Yayoi Kusama Museum

  • Museums
  • Waseda

Time Out says

The world's first museum dedicated entirely to bewigged contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama hosts two exhibitions annually, focusing on Kusama's entire repertoire, including her ‘Infinity Net’ paintings, phallic sculptures and, yes, those legendary red polka dots. Note that entry is by time slot (six per day; the museum is open Thursday though Sunday) and that buying tickets in advance is essential - they're not sold on the door. Reserve yours through the museum's website.

We have a floor-by-floor guide to the Yayoi Kusama Museum – read it here.


107 Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku
Ushigome-Yanagicho Station (Oedo line); Waseda Station (Tozai line)
Opening hours:
11am-5.30pm (6 time slots daily) / closed Mon-Wed (except for holidays)

What’s on

A Poem in My Heart

After a brief hiatus, the Yayoi Kusama Museum has reopened, and with it comes an exhibition of the artist's new and recent works which have never been displayed in Japan, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. This showcase consists of a diverse range of Kusama's works that are reminiscent of surrealism, including several pieces she created at the beginning of her career. Highlights include the artist's rarely seen Nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) art, as well as her immersive room titled 'I'm Here, but Nothing'.  Through her work, Kusama is able to share her innermost perceptions of the universe and the world around her, which in turn makes viewers more aware of the immensity of the universe around them and the vastness of the unknown. Note that tickets are not available at the door. Timed tickets are only available on the museum website (¥1,100 adults, ¥600 children 6-18). 

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