Art Museum Spots in Hyogo Area

  • Himeji City Museum of Art
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68-25
    This art museum is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. It's housed in a red brick building that was constructed as an army warehouse during the Meiji period. Its collection consists of about 3,700 works from artists with ties to the region, as well as modern art from Japan and abroad. Their permanent exhibit in their Kunitomi Keizo Collection Room features Modern French paintings by Corot, Pizarro, Monet, Rouault, Matisse, and Utrillo. They also have a collection gallery, a sculpture garden, and they hold special and public exhibitions.

    Te permanent collection was not open to the public, so we just saw the temporary exhibition and I found it a bit too small. But the library which is on the right side after the ticket office its...

  • Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Nakahamachou 4-38
    A six-minute walk from Koroen Station on the Hanshin Electric Railway. This art museum was opened in 1972 by Nishinomiya City thanks to the donation of land, a building, and works of art from the late Takejiro Otani. The museum's collection primarily consists of Japanese modern Western style paintings and French modern paintings. In addition, the museum has over 1,100 works and art prints by local artists. Visitors are free to walk the garden visible from the museum's lobby, and one of the facility's draws is its beautiful scenery consisting of flowing water and lush greenery. The museum holds a variety of events, including an exhibition of original picture book illustrations from the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy.

    After living in this area for 10 years I discovered this museum by pure coincidence. I saw a poster on the train for an exhibition, which looked interesting, so I went. The exhibition featured a...

  • Kobe Fashion Museum
    34 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Kouyouchounaka 2-9-1
    The first national art museum focused on fashion, Kobe Fashion Museum is located on Rokko Island, a seaborne city in Higashinada Ward in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It boasts a unique design that resembles a UFO. Exhibits are on the first floor and include the basic exhibits, which feature a rich collection of items, and special exhibits hosted in other buildings. There is also a library featuring 40,000 books and magazines about fashion from both Japan and around the world, as well as a museum shop with artist contributions, an event hall, and other facilities.

    In one section a person can try on costumes and have a photo taken, and with video see themselves in additional costumes. Actual clothing display is in one large room, perhaps forty examples mostly...

  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Wakinohamakaigandori 1-1-1
    Designed to be integrate seamlessly into the adjoining Nagisa Park by architect Tadao Ando, the museum was opened in 2002 as one of the largest art museum in Western Japan. Located in Hat Kobe, locals simply call it, “the art museum.” The museum’s collection spans some 9,000 pieces of modern sculptures, woodblock prints, and contemporary art by Japanese and international artists as well as works by Hyogo-born artists such as Ryohei Koiso and Tadanori Yokoo.
  • Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art
    45 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Kouyouchounaka 5-7
    This art museum is on Rokko Island, a “floating city” in Higashinada Ward, Kobe City. It stores and displays over 2,000 works of art by Ryohei Koiso, an oil painter with a connection to Kobe. It is one of the largest personal art museums in Japan, and in addition to the various works shown in the three exhibit rooms, it hosts many special exhibitions as well. In the courtyard is a reconstructed and restored studio that Ryohei Koiso used to use while he was alive.

    The Koiso Museum is newly refurbished and an interesting stop while you are in Kobe. It is primarily dedicated to Ryohei Koiso who was an active artist from the 1930s through the 1960s. He spent time...

  • Platon Decorative Arts Museum (Italian House)
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 1-6-15
    The Platon Decorative Arts Museum is a Western-style building located in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, one of the former residences built for foreign settlers in 1915. The interior of the building is open as an art museum, and has on display furniture and decorations dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, and furniture of the Italian sculptor Victor Aimone. There are many other valuable pieces of work to see such as paintings by Millet, Rousseau and Bonnard, hand-drawn sketches by Jean Cocteau, and sculptures by Rodin. You can enjoy tea or lunch at the poolside cafe in the South European-styled garden with pool.

    This place is the best, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Am I even in Kyoto anymore? Such a gorgeous collection of European furniture, art and statuary. The hostess is just wonderful, she...

