Art Museum Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Dewamachi 2-1
    This integrated art museum is located in Dewamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It opened in 1959 and was moved to its current location in 1983. The museum collects and displays various works, ranging from the works of artists associated with Ishikawa Prefecture to the antiques associated with the Maeda Family of the Kaga clan, which are its focus, to Japanese-style paintings, oil paintings and sculptures. It also houses a National Treasure, “Iro-e Kiji Koro (Incense burner in the shape of pheasant decorated with overglaze enamels),” by Nonomura Ninsei, and other important cultural properties. There are seven collection exhibition rooms, which are rotated regularly, to display different works. The café created by a patissier Hironobu Tsujiguchi is also very popular.

    Visited to soak in the local art and was pleasantly surprised by the high quality exhibits. The incense burners are particularly lovely in person, as are some of the other historic exhibits. The...

  • Le Musée de H Museum of Tsujiguchi Hironobu
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    4.0
    130 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Wakuramachi Part 65-1
    This is an art museum produced by a world famous pastry chef called Hironobu Tsujiguchi who is from Nanao City in Wakura Town, Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The facility has three sections: an exhibition of sugar artworks by Mr. Tsujiguchi, a “Café” that provides original sweets and a shop called the “Patisserie Boutique” that sells take-out items such as cakes and baked goods. Not only can visitors enjoy the fusion of sweets and art, but original sweets available only in Wakura are also popular.

    Must eat to believe how delicious the cakes taste! Please make reservation. We waited more than an hour. And the popular ones are all gone. Had a few cakes made for the Christmas season. Small...

  • Notojima Glass Art Museum
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Notojima Koda Machi 125-10
    Located on a hill near Roadside Station Notojima, this art museum dedicated to glass art has an exterior appearance resembling a space station. Inside, the museum primarily displays glass art, including sculptures based on designs by Picasso and Chagall, Chinese Qing dynasty glasswork, and pieces by modern artists. The museum also holds special exhibitions which introduce all kinds of glass art. In the museum's garden, visitors can take in glass art as well as seasonal scenery and the sea off of Noto.

    As you can see, the building is very unique. They also have shop building which remind you of spacecraft but unfortunately the shop is closed by now. I think it would be better if they have shop or...

  • Kanazawa Noh Museum
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-2-25
    The Kanazawa Noh Museum is located adjacent to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on Prefectural Route 10 in 1 Chome, Hirosaka, Kanazawa City. The Museum collects and exhibits masks and costumes from the “Kaga Hosho” tradition (a style of Noh drama that developed in the Kaga Domain), which has been designated an Intangible Cultural Asset by Kanazawa City Government. The Hirosaka district, where the Museum is situated, has a strong association with Noh drama, as this is the district where the old Kanagawa Noh Theatre was located.

    The museum is on the main road and is not in the fine arts museum. We enjoyed taking pictures dressed in the noh outfit. Not much to buy. Super glad we found the place. It near the Kenrokuen. Exit on...

  • 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-2-1
    The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is housed in an imposing circular, glass-walled building, located in the center of Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Museum is divided into an Exhibition Zone, for which there is an admission charge, and a Public Zone, with free admission. There are a wide variety of art installations and artworks everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. One particularly popular exhibit is Leandro Erlich’s “The Swimming Pool” (popularly known as “Leandro’s Pool”). From ground-level, it looks as though the people underneath are underwater; this experiential work creates opportunities for fascinating encounters between the people above and the people down below.
  • Kutaniyaki Art Museum
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Daishoujijikatamachi 1 -10-13
    Kutaniyaki Art Museum is a museum in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture that is dedicated to Kutani-ware porcelain. The first floor of the Museum has exhibition rooms with masterpieces of Kutani-ware on display; the second floor has a tearoom and a multi-function event space that can be used for lectures, concerts, formal tea parties, etc. As the Museum is located within Ko-kutani-no-mori Oyamizu Park, it is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful flowers and greenery of the park, which change with the seasons.

    My daughter and I visited the museum and had a personalized tour in Japanese. I was quite fortunate since my daughter was able to translate it to English. It was very interesting to learn about the...

