Art Museum Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Nasu Stained Glass Museum
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 1790
    This is the largest stained glass museum in Japan, and it is located along Prefectural Route 21 in Takakuhei, Nasu Town. The interior is decorated in the style of the manor houses in Cotswolds, England, and it contains several works of antique stained glass from the 1800s. The chapel hosts daily pipe organ and music box performances, and it is possible to book it for wedding ceremonies.

    We mainly visited the place for kids to experience stained glass classes and also looked at the beautiful building. Kids were not that interested so we felt the pricy entrance fees not worthed it. As...

  • Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 3021
    The Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art and Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko are located around 20 minutes' drive from the Sakuragawa-Chikusei Interchange of the Kita-Kanto Expressway, via the Tomobe Junction of the Joban Expressway. The Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art features works by the late Mr. Shoji Hamada, who was a designated Living National Treasure, as well as works by other ceramists associated with the town of Mashiko. On the same site, there are also the Sasajima Kihei Hall, which has permanent exhibitions of works by the printmaker Kihei Sasajima, who studied under Shiko Munakata, and the Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence, which hosts artists-in-residence from all over the world as part of an international exchange program. Shoji Hamada's House, which has been designated as a Cultural Property by the town of Mashiko, includes a reconstruction of the climbing kiln that Mr. Hamada used.

    This meseum is modern and is very nice and clean and very friendly to English visitor. The art that are on displays changes every 3 to 4 months so its always good to go back and visit to see what is...

  • Utsunomiya Museum of Art
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Nagaokachou 1077
    An art museum in Utsunomiya City. Their collection brings together modern art, posters, and designer furniture that focus on the themes of Art and the Region, Art and Life, and Art and the Environment. They also display works of art from local Utsunomiya artists. The museum holds special exhibitions and art related workshops as well as nature viewing excursions into Utsunomiya's Cultural Forest.

    I have visited the museum countless times. The park in which it is located in and of itself is an attraction and worth taking a picnic, a frisbee, a camera to on a fine day. Unless you are disabled...

  • Kurita Museum
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Komabachou 1542
    This world leading porcelain art museum's collection includes works by Imari, Nabeshima, and Kakiemon and is surrounded by 100,000 square meters of natural greenery. The main building is characterized by its white plaster walls and with over 400 exhibits you can see their entire collection on display. There's also the history hall with its porcelain tiled walls, which has a showroom of large porcelain pots by Imari and an observation deck on the top-most floor.

    Nice and beautiful museum. Lots of porcelaine and informative. However, not suitable if you are going in for more knowledge on porcelaine. They have great pieces and history on it. But no translation...

  • Ashikaga Museum of Art
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Tori 2-14-7
    This unusual art museum is built into a housing complex. The museum supports the local culture and artistic endeavors of the Ashikaga and Ryomo regions, with works by local artists from both areas on display. Fine art and performing art workshops are held at the museum. There is also a free to view local artist's corner.

    美術館の1階にあるスペース。美術館の無料デーに行きました。猫に関するグッズが多かった。足利らしい織物関連のお土産もありました。100円のしおりはちょっとしたお土産になると思います。

  • Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 3388
    Shoji Hamada was a potter and living national treasure. This memorial hall in Mashiko Town, Haga County, Tochigi Prefecture showcases his pottery collection. Of course, Mr. Hamada’s own work is on display, as is the work of his colleagues Kawai Kanjiro, Bernard Leach, and others. The facility consists of Hamada’s residence and a portion of his workshop. An exhibition hall, studio, his climbing kiln, and a seasonal flower garden are all open to the public.

    Great visit to view a little of Shoji Hamadas life and reflect on his influence on ceramics. Theres an entry fee and takes about 30-45 min to walk through.

  • Iwamura Kazuo Ehon-no-Oka Art Museum
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnakagawamachi Koisago 3097
    An art museum in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. Managed by Iwamura Kazuo, author of beloved picture books such as the 14 Little Mice series and the Little Squirrel series, the exhibits center around the themes of picture books and nature. Inside the museum you'll find three exhibition spaces along with a small hall, a reading corner, and a shop which sells picture books and goods. In the tea room you can enjoy handmade cakes while passing the time away.

