SHOP 11am-9pm | FOOD & DRINK 11am-12pm *Business hours vary from shop to shop.


21_21 DESIGN SIGHT was born as a venue to redirect our eyes to everyday things and events, and create various proposals and communicate numerous discoveries from a design point of view. Founded by Issey Miyake, the venue opened in 2007 to engage people from all walks of life and nurture their understanding and interest in design. With a diverse program focused on exhibitions, visitors can discover the delights of design and enjoy surprising new experiences. Taku Satoh was appointed overall director in 2017. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT continues its activities through perspectives ("sights") that discover and create the future of design as culture.

 Midtown Garden


Exhibitions & Events

About the Architecture

Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

Designed by Tadao Ando. Highlighting Issey Miyake's concept in clothing design of "A Piece of Cloth," Ando devised the idea of the roof as one sheet of folded steel. In addition to the roof, the two sides of the building incorporate Japan's world-leading technology. 80% of the volume of the structure is built underground where a naturally lit sunken court creates a dynamic atmosphere.

(Sketch by Tadao Ando)

(Sketch by Tadao Ando)


Gallery 1 & 2 hosts several exhibitions per year that consider everyday life from a design point of view. Serving as directors of these exhibitions are designers and other experts from a broad range of fields. The shop, in addition to offering original goods, stocks books and items related to the exhibitions.

  • Secret Source of Inspiration: Designers' Hidden Sketches and Mockups

    November 22, 2019 - September 22, 2020

    Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

  • Insects: Models for Design

    July 19 - November 4, 2019

    Photo: Satoshi Asakawa


    March 15 - June 30, 2019

    Photo: Kaoru Suzuki

  • MINGEI - Another Kind of Art

    November 2, 2018 - February 24, 2019

    Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

  • The Shop of “Secret Source of Inspiration: Designers' Hidden Sketches and Mockups"

    November 22, 2019 - September 22, 2020

    Photo: Masaya Yoshimura


Since it opened in 2017, Gallery 3 has been a presentation space dedicated to design. Exhibits by domestic and foreign corporations, as well as programs held in collaboration with educational and cultural institutions, explore the more diverse design perspectives.


The directors of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT are three designers who are acquainted with the contemporary state of design and the creative scene, Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh, and Naoto Fukasawa. They are continually reviewing program planning with the associate director, Noriko Kawakami.

From left,

Naoto Fukasawa (Product Designer),

Issey Miyake (Designer),

Noriko Kawakami (Journalist),

Taku Satoh (Graphic Designer)

Photo: Yoshiaki Tsutsui


Midtown Garden
11:00–17:30 (17:00 last admission)
*Advanced reservation on 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT website required to visit the exhibitions at Gallery 1&2
Tuesdays, New Year holidays, and exhibit preparation periods
General ¥1,200
University Students ¥800
High School Students ¥500
Junior high school students and younger: Free admission
Notice: Operating hours, closing days, and admission fees are subject to change. Program information of Gallery 3 varies. Please confirm those either on the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT website or through the phone before you visit the facilities.


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