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How to get tickets for the Yayoi Kusama Museum

Yayoi Kusama museum
Photo: Masahiro Tsuchido

UPDATE (Dec 14, 2017): The number of tickets per slot will increase from 50 to 70 from January 2018. 

Ever since the news broke of Yayoi Kusama opening her own museum, the question on everyone's lips has been how to actually nab tickets for the place. The short answer? Blood, sweat, tears, and impeccable timing.

The museum may have opened on October 1, but getting tickets has been nigh impossible so far – they're currently sold out until December. If you are going to attempt to get some, here are a few things to keep in mind:

- The museum is only open from Thursdays to Sundays, plus national holidays

- There are six time slots per day, all for 90-minute sessions (11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm)

- 50 tickets are allocated per slot. Price: Adults, ¥1,000; children aged 6 to 18, ¥600; children under 6 years old, free.

- Tickets go on sale on the first day of each month, for dates in the month after next, at 10am sharp Tokyo time through the museum's official ticketing website

That means that January 2018 tickets will go on sale on November 1, those for February 2018 on December 1 and so on. So far, tickets for each month have sold out within 15 minutes, so this is not an exercise for the faint of heart. Tickets are ¥1,000 for adults and ¥600 for kids aged 6-18, with children under the age of six entering for free. 

May the odds ever be in your favour, and if you do manage to get tickets and snap a few choice shots while at the museum, tag us on Instagram with #timeouttokyo.

See full details for the Yayoi Kusama Museum here

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