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  • Panasonic Shiodome Museum
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    3.5
    96 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Higashishimbashi 1-5-1 Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building 4F
    An art museum located on the fourth floor of the Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building in Minato City. The museum first opened in 2003. In addition to its standing exhibition of works by key 20th century French painter Georges Rouault, the museum also holds a variety of special exhibitions and art events. Making use of next-generation lighting, the museum uses approximately 50% less power than would otherwise be needed for a facility of its type. Note the museum’s environmentally friendly “gentle lighting.” This lighting environment brings out the true beauty of the pieces on display. Be sure to visit the museum shop as well.

    For a modern life, this museum depicts very useful things to educate common people to choose from various options. Though the term Museum is a kind of misleading but in reality, this facility...

  • Setagaya Art Museum
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kinutakouen 1-2
    This art museum located within Kinuta Koen Park in Tokyo’s Setagaya City has a distinctive building designed by architect Shozo Uchii which integrates into its surrounding lush scenery. The museum has approximately 15,000 works in its collection including Henri Rousseau’s “Portrait of Frumence Biche in Uniform,” Kitaoji Rosanjin’s “Figure of Sweetfish,” and works of artists with some connection to Setagaya City. In addition to exhibits of collections which change according to theme of the artifacts, it also hosts exhibitions in collaboration with museums and art museums inside Japan and around the world. The French restaurant that offers views of Kinuta Koen Park is also popular.

    The universe works in mysterious ways. Having studied ceramics, in particular the chemistry of glazes and glazing techniques at university level, and being in Japan looking at pottery as a souvenir...

  • Bunkamura The Museum
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1BunkamuraB1F
    A freestyle art museum located inside the Bunkamura complex just a seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station’s Hachiko Exit. A great variety of exhibitions focusing on the latest trends in modern art are held in the museum’s stylish and elegant atmosphere. The museum’s shows include displays of famed masterpieces belonging to museums around the world and solo exhibitions by artists rarely seen in Japan. In terms of themes, foresight, and topicality, Bunkamura The Museum’s exhibitions have been well-received not only in Japan but internationally as well. In order to make it easier for visitors to enjoy art, the museum is open until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Nagoya City Art Museum
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Sakae 2-17-25 Forest of art and science/In Shirakawa park
    An art museum which focuses on art relating to the local area but which also possesses pieces from international artists. Visitors can view School of Paris, Mexican Renaissance, and modern art. The museum also displays works by Amedeo Modigliani and Marc Chagall. The museum is located inside Shirakawa Park, where visitors can view modern sculptures by artists such as Isamu Noguchi. The museum has a library and coffee shop. The museum shop offers original merchandise such as prints of Amedeo Modigliani’s Girl with Pigtails, a piece in the museum’s collection.
  • Yokosuka Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokosukashi Kamoi 4-1
    This museum is located in Yokosuka City's Kannonzaki Park. In addition to the various exhibition areas, there is a Mountain Plaza and an Ocean Plaza facing the forest and the sea, letting guests view the ocean or do some forest bathing. The museum annex and the Rokuro Taniuchi Hall displays work by Rokuro Taniuchi, an artist who does the cover of the Weekly Shincho magazine. Events such as art markets and workshops are held from time to time.
  • Kasama Geijutsunomori Park
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2345
    This park integrating traditional Ibaraki crafts into the natural environs is located in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. In addition to the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, this expansive park is the setting for 17 artisanal works set in the hinoki cypress Tonomori grove, and the Crafthills Kasama where ceramic and craft workshops can be enjoyed.
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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    4.0
    123 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakienshoujichou
    This art museum inside Okazaki Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City first opened its doors in 1963. The museum’s annex, a modern building of glass and gray walls, was completed in 1986. The museum collects and preserves modern art from both within Japan and around the world and boasts a collection of over 12,000 pieces. The museum places particular emphasis on art from Western Japan and the Kansai region with a focus on Kyoto and has a collection of many works from the Kyoto and Kansai art worlds. The museum also displays industrial art pieces. In addition to a permanent exhibit whose contents are changed periodically, the museum also holds special exhibitions. The adjoining authentic Italian café is also popular.