    友達が大好きな14ひきシリーズ、その中の三巻には、寺島尚彦さんの連弾組曲が作曲されています。ミュージアムショップで、その貴重な楽譜を購入しました。オンデマンド版注文生産の楽譜には、表紙の可愛い絵が無いので、買えて良かったです。館内のグランドピアノでコンサートも開かれるとのこと、コンサートの時に来たいです。

  • Nasu Orgel Museum
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 270
    This music box museum is located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. Its permanent exhibit features 100 items including antique music boxes, mechanical musical instruments, and other items, most of which are from the collection of music box collector Kiyoshi Sato. Visitors to the museum, which is visited by many tourists, can also enjoy activities such as making their own music box.

    音の深みがあるオルゴールばかり。 一度は訪問して、あの音色を聴いて癒されるのもアリだと思います。 美術館の外に鐘があるのですが、恋人と鐘の下で愛を確めあうのも良いかもしれませんね。

  • Stone Plaza
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Ashino 2717-5
    This art museum was designed by architect Kuma Kengo. Originally an old stone warehouse it is almost entirely constructed out of stone. On display are stone works, interactive exhibitions, photographs, and drawings, and regular special events are held. There is also a cafe and shop.

    こじんまりした美術館ですが、設計が面白く、隈研吾×石という観点での設計展示がとても面白かった!雰囲気も独特でさすが隈先生。あっぱれ。

  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Sakura 4-2-7
    This art museum's collection spans local and domestic artists as well as works from western Europe, and their 8,000-piece collection includes examples of paintings, woodblock prints, illustrations, photographs, and handicrafts. Along with the permanent exhibits they also invite you to come in contact with art through a wide variety of special exhibits, workshops, and events for everyone from children to adults.

    監視人の女性たちは殆どがアルバイトですが、鑑賞している最中の目線がキツイ。まるで、罪悪人を見る視線で、落ち着いて鑑賞できない。せっかく隣の県から訪ねたのに、おもてなしができていない。最後には、男性職員が、2人、出口から入ってきて、ジロリと一喝、とっても感じ悪ーという、なんて日だ!

  • Seiji Fujishiro Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Tochigi Nasu-gun Nasumachi Yumoto 203

    美術館併設のカフェです。ギフトコーナーの横なので、あれこれギフトを選んだりしてちょっと一息というときに。ガラス張りなので店内は明るい雰囲気です。あまり混んでいなかったのでゆっくりできました。コーヒーは影絵カップでのサーブでした。購入した作品集をみたり余韻に浸れました。

  • Emile Galle Museum (Exposition Permanente des Verreries D' Emile Galle)
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 132
    This art museum in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture is located inside a building styled after the architecture of medieval Europe. The museum primarily exhibits the works of French artist Emile Galle as well as materials such as his sketches and letters. The museum also has its own cafe where visitors can relax. At the museum shop, visitors can purchase glass products, original accessories, and other items.

    初めて行きました。最初はあまり期待してはいませんでしたが、入って見てびっくりです。収蔵品の多さと質の高さに驚きでした。ガレのすばらしい作品がまじかに見られます。細部までよく見えます。入館記念として、売店で「ガラス玉」を頂けます。いい記念になりました。

  • Kanuma Municipal Art Museum of Kawakami Sumio
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Tochigi Kanuma-shi Mutsumicho 287-14
    This art museum was founded in 1992 with the donation of some 2,000 works of art from Katsusaburo Hasegawa (1912-2001), a Kanuma City native who was a student of Kawakami Sumio. The museum was built with fukaiwa stone quarried in Kanuma. Its exterior, which resembles the western-style buildings of the Meiji period, was designed based on one of Kawakami's woodblock prints. Its interior was finished with generous amounts of wood. The museum rotates its exhibits four times per year, allowing visitors to explore a variety of different themes.

