PAVILION TOKYO 2021 is organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government,
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture),
and Executive Committee of Pavilion Tokyo 2021,
as a part of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13.
This project is a world-first experiment to propose unrestrained
and new urban landscape by installing architectures or objects at locations mainly around the National Stadium.
Like a treasure hunt with map or during a walk,
visitors can go around the pavilions in which the globally renowned architects
and artists express one’s hope for the future.
Living Tokyo –
Since some time ago,
Tokyo has been undergoing a number of major area remodeling projects called redevelopment.
Everywhere has been transformed into something convenient and clean,
and we are receiving many benefits and enjoying a rich life there.
On the other hand,
as a graduate of Shibuya Aoyama Elementary School,
I still have memories of Toden (Tokyo streetcar train) that used to run along Aoyama street proudly,
the empty wide sky around the former ”Kodomo no Shiro (Children’s Castle)” where the Toden garage used to be,
and the frightening memories of post-war sadness around Shibuya station.
The city always had such memorable scenes in it.
In fact, this project, PAVILION TOKYO 2021,
aims to create a new story of the city.
It is the summer 2021, a year in which the world is changing dramatically under the pandemic.
In that year, the mysterious pavilions that could not possibly exist will appear in the city of Tokyo,
and if the scenes shall reach even a small part of the minds of many people,
 this project will be a great success. During the 67 days of the exhibition,
we hope you will experience the “living Tokyo.”
Etsuko Watari
(Chairman of Executive Committee of Pavilion Tokyo 2021)


Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13


July 1st -September 5th, 2021


Several venues in Tokyo, mainly around National Stadium 
In front of Victor Studio / Ginkgo Avenue in Meiji Jingu Gaien / In front of United Nations University / In front of the former “National Children’s Castle” / Shibuya City Office No.2 Mitake Office / Yoyogi Park (near Panorama Grass Field) / Garden of kudan house / Hamarikyu Gardens (Site of Enryo-kan) / Takanawa Gateway Station (inside the ticket gate

Opening Hours

Varies for each pavilion. Please refer to each pavilion page.
  • Opening hours may be subject to change.
  • Please note that some pavilions are closed on certain days and that some venues require admission fees or advance reservations.

Pavilion Creators

Terunobu Fujimori / Kazuyo Sejima / Sou Fujimoto / Akihisa Hirata
Junya Ishigami / Teppei Fujiwara / Makoto Aida / Yayoi Kusama

Additional Creator

Daito Manabe + Rhizomatiks


Tokyo Metropolitan Government,
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture),
and Executive Committee of Pavilion Tokyo 2021


WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art


(Executive Committee of Pavilion Tokyo 2021)

Executive Committee of Pavilion Tokyo 2021

Honorary Chairman

Kengo Kuma (Architect)


Etsuko Watari (Director of WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art)


Ken Hasebe (Mayor of Shibuya Ward)
Kenichi Yoshizumi (Mayor of Shinjuku Ward)
Masaaki Takei (Mayor of Minato Ward)
Isoya Shinji (President of Fukui Prefectural University and landscape architect)
Seiichiro Yonekura (Economist)

Chairman of Production Committee

Koichi Watari (CEO of WATARI -UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art)

Art Director


Event Management

earth garden / en Ltd.

Creator Interview

TOTO Publishing


Tasuku Mizuno (CITY LIGHTS LAW)


Makoto Sakaki (Mutsuo Yamagishi Tax Accountant Office)



About Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative that unfolds a variety of cultural programs in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Tokyo, promoting its appeal as a city of arts and culture.

About Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo sought a wide range of creative and innovative ideas from the public for projects that would become the core of the cultural programs for the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL. From a total of 2,436 project proposals submitted from within Japan and overseas, 13 were selected for implementation. The 13 projects are collectively named “Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13,” and are being implemented in sequence.

About WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art

WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art is a private art museum which opened in September 1990, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. The museum invites world experts in exhibition-making to participate, as well as artists who have made international contributions to the development of contemporary art. It is a place that forces us to reconsider Japan's place in the international art world, and also to build a careful relationship with Japanese and Asian artists

  • The contents are subject to change.
  • There is no dedicated parking lot. Please refrain from coming to the venues by car as parking is limited in the neighborhood.
  • Please check the official website for information in case of inclement weather.
  • This event will be held implementing various COVID-19 measures to ensure maximum safety. We also request all visitors for the understanding and cooperation towards the precautionary measures. Please read and follow the instructions on the official website before your visit.