    This Gallery is somewhat difficult to get to, depending where you are staying... save stress catch a taxi but have google map pre-organised as most taxi drivers cannot speak even basic English. Like...

  • Suntory Museum of Art
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-4 Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F
    This is an art gallery with a focus on Japanese ancient art located on the third floor of Tokyo Midtown Galleria Museum. Besides the National Treasure “Box with fusenryou design in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e”, the gallery is home to about 3,000 works of art. There is no permanent exhibition, but wonderful planned exhibitions not bound by the norms of regular exhibitions including paintings, ceramics, lacquer work, etc. are held. In addition, the tea room “Genchoan” offers Matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets. The nearest station is Roppongi Station.
  • Tokyo Toy Museum
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Yotsuya 4 - 20 Yotsuya open space
    Founded in Nakano as an art museum to see, play with, make and learn about toys, it has now relocated to the site of the former Fourth Yotsuya Elementary School. There are many exhibits of high quality “good toys” and traditional toys from both Japan and the West, and guests can actually touch and play with a substantial amount of the toys present. Toy curator staff members are on hand to teach visitors how to play games and play with the toys.
  • Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum
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    4.5
    521 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2083-17
    This is an art museum on Prefectural Route 319 in Yuyama, Fukubecho, Tottori City where sand sculptures, sculptures carved from sand, are exhibited. Sculptures are produced and exhibited on differing themes each year under the concept of travel around the world in sand, such as “Renaissance in Italy” and “World Heritages in Asia”. The displays can only be appreciated during the exhibition as when the exhibition has finished the sculptures turn back into sand.

    More than the sand dunes themselves this museum is worth a visit. For many years they have a changing exhibition each year with a theme. For us it was Nordic, so anything to do with the Nordic...

  • MIHO MUSEUM
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    4.5
    284 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichoutashiro Momotani 300
    This unique design of this art museum in Koka City, Shiga was created by famous architect, I. M. Pei who was also responsible for designing the glass pyramid at the Musee de Louvre. Built to evoke the image of Shangri-La, 80% of the building is underground allowing it to assimilate into the beautiful natural surroundings. Over 3,000 pieces of art are on display in four exhibition rooms which cover Egypt, Western-Asia, Southern-Asia, and the Western Regions of China and special themed exhibits are also held. * The museum is closed for the winter until March 20th, 2019.

    The architecture of this museum is of course gorgeous as it was designed by IM Pei but the museum itself is quite small. I was shocked to see that the largest exhibits were Chinese art. I would have...

  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 2-6-2
    Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is a museum with exhibitions focusing on modern 19th century art from the West. Built in 1894, the building was Marunouchi’s first Western-style office building, the “Mitsubishi Ichigokan” which was designed by the English architect Josiah Conder has been restored. There is no permanent exhibitions but instead planned exhibitions are opened 3–4 times a year. In addition to the museum café and shop, there is also a space called “the Archive Room” where you can experience the history of Marunouchi.
  • The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
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    4.0
    483 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 909
    A museum dedicated to the world-famous children’s story The Little Prince and the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry located in the Sengokuhara area of Hakone Town, Kanagawa Prefecture. The museum’s central exhibition hall presents the life of Saint-Exupéry and the writing of The Little Prince. The museum grounds also feature a recreation of an early 20th century French townscape, a beautiful garden, a restaurant serving delicious Little Prince-inspired dishes, and a shop.

    It should really be 2*, but as I don't speak Japanese and therefore missed a lot (almost all) I gave it 3*. It a very tired looking museum. Faded is the best word. And believe me I am a huge...

