Conveniently located, Musashino City is one of Tokyo's most sought after places to live. Imbued with an independent spirit, the city's museums and galleries reflect the area's community-driven quality and are definitely worth a look. Here is an introduction to some of the museums and galleries of Musashino City and how to reach them.
Art Center Ongoing
A popular gallery, Art Center Ongoing is an exhibition space for local artists. Going beyond regular exhibitions, the centre moves with a communal atmosphere, its small library, cafe & bar, works to host public gatherings like seminars, talks, residency programs and other community-minded events.
An 8-minute walk from Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line.
Kichijoji Art Museum
The city-run Kichijoji Art Museum is an art gallery found inside the Coppice Kichijoji shopping and restaurant complex. Hosting permanent exhibits that include copperplate and woodblock prints, this small museum also offers plenty of opportunities for local residents to showcase their creative tendencies with several yearly exhibitions.
A 3-minute walk from the North Exit of Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo or Keio Inokashira Lines.
Once again, the area stands out with independent locally driven art exhibition spaces with centres like the Niji Gallery. A two floor gallery, the first floor is a gallery store offering items for sale while the second floor is the gallery proper. Regular exhibitions focus mainly on illustrations and also holds gatherings and workshops.
An 3-minute walk from Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line.
Typical of the independent atmosphere in the city, this local gallery store revolves solely around cats. The more the merrier seems to be the theme here with scores of uniquely designed feline creations. Ranging from paintings and ceramics to prints and dolls, cat lovers will easily be impressed by the hand crafted items on display.
An 4-minute walk from Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line.