  • Wajima Museum of Urushi Art (lacquer art museum)
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Mitomorimachi Shijugari 11
    The Wajima Museum of Urushi Art was established in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture as a base for spreading awareness of the region’s outstanding lacquerware-making tradition. The external appearance of the Museum is reminiscent of the Azekura-zukuri (ancient architectural style using interlocking logs with a triangular section) architecture of the Shoso-in treasure house in Nara. Inside the spacious Museum, lacquer is everywhere. Besides displays introducing the historic Wajima lacquer-making tradition, there are also many lacquerware masterpieces made by Living National Treasures and Members of the Japan Art Academy on display. In the adjoining “Urushi no Sato Square”, visitors can view examples of several tree species, including trees that produce lacquer, and other trees the wood of which has lacquer applied to it to make lacquerware.

    Here, I saw many beautiful Wajimanuri, one of the most famouse traditional Japanese craftworks. I went to here because I found it in a free holiday brochure by chance. But, I was really moved that...

  • 11th Ohi Chozaemon Ware/Ohi Museum/Ohi Gallery
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Hashibacho 2-17
    Ohi ware is a type of pottery. Records state the origins of this pottery date back to when Maeda Tsunanori, the fifth lord of Kaga Domain, invited tea ceremony master Senso Soshitsu to Kaga to popularize the tea ceremony in the area; during his stay, Senso used clay from the outlying village of Ohi (now the neighborhood of Ohi-machi) to create tea cups. Ohi ware is shaped entirely by hand without the use of a potter’s wheel and is covered with a traditional ameyu glaze. The art museum standing on the studio’s grounds, open year-round, displays examples of Ohi ware made by the first Chozaemon head potter to the current head, as well as tea ceremony implements strongly connected to the old Kaga Domain. The studio’s Edo period samurai residence is a Kanazawa Designated Preservation Structure.

    A small, beautiful pottery museum. I was the only one here when I visited in the late afternoon. The pottery is fascinating, its a beautiful example of the wabi-sabi aesthetic. I wish there had been...

  • Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Komaruyamadai 1-1
    "An art museum located a five minute taxi ride from JR Nanao Station. Notable for its seven domed roofs, the museum collects and displays artwork connected to the Noto area. The museum's primary collection consists of the Ikeda Collection, a group of artworks assembled by a businessman with ties to Nanao City. The museum also holds periodic exhibitions, and visitors can view pottery such as Mino ware and Karatsu ware, Japanese paintings, sculptures, crafts, and more. In the museum's high definition video corner, visitors can view a documentary on Nanao-born master painter Hasegawa Tohaku as well as a replica of one of his ""Sanju banjin-zu"" (""Figure of 30 Guardian Dieties"")."

    七尾市小丸山台にあります、何せモニュメントが素晴らしかった七尾市県立の美術館があるとは知りませんでした展示品はどれも素晴らしいがやはり規模が小さく見栄えしなかった。

  • Kutaniyaki Kamaato Tenjikan
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamashironsen 19-101-9
    A museum dedicated to Kutani ware ceramics located in the Yamanaka Onsen hot spring resort area in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The museum houses a restored climbing kiln used to make Kutani ware which was moved here from Kutani Village in 1826. Designated a National Historic Site, the kiln site is open for viewing by the general public. A separate museum building presents how Kutani ware is made and the history of the craft; the building was once a private home which was used as on office for the operation of the kiln as well as residence and studio. Visitors can view the aforementioned Kutani ware climbing kiln, the oldest still in existence, as well as displays presenting tools used in making Kutani ware. The museum also holds short classes in which participants can try their hand at ceramics decorating and spinning potter on a potter’s wheel.

    展示館の体験コース、見学コースと隣接する九谷焼のお土産さんがあって時間の関係で御茶碗と急須ののお土産のみ購入しました。値段の割に高品質で愛用しています。

  • Kaga City Art Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Sakumimachi Ri 1-4
    An art museum located in the business district in front of Kagaonsen Station. The museum was established to serve as a tourist and culture information center, community gathering space, and central hub for introducing people to the arts and crafts of Kaga City. A large number of works by artists connected to Kaga City are gathered in its four exhibition spaces, and the museum displays crafts, paintings, and a wide array of other art pieces. Also functioning as a space for art and culture activities for local residents, the museum holds a variety of special exhibitions throughout the year.

