WHAT CAFE in Tennozu Isle: Enjoy Art and Excellent Cuisine in Tokyo

Tokyo's artistic district Tennozu Isle can be easily accessed from Haneda Airport by monorail. An area that used to be home to warehouses, Tennozu is currently full of restaurants and art-related facilities. We introduce WHAT CAFE, an art gallery and cafe complex located in this art district.
2022.09.21

The Artistic WHAT CAFE - Just a Monorail Ride Away From Haneda Airport

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

Tokyo's Tennozu Isle Station can be accessed in just 20 minutes by monorail from Haneda Airport. If you come from central Tokyo, it only takes about four minutes from Hamamatsucho Station.

Tennozu is an area with many art-related facilities; art lovers should spend at least half a day here to fully enjoy the vibe of Tokyo's art world.

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

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WHAT CAFE, located in Tennozu Isle, is a spacious art gallery and cafe complex occupying 800 square meters.

The gallery, which displays rotating art exhibitions, is open to the public and can be visited for free. Visitors can enjoy art before (or after) a meal or when they feel like taking a break.

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

WHAT CAFE mainly displays works by young contemporary artists.

The facility offers a place for artists to promote their work. Visitors can casually enjoy the exhibition and directly interact with artists. It helps bridge the gap between art perceived as complicated and its essence of being something to be fond of.

The exchange between artists and visitors also allows them to convey the philosophy and themes behind their works.

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

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The works on display change with each exhibition, so visitors will encounter something new when dropping by.

Since all of the works are also for sale, you might find the artwork of your dreams.

Attention to Exhibition Themes and Delicious Food

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

Lemon Pasta with Prosciutto: 900 yen (1,100 yen with a drink and salad). Iced Cafe Latte: 450 yen. Homemade Sangria: 800 yen. White Pudding: 500 yen (all prices include tax)

The cafe serves seasonal dishes alongside signature menu items. The standard menu boasts a variety of main dishes, desserts, coffee, and alcoholic beverages.

The special pasta dish, which changes seasonally, is a popular menu. The photo above shows lemon pasta with prosciutto, a delicious dish with umami-rich ham and citrusy lemon. The voluminous noodles have a springy texture and rich taste.

Art-Related Facilities in Tennozu Isle

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

Picture courtesy of PIGMENT TOKYO

There are various art-related facilities located nearby. For example, PIGMENT TOKYO is a facility that handles art materials; its interior was designed by the famous architect Kengo Kuma. Bamboo sticks reminiscent of a Japanese sudare (bamboo screens) decorate the ceiling.

About 4,500 pigments, including traditional Japanese colors, are displayed on the walls. You can also find 600 types of paintbrushes here. Since the facility handles a wide array of art materials worldwide, many people visit this facility, including Japanese artists.

Even just browsing in PIGMENT TOKYO can be fun because it resembles a museum of art materials. The general public can gain some knowledge about art while artists can find a way to broaden their creative horizons.

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

Picture courtesy of WHAT MUSEUM

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

Picture courtesy of WHAT MUSEUM

WHAT MUSEUM is a facility that hosts contemporary art and architecture exhibitions.

The museum displays precious artworks entrusted by artists and collectors. During the exhibition, visitors can appreciate not only art but also the artists' and collectors' ideas and values about art in general. You can also learn about the artist's creative process.

In other words, WHAT MUSEUM offers a new perspective on appreciating art.

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

Picture courtesy of Warehouse TERRADA ©Tennoz Art Festival 2019/Artwork by DIEGO/Photo by Shin Hamada

There are various works of public art throughout Tennozu Isle.

Visitors can spot an impressive mural drawn on the walls of buildings, a colorful drawing on a fence, or a large installation in front of a hotel. People with cameras in tow will surely enjoy an exciting day in this art district.

Tennozu Isle is also an ideal area to walk around after a visit to various art-related facilities.

Tennozu Isle: A Museum District Full of Art Attractions

WHAT CAFE at Tennozu Isle: A Place to Enjoy Art and Gourmet Food

Picture courtesy of Warehouse TERRADA ©Tennoz Art Festival 2019 Artwork by ARYZ ©Tennoz Art Festival 2021 Artwork by KINJO

Tennozu Isle has become a place to enjoy art in Tokyo. In recent years, works by renowned artists displayed here have attracted international attention.

While there are many prominent museums in Tokyo, those who want to converse with artists should visit WHAT CAFE in Tennozu Isle.

You will be inspired by the art on display and gain a new perspective of the world.

A Place to Leisurely Enjoy Art

Compared to other art spots, Tennoz Isle is less crowded because the art facilities are scattered throughout the area.

In particular, WHAT CAFE offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy art at a relaxing pace. It's a treat to be able to appreciate art in the metropolis with a cup of coffee.

We recommend planning a half-day art tour of Tennozu Isle. A visit will further confirm why people are attracted to this art-centric district.

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.