  • Kinosaki Straw Work Museum
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Toyokashi Kinosakichouyushima 376-1
    Located in the Kinosaki Onsen area, this museum displays historical pieces of traditional straw work, which has been designated a Traditional Craft by Hyogo Prefecture. The origins of traditional straw work are believed to lie in craftsman who came to the area’s hot spring baths some 280 years ago affixing colored straw to bamboo flutes and other items and selling what they made. Visitors to the museum can view around 200 pieces of straw work crafted from the Meiji to the early Showa periods. The museum’s hands-on learning corner where visitors can make a quick decorative plate or key holder is popular.

    Went to the straw museum and was impressed to learn that straw can be made into so many beautiful art pieces. The cutting of the straws is so intricate. Amazing.

  • Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Kyomachi 79 Japan Building 2F
    This art museum is located in the Kyo-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe City. It holds about 2,000 permanent exhibitions and special exhibitions, including collections of domestic and foreign glass craft collections dating back to ancient times, and works by contemporary artists. In addition, it holds regular glass beadmaking and glasswork classes. It also has a shop that exhibits and sells works.

    ミュージアム入館料は見展示というよりお土産を買うための入場料で展示作品を購入するためにお支払いするようなシステムかと思います。ミュージアムとして入館するかといえば違うなぁという印象的です。 製作体験はスタッフさんが教えてくれてとても簡単で早い!(製作10分、固まるまで一時間待ち) 初めてですが形に残る素敵なお土産になりました!作ったとんぼ玉はお店でパーツを組合せて買えばアクセサリーに仕上げてくれ...

  • Sera Art Gallery
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Mikage 2-5-21
    An art gallery located a three-minute walk from Hankyu Railway Mikage Station. Opened in 1992 using the personal assets of painter Tomie Sera, the content of the museum's standing exhibition is changed four times a year; the museum also holds special exhibitions. In addition to being an art gallery, water painting, foreign language, and other classes are also periodically held here as well as concerts. Museum tickets can be reserved using the museum's official website. In January, February, and August, the gallery is only open on Thursdays and Fridays. The gallery is not open to the general public when concerts are being held.