    加賀温泉駅近くにある美術館です。入館料は200円と安かったですが、公開されていたのは常設展のみ、ゆっくり見て10分で見終わりました。

  • Kanazawa Yuwaku Yumeji-kan Museum
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Yuwakumachi I144-1
    This art museum, opened in 2000, is dedicated to Yumeji Takehisa. Takehisa was deeply connected to Kanazawa and Yuwaku Onsen, and through his works and personal affects, visitors can learn more about his timeless artistry and humanity. The museum’s permanent collection looks at the theme of “Travel, Women and Beliefs” and introduces the artistry and humanity of Takehisa. The museum also holds around four special exhibitions each year.

    湯涌温泉にお泊まりでしたら翌朝お帰りの前に立ち寄っていただきたい。入場料も割安で竹久夢二と3人の女性との関わり合いが説明されている。ショップで絵葉書を買って帰りました。

  • Kutani Ware Kaburaki Kanazawa Kutani Museum
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Nagamachi 1-3-16
    The traditional Japanese architecture evokes the Nagamachi Samurai manor scenery, and it holds a Kutani ware sales space, a tearoom, counter looking on an inner garden, and and a museum holding the Kaburaki Collection room. It displays unique pieces collected by the owners of the Kaburaki shop through its history from the first owner through the current, eight generation.
  • Komatsu City Honjin Memorial Museum of Art
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    Ishikawa Komatsu-shi Marunouchikouenmachi 19
    This art museum exhibits 1,000 pieces comprising the collection of the late Junichi Honjin, from a banker family out of Komatsu City. The Edo period warehouse has been arranged into a modern round style designed by Kisho Kurokawa. They hold events throughout the year, including temporary and special exhibits, and they also sell art books and merchandise.
  • Komatsu City Miyamoto Saburo Museum of Art
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    Ishikawa Komatsu-shi Konmademachi 5
    This art museum displays the works and appeal of Saburo Miyamoto, a western-tradition painter born in Matsuzaki Town, Komatsu city, Ishikawa prefecture. They hold events throughout the year, including temporary and special exhibits. There are exhibits perfect for parents and children, making this perfect for families to get more familiar with art.
  • Ochaya Art Museum, Former Nakaya, Cultural Asset designated by Kanazawa City
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Higashiyama 1-13-7
    "This cultural museum conveys the teahouse culture of Kanazawa to the present time. The museum building is a typical teahouse that was actually used during the Edo period. The first floor is used for art exhibitions and displays the luxurious colorful hairpins once used by Geisha. The second floor is a spacious drawing room, with vivid blue and red walls. The courtyard has a beautiful ""suikinkutsu"" (a buried earthen jar that makes sounds due to dripping water), also not to be missed."
  • Nanso Museum of Arts
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    Ishikawa Wajima-shi Machinomachi Higashiono
    An art museum located close to the Machino River a 30-minute drive from downtown Wajima City. The museum is housed in a remodeled old rice granary building which has been designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. The museum displays over 250 works of art collected by the Nansoh, a wealthy family which prospered as the hereditary village headmen of imperial lands in the Edo period. Here visitors can see pieces by famous masters, including paintings by the great ink and wash painters Sesshu Toyo and Tawaraya Sotatsu, and pottery by Kyoto potter Ninsei Nonomura. The museum also contains restored areas which reveal what Japanese estates of the time looked like, such as an omoya main residential building and an irori sunken hearth. 400-year-old pines and holly olive as well as Noto Rhododendron obtusum grow in the garden in front of the museum. A Kyoto-style Japanese garden sprawls in the courtyard, and here visitors can take a relaxing stroll while taking pictures of seasonal plants.
  • Kanazawa Municipal Nakamura Memorial Art Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Hondamachi 3-chome 2-29

    This started as a private collection that was donated to the public. The museum is small and can be viewed in I Hut ion with the Suzuki museum next door. It has s lively garden and the tea ceremony...

  • Kataokaturutarokogeikan
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamanakaonsenyunodemachi Le 26-3

    山中温泉の総湯近くにあります、ここに片岡鶴太郎のミュージアムがあるのにはびっくりしました中には鶴太郎の作品展示があります俳優としても鶴太郎が好きなので大変うれしく思います。

  • Asazogojukichi Art Museum
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nomishi Izumidaimachi Minami 1

    This is ticketed with the adjacent museum making it worth a peek but there were few ceramics. Not worth a special visit.

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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