Note: As of September 16, 2020, the museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 situation.

The Sompo Museum of Art, located in Nishi-Shinjuku (the west side of Shinjuku), is an important stop on any Tokyo art route.

Originally opened in 1976, on the 42nd floor of the Sompo Japan Insurance company’s skyscraper, the art gallery relocated to a separate building on the premises in May, 2020.

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Photo by Carey Finn

The Sompo Museum of Art has been known by many different names over the years, including the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art.

In addition to its extensive collection of the works of Japanese artist Seiji Togo, the gallery is famous for hosting part of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers series (a permanent exhibit), and has also featured works by the likes of Cezanne and Gauguin in past exhibitions.

sompo museum of art tokyo exterior
Photo by Carey Finn

More than six million people have visited the Sompo Museum of Art in Tokyo to date.

sompo museum of art exterior
Photo by Carey Finn

The Sompo Museum of Art in Tokyo is close to Shinjuku Station, and a five-minute walk from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings—so if you’re planning a visit, you could combine the gallery with a trip up to the famous government observatory for a fantastic, free view over the city.

Note that the entrance fee to the Sompo Museum of Art varies, depending on the exhibition(s).

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