not watch new artists but also pick up a piece or two.
A 6-minute walk from Nakano Station on the JR Chuo East Line.
Torek Museum of Art
Displaying the collected works of the Tokyo Shinmei religious organisation, the Torek Museum of Art hosts several exhibitions throughout the year. Settled within a residential area, this small museum of Japanese and Asian paintings, sculptures, clay work as well as lacquer ware comes with an easy JPY400 admission fee.
A 7-minute walk from Higashi Nakano Station on either the Toei Oedo or JR Chuo-Sobu lines.
Yamazaki Memorial Nakano Historical Museum
Widely acclaimed by many as one of Tokyo's best municipal folk museums, the Yamazaki Memorial Nakano Historical Museum features two floors of displays and allows for photographs as well. Hosting several exhibitions throughout the year, the museum traces the history of the region from ancient times and offers freed admission.
A 10-minute walk from Numabukuro Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.