    がっしりとした立派な体躯の持ち主で、若き日には北米の缶詰工場で肉体労働をされた事も、又教師時代は確か野球部の部長も長く続けられたという男の中の男という写真ではニコリともしない風貌の川上澄生画伯だが…その感性はガラス細工のようであったような気がするのである。 氏の作品のファンで版画も二点所有、で長年この美術館を訪れたく思っていたが東京からあと一足伸ばすのがなかなか勇気のいる事で先延ばしになっていた...

  • Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Nikko
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2388-3
    This art museum can be found along Prefectural Route 247 in Sannai, Nikko City. Hoan Kusugi, an honorary resident of Nikko City, was a prolific painter produced western and Japanese paintings, manga, illustrations, and more. In addition to his works, the collection also contains works by Gizo Yoshizawa, Hiroyuki Saito, Naoto Nakamura, Shunya Akiyama, and others. In addition to planned exhibitions, there are performances and rakugo comedy shows as well.

    There was less than 50 paintings here and you couldnt take photos! Not many of the paintings were by kasugi hoan.

  • Trick-art Pia Nikko
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kosagoe 1-4
    This trick art museum located in Nikko City’s Kosagoe area allows visitors to enjoy numerous exhibits using optical illusions. The museum is divided up into seven areas, each exhibiting works with different themes such as famous world paintings, a zoo, and an aquarium. This is a popular spot among group customers such as families and couples since visitors can not only look but also touch and play with the exhibits. Outside the museum there are also a sacred lover’s monument and a café.
  • Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
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    Tochigi Nasu-gun Nakagawamachi Bato 116-9
  • Nikko Toshogu Art Museum
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301 Sunlight in Toshogu Shrine
    This is an art museum on the grounds of Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. There are about 100 paintings on view, including partition paintings on cedar doors and sliding panels from the old shrine office. One of the highlights is the masterpiece “Choyo-no-Zu” by Yokoyama Taikan, a master of Japanese painting. Besides the chance to admire the works of Nakamura Gakuryo and Arai Kanpo, the architectural beauty of the building with its old cedar woodwork is also a highlight.
  • Utsunomiya Fairy Museum
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    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Baba Dori 4-1-1 Utsunomiya Omote-sando Square Citizen Plaza 5F
    "This museum dedicated to fairy-themed art is located on the east side of the Nikko Futarasan-Jinja shrine. On the fifth floor of Utsunomiya Omotesando Square, the museum displays fairy-inspired ceramics and paintings. The beautiful stained-glass artwork near the entrance was designed by videogame and anime character designer Yoshitaka Amano. The museum was created in 2003 in order to ""make Utsunomiya a charming city which fosters dreams"" after prominent fairy researcher Kimie Imura offered to donate rare, historically valuable items concerning fairies. The adjoining museum shop sells notepads and clear files bearing Amano's stained-glass artwork design, and more."
  • Ryusenji Museum
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    Tochigi Ashikaga-shi Sukedo 1-652
    The Ryusenji Temple, a sub temple of the Enryakuji Temple, was established in 1205. Since ancient times, the temple has served as a space supporting regional culture, and today a part of the temple is open to the general public as an art museum. The museum's standing exhibition consists of famous works by artists such as Shiko Munakata, Tawaraya Sotatsu, and Taikan Yokoyama, and all are welcome to come in contact with the culture and history of Ashikaga City. The temple grounds bustle with visitors when it holds a Daruma doll market and a lucky Garamaki ceremony from New Year's Day to the Setsubun celebration. Said to ward away evil and misfortune, the temple is visited by many worshippers.
  • Soun Museum of Art
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    Tochigi Ashikaga-shi Midoricho 2-3768
    This art museum stands at the southern edge of Ashikaga Park. The museum displays the artwork as well as the personal effects of Tazaki Soun, a Southern School painter who was active in Ashikaga from the end of the Edo period through the Meiji period. Known as a late Edo period loyalist painter, Soun studied under artists such as Kanai Ushu and his works have been highly praised outside Japan. Soun was also chosen to be the first Imperial Household Artist, once the highest honor for an artist in Japan, and the museum stores, conserves, and presents his artwork and personal effects. A thatched roof residence believed to have been the home of Soun stands in the museum's garden, and visitors can take in a peaceful atmosphere cut off from the hustle and bustle of the everyday.

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Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi’s capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.

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