Japan Society Gallery is among the premier institutions in the U.S. for the exhibition of Japanese art. Extending in scope from prehistory to the present, the Gallery’s exhibitions since 1971 have covered topics as diverse as classical Buddhist sculpture and calligraphy, contemporary photography and ceramics, samurai swords, export porcelain, and masterpieces of painting from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century. Each exhibition, with its related catalogue and public programs, is a unique cultural event that illuminates familiar and unfamiliar fields of art.

Online Exhibition

Upcoming Exhibition

Other Programs

Teppei Kaneuji "White Discharge (Built-up Objects #36)


A series of year-long art projects aimed at bringing visual art and interactive experiences into the institution's public spaces.

Japanese Textiles: New Perspectives

Japanese Textiles: New Perspectives

Elizabeth Wilson, co-founder and owner of Asiatica, in discussion with Thomas Murray, author of the recently published Textiles of Japan. Moderated by Dr. Monika Bincsik of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Past Exhibitions

See a full list of past exhibitions at Japan Society.

Upcoming Events

Spotlight Series

Spotlight Series


Spotlight is a new online series that highlights artists and their practices through featured studio tours, live demos, Q&As, and more, exclusively for Japan Society members.


The Made in Tokyo Guide Map is available for purchase at the Welcome Desk or at for $15. Written by famed Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, six types of facilities—stadiums, stations, retail spaces, offices, capsules and homes—are explored, illuminating differences in the ever-changing Tokyo environment.

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Visitor Information

Gallery Hours:
Note: The Gallery is temporarily closed.

Tuesday—Thursday, 12—7 PM
Friday, 12—9 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM—5 PM
Closed Mondays and on major holidays.

$12/$10 students and seniors
Free for Japan Society members (Join today!)
Free for patrons with disabilities and an accompanying Personal Care Assistant
Free admission on Fridays from 6—9 PM
  Docent-led Tours:
Friday & Saturday, 2:30 PM
Japanese language tours Friday at 6 PM
Tours are free with admission and approximately one hour in duration. To arrange private group tours, please call (212) 715-1283. Two weeks advance request recommended.

Student Group Tours:
K-12 school groups can schedule interactive guided gallery tours and hands-on workshops to experience Japanese culture firsthand and make curricular connections. Two weeks advance request recommended.

Become a Docent

Volunteer docents attend four training programs per year on Japanese art topics related to our gallery exhibitions, and commit to leading a minimum of two tours per month. If you are interested in volunteering at the Gallery, please email

Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs at Japan Society are made possible, in part, by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, Raphael and Jane Bernstein, Friends of the Gallery, and an anonymous donor. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Gallery.

Image: Hanako Murakami Imaginary Landscapes, 2020, Image courtesy of the artist, © Hanako Murakami; Nobutaka Aozaki Grocery Portraits #3 (Dekalb Ave & Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, Queens, NY), 2019 Archival pigment print and found shopping list, Photography by Tom Starkweather, Image courtesy of Ulterior Gallery, New York, © Nobutaka Aozaki; Aki Sasamoto Phase Transition, January 2020, Performance/installation, Danspace Project, NYC, Photography by Ian Douglas, © Aki Sasamoto.

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