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  • Sado Hangamura Art Museum
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    3.0
    11 Reviews
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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.

    1984年に旧相川裁判所の建物を利用して開館した版画専門の美術館です。建物は明治の面影を残し、郷愁を感じます。高橋信一氏は、佐渡を版画の島にと佐渡版画運動を展開した人物です。この運動に参加した佐渡在住のアマチュア作家の作品や高橋信一氏の遺作が展示されています。力強い素朴な作品が多く、感銘を受けました。

  • Snow Country Museum
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 354-1
    This is a museum showing the life and history of Yuzawa, that was the backdrop for Yasunari Kawabata's novel The Snow Country. Also displayed are some of Yasunari's beloved items and writings in his own hand, as well as a Japanese-style painting gallery depicting the world from the novel. This museum is located just a 7-minute walk from the Echigo Yuzawa Station.

    Its a little counter-intuitive to seek out a small history museum in a village better known for its ski slopes and rock festival. But if you have any interest in cultural history, this new and...

  • Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
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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.

    Echigo Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, Kinare is the main permanent art exhibit in the area and probably would have been the best place to begin as there were some information...

  • The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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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.

    I arrived in Niigata after a week in Tokyo, where dual English/Japanese information signs appear in most major museums. So I was disappointed that none existed here, where I went to a temporary...

  • Niigata City Art Museum
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
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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.

    Niigata Art Museum is a 15 minute bus ride from the History Museum - catch the bus on the side street in back. I was drawn by a rarely shown and massive exhibit of Hokusai woodblock prints, stunning...

  • NOU BUTAI (Agrarian Stage) Snow-Land Agrarian Culture Center, Matsudai
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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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.

    Matsudai Nohbutai in one of the two places in the art field area that is neara train station. Other than a Yayoi Kusama piece just outside Matsudai station and a piece in the side of the rice fields...

  • Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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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.

    I went for the Monet exhibit, which was 90 paintings that I had never seen before. It includes some of the artists early works (landscapes, family members) and some of his very intense late works...

  • Gyokusuien Garden and Tanimura Art Museum
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
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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.

    The textured concrete building looks like something out of a desert sandstorm from Star Wars ... combine that with the natural light, Buddhist inspired sculpture, gorgeous Japanese garden and...

  • Yahiko-no-oka Art Museum
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    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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    2.0
    1 Reviews
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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.

    予算の都合上かもしれませんが、展示物と説明があってないものがあります。 明らかに複製品、偽物が展示されており驚きました。 例えば、谷文晁とされる絵がありましたが、あのように塗る潰すような絵は描きませんし、あれほど下手な谷文晁は見たことがありません。 四十七士の絵は、江戸期と説明文には書いてありましたが、絵には明治と書いてありました。 公民館だと思えば腹は立ちませんが、もう少ししっかりして欲しいもの...

  • Niitsu Art Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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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.

    新潟市合併前の新津市が運営していた新津美術館の頃の方がエッジが効いた企画をしていた気がしますが、今もいいんじゃないですか?

  • Kimura Tea Ceremony Museum
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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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.

    数寄者の茶道具コレクションを中心とした茶道専門の美術館です。展示物の見事さもさることながら、隣の茶室では実際に収蔵品で抹茶を頂けます。展示物と同時に茶室で使用する茶道具の一覧も公開されてますので、使ってみたい方は好みの茶碗が使われているときに来館すると良いでしょう。なお、呈茶席のメインとなる貴重な茶碗は1席1名しか飲めませんので、電話予約をお勧めします。

  • 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.
  • Tomioka White Art Museum, Minamiuonuma City
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Kamiyakushidou 142
    This museum is approximately 20 minutes by bus from the JR Muikamachi Station, and a further three minutes on foot from the Kamiyakushido bus stop. This museum has a permanent collection of the master oil painter, Shiichiro Tomioka's White World Series which consists of around 500 works. He was born in Takada, Joetsu City, and is famous as the man who painted snow country. Tomioka created a white oil paint, known as Tomioka White, which solved all of the problems such as yellowing, cracking and peeling. His distinctive black and white depictions of the world, created with a technique that uses a large painting knife, are highly regarded worldwide as being absolutely unique.

    The White Museum captures the snow covered scenes of the region perfectly. Even on a warm summers day you feel the chill of the deep winter snow as you look at the collection of black and white...

  • Hoshi to Mori no Uta Museum
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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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.

    新潟を訪問した際に、なかなか行けない美術館に行きたいなあと思って見つけた美術館。山の中に別荘のようにひっそりの佇んでいます。お庭の湖とそれを囲むように設置されたかわいい彫刻達が素敵でした。規模は小さいですが、素敵な美術館です。

  • 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.
  • NIIGATA EYA
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Kamiokawamaedori 10 Bancho 1864
    An art gallery standing halfway between Niigata City Art Museum and the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum. The gallery was establishment with the aim of providing opportunities to come in contact with fine art, and to contribute to the creation of an environment in which the appreciation of art is part of the cultural activities enjoyed by local residents. Operating out of a remodeled townhouse dating to the Taisho period, the gallery’s exhibition room is a space where visitors can experience a variety of quality works of art. The gallery holds a variety of exhibitions each month, providing opportunities for incorporating art into the private spaces of the home and office. One of the gallery’s charms is that many of its featured artists personally visit the facility, enabling visitors to experience their works of art and worldview on an even deeper level.
  • Tsurui Museum of Art
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    4 Reviews
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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.

    どちらかというアートギャラリー的な小規模展示スペースでビルの一階の000ワンコーナー。常設ではなく期間を定めて美術品や陶芸品を展示しています。入場は有料です。 駅からすぐですからアクセスはとてもよいです。館内撮影禁止

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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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