Art Museum Spots in Niigata Area

  • Niitsu Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Akiha-ku Gawakesawa 109-1
    The Niitsu Art Museum is located within the Hana to Iseki no Furusato Park, near to Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden and the Furutsu Hachimanyama Kofun historical site. The Museum hold a wide range of exhibitions, including early-modern period Nihonga and Yoga style paintings and sculptures, photography, original drawings used in the production of picture-books, comic books, animation, etc. A child-minding service, using expert professional staff, is available for visitors with young children (over six months old but below school age), although the service must be booked at least three days before visiting the Museum. The Niitsu Art Museum is located around 20-minute drive from the Niitsu Interchange on the Ban-Etsu Expressway.
  • Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Honchou 6-71-2
    This museum was founded to promote the region around Tokamachi. It's the main venue for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, an intentional art festival held once every three years in Echigo-Tsumari. The building itself was designed by Hiroshi Hara, one of Japan's leading architects. The cubic building has a pond set in its square atrium. During periods other than the art festival, it has a permanent exhibition with various artwork on display. There is also a museum shop and a cafe restaurant fashioned on a Spanish Bar.
  • Ikeda Memorial Art Museum
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    Niigata Minamiuonuma Urasa 5493-3
    An art museum born thanks to the efforts of the late Tsuneo Ikeda, a man of culture born here in Uonuma City (once the town of Koide). Ikeda was the founder of Baseball Magazine Sha and KobunSha, and the museum displays works of art and other items he collected as well as a variety of other cultural assets relating to sports, literature, and the arts. The museum’s permanent exhibition is divided into four sections. The KobunSha company published many works by Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), and in turn the museum has an exhibition dedicated to the author. There’s also a sports and culture exhibition which hosts exhibits on professional baseball, the Olympics, and Japan’s first sports cards; a Japanese art exhibition which displays works by Kiyohara Tama (Eleonora Ragusa), Japan’s first female Western-style painter; and an international art exhibition.
  • The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Bandaijima 5-1 Toki Messe within the Manijima building 5F
    You’ll find this art museum on the fifth floor of the Toki Messe Bandaijima Building in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a branch of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in Nagaoka City. Together, both buildings have a combine total of over 6,000 items, including works by artists with ties to Niigata as well as postwar modern art and art from other parts of Asia. There are no permanent exhibitions; about five or six exhibitions are held each year, rotating between planned exhibitions and collection showcases. There’s also a shop where you can purchase illustrated books of the collections and other museum goods.
  • Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Senshu 3-278-14
    This is an art museum opened in Nagaoka City, Niigata prefecture in 1993. It collects and exhibits art works from Niigata, Japan and around the world. There is a collection of about 6,000 artworks mainly focusing on the “Taiko Collection” of the current Taiko Bank as well as contemporary art from the Meiji period, 19th century Western art and artworks by Niigata local artists. Aside from the permanent exhibition, collection exhibitions and special exhibitions, as well as workshops where visitors can enjoy art casually, are held at the museum.
  • Sado Hangamura Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Aikawakomeyamachi 38-2
    This is a private art museum on Kyomachi-dori Street that richly preserves Sado Kinzan’s history. The elegant building with its red-tiled roof occupies the old Aikawa Court House. Works by the late woodblock print artist and founder of Hangamura Shinichi Takahashi as well as by Hangamura artists are displayed. Visitors would do well to note that the museum is closed from December to February.
  • Hoshi to Mori no Uta Museum
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    Niigata Tokamachi-shi Inaba 1099-1
    This art museum was built in 1996 as part of social work conducted by the Maruyama Komusho company. Based on the idea of bringing relaxation and warmth to the city, the museum is surrounded by Japanese beech trees and displays pieces by artists connected to Niigata Prefecture. Literally translating to “Star and Forest Song Museum,” the facility’s distinctive name alludes to the centerpieces of its collection –“Forest of the Stars,” a woodblock print by Joichi Hoshi; Living National Treasure Akitsugu Amata’s “Sword of the Big Dipper,” a Japanese sword; and “Poetry of the Forest,” a sculpture by Nika Association member Hidemasa Fujimaki. Visitors say that being surrounded by the museum’s relaxing atmosphere warms the heart. The museum has no standing exhibition, instead only holding four special exhibitions each year.
