Connecting History and the Future
Tokyo Station Gallery was established in 1988 in part of Tokyo Central Station, based on the idea that a station could offer people a chance to experience the arts and cultures, rather than merely serving as a transportation hub. The magnificent red-brick facade and the interior walls of the station, originally built in 1914, make an historical and architectural statement while creating a pleasant ambiance for both visitors and works of art.
Tokyo Station Gallery organized 105 exhibitions until its temporary closing in 2006. More than 2.3 million visitors over the last 18 years have enjoyed exhibitions spanning the entire art world, including paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and architectural design.
In the autumn 2012, after the completion of a 5-year restoration project for the preservation of Tokyo Station, we finally made a new start as more advanced museum with up-to-date facilities and ideas.
Tokyo Station, a starting point for Japanese transportation, has been witness to a turbulent period of Japanese history and was designated an Important Cultural Property in 2003. We are aware of the importance of this historical station, and work to promote the development of local culture surrounding railways. We continue to send a message through art exhibitions of high quality.
Purpose of our Activity
Our aim is to foster cultures surrounding railways and transportation with a rich sense of humanity. Tokyo Marunouchi Station is the center of Japan's railway system, a well as the starting point of the railways. In this historical building which has been designated an Important Cultural Property, we continue to send a message by means of high-quality arts and cultures.
- Exhibition projects (approximately 5 exhibitions per year) and introduction of the museum collection
- Educational program
- Disseminating the art information from Tokyo Station which is considered to be the starting point of Japanese railroads and a meeting place of east and west.
- Maintaining a secure facility
- Enhancing the quality of our art collection, undertaking in order to preserve art works and other art resources.
We undertake exhibition projects according to the following principles.
1. Evaluation of modern art
We reevaluate works of master’s and find unknown artists, redefining traditional modern art history based on our point of view.
2. Introduction to Contemporary Art
We select a variety of living artists, and introduce their diversity. We draw people’s attention to contemporary art, which is sometimes thought to be difficult to understand.
3. Architecture, Design, and Railways
Taking advantage of our good location in Tokyo Station, which is a representative Japanese modern architecture designated to be Important Cultural Property, we continue to focus on architecture, design, and railways as our exhibition themes.
- Special events such as guest talks and art lectures
- Artist talks
- Gallery talks and exhibition tours
- Publication of leaflet guides to exhibitions, the gallery, and the station
The Marunouchi area―
Since there are several museums and galleries in the Marunouchi area, we play the role of an information center to revitalize regional cultural activities, such as participation in art events, and we provide art maps and area guides. >
Between east and west in Japan―
Since Tokyo Station is located in the center of Japan, we serve as a meeting place of east and west, and contribute to the promotion and development of local culture.
Research and Collection
We show our collection on occasion, hoping impart a deeper understanding of contemporary art. Our collection, which focuses on Japanese contemporary art in particular, includes the following works:
- Paintings by contemporary artists selected for the “Perspectives of Contemporary Paintings” exhibition series (1999, 2007, 2009, 2011) and also for “The Depicted Mountain Scenery of Eastern Japan” (2002)
- Graphic art selected for the exhibition “Advertising Art History” (1993, 1997)
- Works by Juzo Kagoshima (1898-1982), a Japanese doll artist recognized as living national treasure in 1961
East Japan Railway Culture Foundation
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) was established in April 1987 following the privatization of Japanese National Railways. In line with its social mission to aim for the rehabilitation and revitalization of railways, JR East established EJRCF in March 1992 to continuously make social contributions through railway culture. Since its inception, EJRCF has carried out a wide range of projects including art and culture activities focusing on Tokyo Station Gallery and Tokyo Ekicon (which holds concerts in the station), research assistance to transport researchers, and the training of railway personnel from Asian countries. It significantly expanded its projects by taking on the restoration of the old Shimbashi Station in 2003 and the establishment of the Railway Museum in 2007, and it is working to make even better social contributions. EJRCF became a public interest incorporated foundation in April 2010, in accordance with the new public interest corporation system. We are committed to being a corporation with high aspirations and a strong sense of public spirit.
Hallmarks of the Facility
Tokyo Station was built in 1914 based on the design of Kingo Tatsuno, one of the most famous Japanese architects of the Meiji era. In May 1945, the station was damaged in air raid and lost its roof and third floor. Following temporary repairs, the station stood as a two-storied building for more than a half century. Finally, restoration work started in 2006 and was completed in 2012, with the unveiling of the original three-storied facade in magnificent red brick.
The entire station building is protected by a seismic isolation structure. The museum facility was planned in accordance with the guidelines for approved public facilities, which enables us to display national treasures and important cultural properties.
Easy access from the north exit of Tokyo Station allows people to enjoy the museum readily during travel, sightseeing, and shopping trips.
A series of large and small rooms with brick walls conveys the historical atmosphere of the station. Visitors are able to enjoy the corridor under a dome, a lounge room, and the museum store.
A white wall creates a contemporary atmosphere. LED lighting systems are used in all exhibition areas on both the second and third floors.
10:00 - 18:00 ( Friday is 10:00 - 20:00 )
30 minutes before closing time
*open if a national holiday falls on a Monday, closed the following day
Year-end and New Year’s Holiday
While exhibitions are being changed
Differs for each exhibition
JR Tokyo Station
Marunouchi North Exit
*Entrance is located on the right side of the north exit
TOKYO STATION GALLERY
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo100-0005