Art Museum Spots in Okayama Area

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-1-15
    Located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this museum was Japan’s first private museum dedicated to Western art. The museum was built by Kurashiki industrialist Magosaburo Ohara in 1930. The Main Gallery, styled like a Greek temple, remains as it looked when the museum first opened. Inside, works by master Western painters such as Cezanne, Degas, and Renoir are on display. Several gallery concerts are held each year, a tradition which began in 1950.

    the famed paitings by el greco, renoir, lautrec, etc are here. there are not many of each, but the crown jewels are there. the japanese garden, and the storage buildings are worth a visit too

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Tenjinchou 8-48
    "Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art is located along Prefectural Route 400 in Tenjin-cho, Kita Ward in the city of Okayama. It collects and exhibits the works of traditional illustrators, traditional Japanese painters, Western-style painters, craftspeople, sculptors, and other artists who have a connection with Okayama. In addition to the permanent collection ""The Art of Okayama,"" in which the objects on display are changed periodically, and special exhibitions, the museum also sponsors events such as lectures about art and workshops."

    Looking over some previous reviews, I learn that the museum has a collection. The reason I mention this is because on my visit today, there was nothing to be seen from said collection, as they were...

  • Okayama Orient Museum
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Tenjinchou 9-31
    "A museum which contains many ancient works of Oriental art from Mesopotamian civilizations and other areas. The museum is located a 15-minute walk from the east entrance of JR Okayama Station along Prefectural Route 42. The museum was originally opened to house 1,947 works of art donated by Okayama University. The museum's collection continued to grow thanks to donations and loans and today the facility manages around 4,800 pieces of ancient art. The museum's collection primarily consists of earthenware, glass, and porcelain mosaics. The museum's centerpiece is its ""Relief of Protective Spirit, Apukallu"" Assyrian relief created in Iraq in the ninth century BCE."

    I am a big fan of museums devoted to archaeology. I knew this one would be a small one, with limited English explanation, but it was advertised all around the city, both in Japanese and English, I...

  • Yumeji Art Museum (Honkan)
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Naka-ku Hama 2-1-32
    The museum was opened in 1984, near the Korakuen Garden in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Yumeji Takehisa. Here, in addition to the hanging scrolls drawn by Yumeji, the main building has about 3,000 items including watercolors and oil paintings, letters and books and other materials. In addition to the permanent exhibition where about 100 works can be seen, exhibitions introducing Yumeji’s art from various viewpoints is held several times a year. At the museum cafe, you can have fancy European baked raisin cookies called Garibaldi which were a favorite of Yumeji.

    Each of his drawings are very beautiful and I enjoyed so much! After that I went to the cafe in this museum.

  • Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art (Nagi MOCA)
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Katsutagunnagichou Toyosawa 441
    This art museum is located in the Toyosawa area of Nagi Town, Katsuta County. Designed by architect Isozaki Arata with a huge work produced by Arakawa Shusaku + Madeline Gins, Okazaki Kazuo and Miyawaki Aiko, the museum is the combination of a piece of art and a building. There is a gallery space that holds temporary modern art exhibitions and a cafe inside. In addition, the Nagi Town Library is adjacent to the museum.

    There is a museum at the foot of Mt.Nagi.There are Three works in this museum. The name of the artwork is the sun,the moon and the earth.Only this works that appeal to the senses can only be...

  • Manekineko Museum of Art
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kanayamaji 865-1
    This art museum for manekineko (beckoning cats) is located in the Kinzanji area of Kita Ward, Okayama City. Besides the permanent exhibition of 700 manekineko of various shapes and materials from traditional ones from throughout Japan to ones made by modern artists, it also holds temporary exhibitions related to manekineko. In addition, there is an adjoining museum shop that sells original manekineko goods.

    A hundred years old living quarter has been transformed into a house of manekineko or fortune cats of 700 kinds. The museum gave the feeling like walking into the grandmas private rooms where...

  • Bizen Pottery Museum
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 1659-6
    Bizen-yaki is one of the six oldest Japanese kilns with a history of 1,000 years. At the Bizen Pottery Museum, a wide range of artworks by the Living National Treasures Kaneshige Toyo, Fujiwara Kei, Yamamoto Toshu, Fujiwara Yu, Isesaki Jun and others as well as young artists are exhibited. Enjoy the charm of Bizen-yaki to the fullest. Seasonal exhibitions are held as well.

    The museum is just above the train station shop. It has a wide selection of pottery by different crafts women and men. You can identify those whose work you like and they can show you the workshop...

  • Takahashi Nariwa Museum of Art
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoushimohara 1068-3
    Takahashi Nariwa Museum of Art is located along National Route 33 in Shimohara, Nariwa-cho in the city of Takahashi. It houses the works of Torajiro Kojima, a native of the area, known as one of Japan's principal Impressionist painters, along with Kojima's personal collection of some 500 items, mostly Egyptian relics. The museum also contains a collection of fossilized plants discovered in the Nariwa region.