  • Another Singularity
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    Niigata Tokamachi-shi Bo 913
    This work of art was entered in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. One of the world’s largest international art festivals, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is held once every three years in Echigo-Tsumari (Tsunan Town and Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture), one of Japan’s snowiest areas. Housed inside of a vacant home in Tokamachi, a city experiencing depopulation and population aging, the piece represents the beginnings of the universe. The home in which the piece is displayed has had its walls removed, leaving the pillars, beams, and other structural components exposed. The figure of a person emerges from a complex matrix in the center of 682 cords attached to the floor, walls, and celling. The piece was created by British artist Antony Gormley.
  • Meruhen Glass Museum
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Nishikan-ku Echizenhama 4715
    This creativity space is in a remodeled kominka (old house) in Echizenhama. They exhibit and sell glass burner-work figures and accessories by glass artist Naoko Matsuda. The gallery makes use of the old parlor room, and displays a variety of pieces by different artists to allow a close up look at their beauty and unique perspectives. There is also a cafe space where you can enjoy lunch, cake, and a variety of drinks. They also offer a variety of classes open to lone guests, as well, where you can try making “porcel-arts” or herbarium bottles yourself.
  • Tsurui Museum of Art
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Higashiodori 1-2-23 Hokuriku Building 1F
    This art museum was created by a businessman born and raised in Niigata based on a desire to leave behind the art he had collected as cultural assets for his native Niigata. The museum has no standing exhibit, instead holding four special exhibitions each year displaying pieces from the around 16,000 works of art in its collection. Pottery makes up the majority of this collection. The museum possesses a large number of pieces by the great masters Itaya Hazan, Tomimoto Kenkichi, and Yaichi Kusube, and a porcelain vase decorated with a depiction of a bird created by Itaya is a designated Important Cultural Property. The collection also includes many other rare and valuable pieces, including Japanese paintings by Taikan Yokoyama and Literati paintings by Ike no Taiga.
  • Ryokan no Sato Art Museum
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    Niigata Nagaoka-shi Shimazaki 3938
    "The art museum is on Washima, where celebrated monk Ryokan Taigu spent his autumn years. It exhibits works by famous cultural figures, centering around documents and poems by Ryokan and his favored pupil Teishin-ni. Inside the museum, they fun the film ""Washimano Ryokan/Ryokan to Teishin-ni"" on a massive screen, offering an up-close look at the man's character, described as a man of ""gentle face and kind words.” There is a free calligraphy and origami activity area, to help visitors experience the soul of Ryokan themselves. Many visitors pass by on their trips to visit nearby his Bodai-ji, Ryusen-ji temple, as well as the Kimura's house where Ryokan spent his later years."
  • Roadside Station Minami-uonuma Imaizumi Memorial Museum
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    Niigata Minamiuonuma Shimo-hitoichi 855
    An art museum adjoining Roadside Station Minamiuonuma Yuki Akari standing in front of the Uono River. The museum displays woodblock prints, paintings, and crafts by renowned artists from across Japan and the world, including Shiko Munakata masterpiece the “Ten Great Disciples of the Buddha.” The museum’s permanent exhibition, titled “The World of Shiko Munakata,” contains more than 40 works of art by the woodblock printmater. Enveloped in the museum’s stillness, visitors can take their time and immerse themselves in the artist’s worldview. The museum also displays South Pacific folk carvings collected by the late Ryuhei Imaizumi, whose efforts led to the building of the facility; it was not customary to preserve the carvings in the areas where they were produced, and as such today they are extremely precious cultural assets.
  • Niigata City Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nishiohatachou 5191-9
    You’ll find this art museum next to Nishiohata Park in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. Its collections and exhibitions focuses on contemporary and modern art as well as the works of artists with ties to Niigata. The building was designed by Kunio Maekawa, a Niigata-born architect, in his latest years. The collection consists of over 4,000 items and includes modern art by Bonnard, Rodin, Piccaso, and more, as well as domestic artists such as Yayoi Kusama. Several exhibits are held every year.
