Sometimes even the stingiest cheapo needs to buy something for someone else – and a 100-yen shop potplant or discount meat bought at midnight just doesn’t cut it. With this in mind, we sent sophisticated spendthrift Erin to see how far she could stretch 1 000 yen buying potential presents while taking in some art at this famous spot in Roppongi. She reports back.
If you’re the type who appreciates classic art and the breath-taking city views of Tokyo, then you should definitely spend an entire morning or afternoon – or both if you have all the time and glamour in world – at the Mori Tower, where you can enjoy both culture and cityscapes – possibly even simultaneously.
I went to the Mori Art Museum to re-visit Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes Eternal, which is on until May 6th. Tokyo is the final stop of this travelling exhibit, which previously graced Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. I went to the show’s opening in February, but they recently opened an Andy Warhol-themed café, so being the rabid Warhol fan that I am, I just had to go back again.
Of course, aside from this ongoing show, the museum also houses a lot of other art-related stuff. A lot of huge events happen at this place, like Art Fair Tokyo and Roppongi Art Night. Take note that admission to the exhibitions is usually 1 500 yen, a little steep – but if you plan to go often, you can grab an annual pass, which also includes access to Tokyo City View and Sky Deck, for a reasonable 5 250 yen. There are a few other ways to get a discount, such as by using Art Triangle Roppongi or a Grutt Pass.
The art museum is nested on the 53rd floor of Mori Tower. The access for Tokyo City View is on the same floor, and costs 500 yen. It’s a cheaper scenic thrill than going to Tokyo Tower – and actually, you can also spot Tokyo Tower from there – win-win.
Roppongi (like everywhere else) is one of the most expensive parts of Tokyo, so if you like buying mementos or pressies but you’re on a budget, you really need to hunt around. That’s why for this new series of shopping articles, we’re doing you a favor. Here are three gifts (for your cheapo self or someone else) that you can buy – all for under 1 000 yen – while exploring the art museum:
1) Mori Art Museum pin – 315 yen
Fond of bringing home tiny memorabilia? Pins are still majestic, FYI. You can score this logo on key chains, cell phone accessories, notepads, and letter sets, too.
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2) Can of Eitaro Confectionary, featuring Mori Tower artwork – 420 yen
I’m a sucker for green tea sweets, so when I saw this cool confectionery with a design that’s also eye-candy, I just had to get some for myself. It comes in various flavors.
3) Vintage illustration of Roppongi Hills – 150 yen
Like sending snail mail? Postcards are still very in here in Japan. This one features an old-school drawing of Roppongi Hills by Yamaguchi Akira. If you dig modern art, though, you can also find other Roppongi postcards similar to the candy can above.
Total: 885 yen – leaving you enough change for a riceball or soda.
|Name:||Mori Art Museum|
|Pricing info:||1 500 yen -|
|Address:||53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku|
|Access:||0 mins walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Roppongi Hills exit)|
|Business hours:||Every day except Tuesdays: 10:00-22:00. Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00|
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