A Certain Something About Toyko

Seven stories above the Tokyo skyline is a glass box that houses one of the best art galleries in Asia. If you don’t look up, though, you might miss it. It’s hidden within the Louis Vuitton building.

Designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, Espace Louis Vuitton is meant to feel suspended in air, inspiring artists to play with the ways they conceptualize space and offering them a unique place to create. Here, you’ll whet your appetite for all things visual, from stunning architecture and contemporary artworks by Japanese artists to rotating exhibitions from great minds all over the world. Being that you have to pay for entry into most galleries and museums in Tokyo, this pitstop is definitely worth a visit. If not for the art, for the stunning views of the city below. Located in the uber-trendy Omotesando neighborhood, you’ll be able to transition from art aficionado to imbiber without skipping a beat. Just down the way is Commune 2nd, a semi-outdoor food market with craft beer and cheap grub.

Now that’s how you do an afternoon in Tokyo.