  • The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kondachoukamitachikui 4
    A museum which aims to promote the culture of ceramic art and through ceramics deepen interaction between people. The museum is located a 15-minute drive from the Sanda-Nishi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway and 20-minute drive from the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange. The museum exhibits examples ceramics produced in the prefecture and of ancient and modern ceramics from across Japan and the world. The museum's vast grounds encompass an exhibition building, training building, studio, and tea house. In addition to its standing exhibition, the museum holds variety of special and themed exhibitions as well as ceramic art workshops and courses on ceramic art culture.
  • Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Haradadori 3-8-30
    An art museum housing works by Hyogo Prefecture born graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo. Operating out of the remodeled west wing of the Oji Branch of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the museum opened in 2012. The museum contains some 3,000 paintings, prints, posters, and book designs, with the pieces on display being changed regularly. The second and third floors serve as exhibition spaces, while the first-floor open studio is used to host a variety of events.
  • Sasayama Historical Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Prefecture Tamba Kashiyama-Cho 53
    This art museum is located in Tamba-Sasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture. In order to preserve Japan's oldest wooden court as an important structure, the exterior and old court were left as it, and the rest was remodeled as an art museum. In addition to works of art such as armor related to the old castle town of Tamba-Sasayama, lacquer art and paintings, there are also a number of famous items that were made from Sasayama Domain kilns at the end of the Edo period, and buried cultural properties that tell the culture of the Sasayama region since ancient times are on display. You can enjoy various artworks as well as precious Meiji period (1868-1912) architecture.
  • Ashiya City Museum of Art and History
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Ashiya-shi Isecho 12-25
    Located approximately a 15-minute walk from Hanshin Ashiya Station, this art museum is also very close to the Midori-cho (Bijutsu-hakubutsukan-mae) bus stop, and mainly exhibits works from contemporary artists with links to Ashiya. In addition, it functions as a museum, collecting and investigating documents that pertain to the history of Ashiya. It also holds events such as lectures and workshops by curators. In addition, there are cafes and museum shops that sell catalogs and postcards.
  • Asago Art Village Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Asago-shi Tataragi 739-3
    Located approximately ten minutes by car from JR Arai Station, this art museum is directly below the Tataragi Dam. It features about 30 contemporary sculptures on display in the nearby 10-hectare Asago Art Forest. It is also the memorial hall of Toshio Yodoi, a sculptor from Asago City who was awarded the Order of Culture, and his works are always displayed not only in the museum but also in the sculpture park. It also holds special exhibitions and child art camps. You can also rent bicycle at the museum and stroll through the art forest.
  • Itami City Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Itami-shi Miyanomae 2-5-20
    "This art museum is located in 2 Chome Miyanomae, Itami City. It boasts a collection of around 9,000 domestic and foreign works on the theme of ""satire and humor"" ranging from the 18th century to today, including over 2,000 satirical prints by the 19th-century French artist Honore Daumier. In addition to exhibitions several times a year, it also holds events such as workshops and gallery talks. Cultural facilities such as the Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami, Itami City Gochokan and Kakimori Bunko are all located nearby."
  • Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Higashinada-ku Sumiyoshi Yamate 6-1-1
    This art museum is located in the 6 Chome Sumiyoshi-yamate, Higashinada-ku, Kobe City. It opened in 1934 based on the ancient art collection of the seventh-generation owner of Hakutsuru Breweries, Jihei Kano. The museum houses over 1,400 antiques including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, such as bronzeware, ceramics, books and paintings, and is open only during the spring and autumn exhibitions. In addition, there is also a new building that holds a Middle Eastern carpet collection.
  • Kobe Mysterious Consaltate of Trick Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 2-10-7
    This is a trick art museum located in the former residences of early foreign settlers in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. This white walled residence of early foreign settlers was constructed as a residence for Mr. Hilton in the late Meiji period, and after the war, it was also used as the Panama consular office. The interior of the building is divided into six areas such as the “the Illusion World”, “Masterpieces World” and the “the Maze Room”, and there are countless exhibits of trick art which use optical illusions and perspective. At the museum, you can experience for yourself and you can enjoy taking photographs like entering into a painting.
  • Tawara Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Ashiya-shi Tsukiwakacho 6-1
    "This art museum is located in Tsukiwaka-cho, Ashiya City. The museum's collection of Edo period arts and crafts primarily consists of ""yatate"" portable writing implements. The museum displays some 150 yatate from its collection of around 1,500 at any given time. Museum exhibits also include sword guards and other sword fittings, netsuke sash toggles, tobacco containers, and all 55 prints in the Hoeido edition of Hiroshige's ""The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido."""
  • Old Tamba Pottery Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Tamba-Sasayama-shi Kawaramachi 185
    "This antique pottery museum is located in the Kawaramachi Tsumairi Mercantile House District, an area where much Edo period architecture can still be found. Since it opened in 1969, the museum has displayed exemplary pieces of Tamba ware pottery dating to between the time it came into being up to the end of the Edo period by period, form, and ornamentation. 312 items out of the museum's collection have been passed down over 800 years from the end of the Heian period and today have been designated a Cultural Property under the ""Old Tamba Pottery Collection"" listing by Hyogo Prefecture. Through what the museum calls ""pottery which tells us about the history of folk ceramics,"" visitors can come in contact with the culture and history of the local Sasayama area."
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Kitanocho 2-9-6
    An art museum in the historic building that used to house the American Consulate. It was constructed in 1898. The wooden single-story Western-style building provides a look at the culture, history, and charm of the Kitano Ijinkan area. It was the first museum in Japan to have exhibits on the National Olive Farm and is the headquarters of the Kitano-Yamamoto Community Association and Kobe International Olive Academy. The permanent exhibition includes lithographs and original drawings by painters associated with Montmartre.

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Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture’s main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country’s most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.

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