Famous for her distinctive polka-dotted pumpkins spread throughout Japan and the world, this is a museum dedicated exclusively to Yayoi Kusama.

Spread over five levels in a purpose built edifice, the permanent exhibition includes one of Kusama’s infinity room installations.

Artworks at the Yayoi Kusama Museum
Second floor of the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. | Photo by ©YAYOI KUSAMA

Museum facilities

The Yayoi Kusama Museum is mostly about the exhibitions — especially since there’s a time limit — but there is a gift shop and a small library. You can also find coin lockers near the entrance. Thankfully there are elevators to get you up to the higher floors and rooftop.

How to buy museum tickets

You need to buy tickets for online in advance from the museum website. Tickets go on sale on the first of each month, for the following month. For example, on March 1 tickets for April will become available. The tickets have a specified date and time, so choose carefully. And don’t forget to read the T&Cs, because tickets are non-refundable.

How to get to the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo

The closest station to is Ushigoma Unagicho Station on the Toei Ōedo Line. From there it’s a 6-minute walk to the museum. Another option is Waseda Station on the Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line. From there, the walk takes about 7 minutes.

Keep in mind that the museum doesn’t have parking available.

Frequently asked questions

How long do you need for the Yayoi Kusama Museum?

Well, the thing is that your ticket only gets you in for 90 minutes so you don’t really have a choice. But, we definitely recommend using the full 90 minutes.

When is the best time to visit?

Because visitor numbers are strictly limited, there isn’t really a time when things get too busy. There’s no waiting area though, so if you arrive too early you might have to wait outside — regardless of the weather.