• Recommended Museums in Japan

    There are wonderful museums all over Japan.
    Some of exhibition is Japan oriented, some are from oversea, and some are imitating famous arts.
    Today, we would like to introduce highly recommended museums in Japan, not only in Tokyo, but also in local places.

  • Asia  >  Japan  >  Tokyo  >  Minato

    The industrialist and president of Tobu Railway, NEZU Kaichiro, Sr.(1860-1940) established a foundation in his will to preserve his personal collection. The museum opened at his private residence on this Aoyama site the following year,in 1941. Set in the spacious traditional-style garden with pond are several tea houses (chashitsu) because Kaichiro was an enthusiastic practitioner of 'the way of tea.'The Nezu Museum is considered especially strong in arts related to 'tea.'

    Nezu Kaichiro's holdings of Japanese and other Asian pre-modern arts form the core of the museum collection. Today--thanks also to outstanding recent donations by several private collectors--it comprises more than 7,400 objects including calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, bamboo crafts and textiles. There are seven items designated as National Treasures, 87 Important Cultural Properties, and 94 works registered as Important Art Objects.

    The museum's group of ancient Chinese bronzes is world famous. Other well-known works include Chinese Song/Yuan period paintings and calligraphy such as Fishing Village at Sunset by Muxi, and Quail attributed to Li Anzhong. Japanese religious paintings are well represented by such Buddhist works as Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairocana) and the Kongokai (Diamond) Mandala, and the famed Shinto painting, Nachi Waterfall. The museum has extensive holdings of paintings and ceramics from after the fifteenth century and has become best known for the folding-screen painting Irises, by the seventeenth century Rimpa artist, Ogata Korin.

    Kaichiro avidly collected hanging scrolls and utensils for tea gatherings. He adopted the tea name of Seizan, "Blue/Clear Mountain." Particularly fine examples of the tea aesthetic that he collected range from thirteenth century Chinese celadon flower vases, Japanese Ashiya type tea kettles and Seto tea caddies and incense containers, to Korean ido tea bowls. The Museum's commitment to sustain his legacy is reflected by the installation of a new chashitsu in the garden to supplement those available for use by tea afichiados today and in the future.

  • Asia  >  Japan  >  Shimane  >  Yasugi

    It was granted the highest rank of three stars in the French travel guidebook. There are a lot of Japanese famous arts here. Every year a lot of tourists visit here. Please enjoy the view which will change every season!
    You can enjoy Japanese style garden and various Japanese arts here!

  • Asia  >  Japan  >  Tokushima

    The Otsuka Museum of Art is a "Ceramic board masterpiece art museum" with the largest exhibition space in Japan (total floor of 29,412 square meters), built to commemorate the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group’s 75th anniversary in Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture. Inside, there are more than 1,000 replicas of priceless masterpieces of Western art selected by a committee of 6, from ancient murals to modern paintings, and collection from more than 190 art museums in 25 countries worldwide. These masterpieces are reproduced to their original size using special techniques by the Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics Co., Ltd. Unlike the paintings in art books or textbooks, visitors will able to appreciate the true artistic value of the original works, and experience art museums of the world while being in Japan.

    Furthermore, while the original masterpieces cannot escape the damaging effects of today’s pollution, earthquakes and fire, the ceramic reproductions can maintain their color and shape for over 2,000 years, and this is a large contribution in the nature of preserving the history of cultural treasures. This is a groundbreaking experiment where we have reproduced ″Guernica,″ which can no longer be moved, and El Greco’s high altar panels, which have been dispersed during war. We received many endorsements and compliments from Picasso's son, Miro’s grandchildren and art museum curators from all over the world who came to check the quality of these 1,000 works. The Otsuka Museum of Art can be considered as the world’s first and only ceramic art museum, both technically and philosophically.

    Ichiro Otsuka Director General, Otsuka Museum of Art

    Over 1,000 pieces of Western masterpieces ceramic board replicas displayed in the Otsuka Museum of Art are selected by 6 renowned art historians including Masanori Aoyagi, Vice President of the Tokyo University (March 1998 – ).

  • Asia  >  Japan  >  Shiga  >  Koka

    It is built in the beautiful mountain. The building was designed by the designer who also designed Louvre Pyramid。The concept of this building is accordance with the nature as it is. You can enjoy arts of Ancient Egypt, West Asia, Greek, Roma, Southern Asia, China and Japan. We highly recommend you to visit here if you like art!!

  • Asia  >  Japan  >  Tokyo  >  Mitaka

    The Ghibli Museum is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli, one of Japan's most famous animation studios. They have produced many feature length films with worldwide distribution such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

    Located in Mitaka, just outside of central Tokyo, the museum is a must-see for fans of the films. The museum itself is whimsically designed in the distinct style of the studio's films, and many of their famous characters are there, including a life-sized robot from "Castle in the Sky" on the rooftop garden.

    The first floor of the museum exhibits the history and techniques of animation and has as a small theater which shows short movies by Studio Ghibli that are exclusive to the museum. The second floor houses special temporary exhibitions. The museum also has a cafe, children's play area, a rooftop garden and a gift shop.

    Tickets can be purchased online through Voyagin (ticket only)
    but cost considerably more than the regular admission fee of 1000 yen per person.