    昨年上田美術館で開催された「篠田桃紅展」が期待外れであったので、初期から現代までの変遷を辿るというこの展覧会の観覧には、岡山という遠方のこともあって少々躊躇した。が、大衆受けする画家とはいえないため次回の開催を危惧し重い腰を上げた。館内1・2階に展示されていた「書」を含む80点の画業はさすが見応えのある内容で期待以上のものだった。中でも大型のカンバスに描かれた「賛歌」や和紙での「一瞬」は金泥が鮮や...

  • Niimi Museum of Art
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Nishigata 361
    This art museum is located in Nishigata, Niimi City. Centered on about 80 pieces by the literary painter Tomioka Tessai, It holds approximately 1,100 works of art such as modern Japanese paintings, Western paintings and crafts by artists in connection with their hometown. You can interact with the natural of Niimi throughout the four seasons through the garden in the museum and the view from the cafe.

    The museum is a lovely building with panoramic views over the city. When we visited the show was to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the museum and showed highlights from the collection. The...

  • Kurashiki City Art Museum
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 2-6-1
    This art museum is located along Kurashiki Chuo-dori Street in Chuo, Kurashiki City. It is situated in the building of the former Kurashiki City Hall that was designed by the architect Tange Kenzo. Holding a collection centered on over 8,000 pieces by the Japanese painter Ikeda Yoson including those donated from the painter himself, the museum also holds events such as collection exhibits, temporary exhibits, art courses and gallery talks.

    倉敷駅から美観地区へ行き、そこから近くにある美術館です。新収蔵作品展が開催されていて、岡山にゆかりのある作品を展示していて斎藤真一、柏木祥吉郎かど作品が展示してありました○

  • Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Ibarashi Ibarachou 315
    Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum is located next to the city hall in Ibara-cho in the city of Ibara. The collection is centered around the works of Hirakushi Denchu, an early modern master of wood sculpture in the Japanese style, who was born in Ibara. Also on exhibit are the works of artists who were closely associated with Hirakushi Denchu and the works of winners of the Hirakushi Denchu Prize. Some of Hiraskushi Denchu’s works are exhibited in Denchu-en Park, which is in front of the museum.

    「たなか」と読んではいけません。「でんちゅう」です。 日本近代彫刻界の巨匠、平櫛田中の出身地である岡山県井原市にある美術館を訪れた。 昭和後期に建てられた当館が新増設されることとなり、長期休館に入る前に「最後の感謝展」と称して無料のコレクションオンパレード展が開催されてたから。 早朝の新幹線で福山に着き、福塩線-井原鉄道と乗り継いで井原駅到着。そこからは、地元の循環コミュニティバスもあったが、さ...

  • Kasaoka Municipal Chikkyo Art Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Okayama Kasaoka-shi Rokubancho 1-17
    This art museum, opened in 1982, is a five-minute taxi ride from JR Kasaoka Station. It's dedicated to share the achievements of Japanese painter Chikkyo Ono with posterity. Many posthumous works have been donated, and it has received support from the national and prefectural governments. Ono's works include gentle paintings that change with the light of the seasons, and indeed offer subtle shifts even through the course of the day, and they almost seem alive with the breath of nature. The museum also holds limited time special exhibits.

    its impossible to me describe such strong and different feeeling that this museum moved in me. you have just to try if you want to know something more about yourself and your link with nature

  • Bizen Latin America Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Okayama Bizen Hinasecho Hinase 241-10
    A two-minute walk from the Hinase Sogoshisho-mae bus stop or eight-minutes from the JR Hinase Station. This art museum is located close to the Bizen Private Hinase junior high school. As the name suggests they feature exhibits focusing on Latin American Culture which isn't very well covered in Japan. One of the landmarks of the museum is the outer wall which is covered in nearly 16,000 pieces of Bizen-ware pottery. The principle part of their collection was donated by the late Morishita Seiichi, some 2100 pieces with a focus on earthenware, clay figures, and textiles made in the ancient American continent. The museum is normally open on weekends and holidays but is open on other occasions as well.

    我が国唯一の古代中南米美術専門美術館。オリエント美術館、マコンデ美術館、ルーブル彫刻美術館に匹敵する地域限定一点突破型ミュージアム。ペッカリーとホセ艦長のさえずる文明展を見に行きました。入館料700円、JAF等割引で600円。QRコードでさえずるボトルや土偶の音を聴いてもらえるコーナーが何か所もあり、スマホにQRコードリーダーをセットして回ると効果的。ガラケー保有者には吹けど踊らず。写真撮影(ノー...

  • Yumeji Art Museum Yumeji Seika and Shonen Sanso
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Okuchouhonjou
    The birthplace and home where the well-known Taisho Roman poet, painter, and artist Yumeji Takehisa lived until the age of 16. A traditional Japanese home with a thatched roof built some 250 years ago, both the interior and the exterior are preserved in the state they were in when Yumeji Takehisa lived here. The Syonen Sansou was designed by Takehisa and served as his Tokyo studio and home; on the artist’s 95th birthday in 1979, the structure was restored with the help of Takehisa’s second son, Fujihiko. Hanging scrolls, folding screens, sketches, and other works by Takehisa are displayed inside.

