We know the pandemic has spoiled many people’s plans to travel abroad, with Japan appearing on a growing number of people’s lists of places to go – if you want a taste of the land of the rising sun, are interested in their culture or just want to experience something different a little closer to home, then head to the Japanese cultural hub in Kensington for all that and more. This is a brilliant place to visit in London and even if you don’t think you have much interest in Japanese culture the exhibitions are brilliant and you’ll certainly find something that piques your interest! Also, it’s free so there’s nothing to lose!

Where is Japan House London?

Drive to Kensington High Street Car Park – Saba Parking on Hornton Street, or take the tube to the District and Circle lines to High Street Kensington.

Spread over 3 impressive floors, you’ll get an authentic insight into Japanese culture, art, design and technology. The house is home to an exhibition gallery with a fascinating programme of events throughout the year, with exclusive film screenings, performances and special exhibitions such as the documentary Tokyo 1964, a rare glimpse into the construction of the first shinkansen train. The shop on the ground floor is a haven for Japanese imported goods including books, toys and kitchenware and ingredients to cook your favourite Japanese meal. If you don’t fancy cooking, then head to the restaurant for an authentic Japanese dining experience, where you’ll be treated to delicious food from a variety of Japanese cuisines and their famous omotenashi hospitality. The stand on the ground floor offers a more casual option, with takeaway drinks and snacks including seasonal specials and Japanese tea or coffee. You can take your love for Japan even further with their Japanese language workshops.

  • Admission into the house is free.
  • The shop and gallery are open 10 am – 8 pm. 12 – 6 pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • Restaurant opening hours, Tuesday – Saturday:
    Lunch: 12:00–15:00
    Afternoon Tea: 14:30–16:30
    Dinner: 18:00–23:00 (last orders 22:00)
  • The Stand café opening hours, Monday to Saturday: 10:00–20:00. Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00–18:00

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