  • NOU BUTAI (Agrarian Stage) Snow-Land Agrarian Culture Center, Matsudai
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsudai 3743-1
    At this comprehensive cultural facility located close to Matsudai Station, visitors can experience Matsudai Snow-Land Agrarian culture and art. In the building, designed by a Dutch architect group, beauty can be felt both indoors and in the outer areas as a single artwork. Inside the hall, you can catch a glimpse the lifestyle of the rural community coexisting with nature as well as an artist space. The satoyama slopes surrounding the museum act as a large field museum, and a number of works by famous artists such as Yayoi Kusama’s “Tsumari in Bloom” are always on display.
  • Gyokusuien Garden and Tanimura Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Itoigawashi Kyougamine 2-1-13
    The Gyokusuien Garden and Tanimura Art Museum are located in the Kyogamine 2 Chome district of Itoigawa City. The Tanimura Art Museum, which showcases 10 Buddha statues created by the famous woodcarver Seiko Sawada, is a visually striking building that was designed by renowned architect Togo Murano. The two gardens located adjacent to the museum—the Gyokushien Garden and the Hisuien Garden—were both designed by leading garden designer Kinsaku Nakane, and allow visitors to enjoy a different experience in each season of the year. The Gyokushien Garden has a café and shop.
  • Yahiko-no-oka Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Nishikambaragunyahikomura Yahiko 2502-1
    The Yahiko-no-oka Art Museum is situated adjacent to the Yahiko Village Cultural Center within the Shiroyama Forest Park, in Yahiko Village, Nishikanbara County. The Museum holds thematic exhibitions in a wide range of art forms, including Nihonga style paintings, landscape paintings, calligraphy, woodblock prints, etc. The Museum is built on top of a hill that offers superb views of Mt. Yahiko; every season of the year has its own unique scenery.
  • Tochio Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Nagaokashi Uenoharamachi 1-13
    The Tochio Art Museum was founded to mark the 40th anniversary of the granting of city status to Tochio (Tochio has since been absorbed into Nagaoka City), in a location that has the site of Tochio Castle—which is associated with Uesugi Kenshin—in the background. The Museum holds four special exhibitions every year, and also holds exhibitions of works from the Museum’s own collections by artists associated with the area. Workshops and galleries can be rented free of charge (for non-profit purposes), although advance booking is required. The Tochio Art Museum is located around 40-minute drive from the Nagaoka Interchange of the Kan-Etsu Expressway.
  • Kimura Tea Ceremony Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Kashiwazakishi Midorichou 3-1 Inside Matsuyunzan
    A 25-minute walk or seven-minute drive from Kashiwazaki Station on the JR Shinetsu Main Line. This Tea Ceremony Museum is within the Shoun Sanso Japanese Garden that was built in 1926. On display are many books and tools collected by Kimura Shigeyoshi who, as a tea ceremony teacher, taught many students and sought to popularize the tea ceremony. One of the biggest draws is that the tea utensils on display can actually be used for tea ceremonies. There is an outdoor tea room allowing you to enjoy your tea while gazing at the green leaves or autumn colors.
  • Christian Boltanski+Jean Kalman The Last Class
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    Niigata Tokamachi-shi Matsunoyama Fujikura 192
    "Echigo-tsumari region is about 30-minute drive from Matsudai Station on theHokuhoku Line.Christian Boltanski and Jean Kalman created their large-scale installation ""The Last Class""in 2006and submitted it tothe major tri-annual art festival, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018. The site of the festival is the Echigo-tsumari Region (the town of Tsunan in the city of Tokamachi), and the artists put the installation together in an abandoned elementary school to represent the notion of ""the absence of people."" It stimulates the five senses, with sounds like the beating of drums in the darkness and flickering lightbulbs. Recently, a new installation has been added to ""The Last Class"",Boltanski's""Theater of Shadows: Happy Companions"", which represents life and death in a humorous manner. It is open to the public for limited times outside of the Triennale."
  • Daitozan Art Museum
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    Nigata Pref. Tokamachishi Matsunoyama 1222
    This museum and garden is the refurbished home of the local Murayama family. It is about 20 minutes from Matsudai Station on the Hokuhoku Line on the Tokei Bus. The Murayama family's 700-year history and tradition are displayed along with daily items used by the family, paintings and writings, pottery, and other art works. The Murayama family were also heavily involved with Niigata born author Ango Sakaguchi. You can find articles that belonged to him and other relics such as caricatures written in the guest book, books and other related materials. The museum is closed in the winter due to the snow.

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Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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