  • Tokugawa Art Museum
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Tokugawachou 1017
    This private art museum located within Tokugawaen in Nagoya City opened in 1935 to showcase items donated by the 19th lord of the Owari Tokugawa clan and his in-laws. The collection exceeds 10,000 items and is comprised of daimyo (feudal lord) implements passed down in the Owari Tokugawa clan such as relics related to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, articles purchased from other daimyo families, and donations from wealthy merchants. The collection includes numerous National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, and important works of art, and is famous for items such as Genji Monogatari Emaki (The Picture Scroll of the Tale of Genji)” and Hatsune no Chodo. Displays in the permanent section allow visitors to catch a glimpse of life in the Owari clan, and exhibitions are also held in accordance with the seasons as well as different themes.
  • Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
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    Tokyo Hachioujishi Yanomachi 492-1
    An art museum located close to Soka University in Yano-machi, Hachioji City, Tokyo. The museum was established by Soka Gakkai International founder Daisaku Ikeda. The museum's collection of some 30,000 paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and crafts covers a broad array of periods and regions, including Western art from the Renaissance to the modern day and photographs dating back to the birth of the art form.

    This museum has the largest collection of Western art of any museum we have been to so far. The collection is very well balanced as far as major schools of art being represented across a historical...

  • Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open-Air Museum
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Takeshikamihoniri 2085-70
    An outdoor sculpture museum located on the Utsukushigahara Highlands in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture which displays some 350 modern art sculptures on a meadow 2,000 meters above sea level. Dotted with pieces by such famed domestic and international artists as César Baldaccini, Alexander Liberman, Izumi Ando, and Masuo Ikeda, the museum’s meadow is truly a stunning sight. The museum is also surrounded by magnificent mountains, and lovely mountain plants bloom from spring to fall. The museum is open from late April to mid-November.
  • Towada Art Center
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    4.5
    215 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Nishinibanchou 10-9
    Located on Kanchogai-dori Avenue in Towada City, the Towada Art Center exhibits the artistic works of internationally-renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama and Ron Mueck. Intended to be a “facility for providing new experiences through art”, this center functions as a central pillar for the “Arts Towada Project” to make all of Kanchogai-dori Avenue function like a big art museum. It includes a café and activity spaces, offering chances to revitalize Towada City as an art town.

    This gallery was a real highlight in our journey on this particular day. I love collections that are not overwhelming in their scope and scale and the modern art on display here is top quality and...

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    595 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-1-15
    Located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this museum was Japan’s first private museum dedicated to Western art. The museum was built by Kurashiki industrialist Magosaburo Ohara in 1930. The Main Gallery, styled like a Greek temple, remains as it looked when the museum first opened. Inside, works by master Western painters such as Cezanne, Degas, and Renoir are on display. Several gallery concerts are held each year, a tradition which began in 1950.

    This is a private collection of art work which is worth visitting while in this small lovely town. The ticket is 1,300 yen and no photo allowed inside the museum which is a pity. There are 3...

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shirokanedai 5-21-9
    An art museum located in Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo. The museum is housed in the former residence of Prince Asaka, an art deco structure built in the early Showa period (1920s to 30s) now designated an Important Cultural Property. The museum conducts a variety of exhibitions on art deco and other themes. A new annex was built in 2014. Elevators were also installed and work was continued on the museum garden, with all construction finally being completed and all museum facilities being opened to the public in March 2018.
  • 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
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    4.5
    252 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-6 Tokyo Midtown/Garden
    Located in Tokyo Midtown, a multi-purpose complex directly connected to Roppongi Station, this museum holds exhibitions about design. Unlike traditional museums it was created to “think about daily articles from a design perspective, create objects and propose new ideas.” It is mainly host to organized exhibitions but also features talks and other events. The architecture of the building was designed by Tadao Ando and makes for a very unique exterior, such as with its roof made of one folded iron plate.

    This time I went to the trip for a week.During this trip we went to lots of place. Luckily, I met my friend and he told me the exhibition in here. I 'm so glad that I came here. Although we were...

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