    竹久夢二の美術館、公園に隣接してかわいらしく残されています。 竹久夢二ファンには最高なのでしょう。 公園と土産物屋さんでゆっくりできます。

  • Setouchi City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Ushimadochoushimado 4911 Setouchi City Hall Ushiwa City Market 3/4 F
    This art museum is located along Prefectural Route 28 in the Ushimado-cho area of Ushimado, Setouchi City. It exhibits works including those by the Western painter Satake Toku, known as the “olive painter,” who left paintings with olive garden motifs from his atelier in the olive gardens of Ushimado.

    西大寺駅から路線バスを利用して行きまさした。鉄道利用の場合はバスを利用するしかないようです。『驚愕の超写実展』が開催されていました。写真のように綺麗な作品が多く展示してありました○

  • Hanatori Otsuka Museum
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Okayama Ibara-shi Takayacho 3-11-5
    This museum is run by the Takaya Group, which operates in the Ibara & Fukuyama region. It holds a collection of around 600 pieces, centered around a 300 piece collection of works by Japanese style painter Keika Kanashima, a native of Kannabe-cho, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima. The museum is divided into Exhibition Hall 1 Exhibition Hall 2, and Hanatori Exhibition Hall. The Hanatori Exhibition Hall is designed as a Japanese style room with a Tokonoma alcove, and is used for events like lectures or tea ceremonies.

    日本画中心の小さな美術館です。 ツアーの立ち寄りで訪れたため入館料は不明です。 入口ロビーの片隅に無料の給茶サービスがあり驚きました。 展示物は当地の画家の方を中心の作品の数々で見ごたえもあります。 庭園も美しく手入れされていました。 開設者の奥様に所縁ある茶室もありました。 3千家でないというところまでしか記憶に残せず残念です。

  • Mimasaka Sakuto Museum of Art
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Emi 945 Mimasaka-shi Sakuto Bunka Art Center
    A five-minute drive from either the Sakuto Interchange or JR Mimasaka-Emi Station. This art museum is located within Valentine Park Sakuto and when not holding special exhibitions displays works by French artist Raymond Peynet of world renown. The collection includes nearly 140 pieces covering a variety of disciplines including watercolors, oil paintings, and art prints. The works on display are changed four times a year and are appealing for their simple, cute designs of lovers and couples. The museum is also the host for the Mimasaka Valentine Love art exhibition.

    岡山美作の作東美術館へ訪問。 ペイネの絵画がありました。 独特の筆遣いに魅了されました。 静かな雰囲気も良かったです。

  • FAN Museum (Fujiwara Kei Memorial house)
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Okayama Bizen Honami 3868
    A two-minute walk from the Koa-mae bus stop or a 15-minute drive from the Wake Interchange. To reach the museum travel west from the Bizen Interchange along National Route 250 and then turn right at the intersection in front of Fujiwara Kei Memorial House Museum. The museum was originally a memorial hall displaying the works of Fujiwara Kei, a Bizen-ware pottery artist who was recognized as a National Important Intangible Cultural Asset, it is now a gallery boasting an international scale displaying Art Olympia award winning works. They hold special events built around the concept of seeing, experiencing, and making including hands-on workshop experiences and tea ceremonies held with tools made by Living National Treasures.

    藤原啓先生の作品をたくさん観ることができます。 FAN美術館と併設、急坂を上がって左に駐車場があって、その右にFAN美術館、ここで受付して料金支払い、すぐ下の敷地内にあります。 静かでゆっくり観ることが出来ました。

  • Kitchoan Museum
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Saiwaicho 7-28
    This art museum was founded by Minamoto Kitchoan, a Japanese confectionery and maker of complex treats like Suikanshuku (dried persimmons stuffed with white sweet bean paste) and Gozenguri (chestnut dumplings). The founding principle was a desire to have more people see and admire pieces gathered as dishes for sweets. It holds pieces by master potters like Kitaoji Rosanjin and Miyagawa Kozan's Makuzu ware. It is located on the second and third floors of the main shop, found a 10-minute walk from Okayama Station south on Shiyakusho Dori Avenue. In addition to their permanent exhibit of Okayama's traditional craftwork Bizen ware, and they also display a variety of tea ceremony utensils and utensils used for cha-kaiseki (meal served before the tea ceremony). The museum shop also sells items with designs based on the work of Kitaoji Rosanjin and Makuzu Kozan.
  • Kibi Kawakami Fureai Manga Museum
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    Okayama Takahashi-shi Kawakamicho Jito 1834
    This manga art museum is in Kawakami-cho, Takahashi City, which has used manga for community building since 1988. This facility, unusual even for Japan, serves as a place to spread and familiarize manga culture, offer community interaction, and more. The building holds a manga storehouse with over 120,000 volumes, and displays 60,000 ranging from around 1960 to the present day, which you can browse at will. In addition to exhibits of original works and collections by manga artist and honorary Takahashi citizen Ichiro Tominaga, they display grand prix works from the city's Manga Contest, and more, to make this a museum sure to please visitors of all ages.

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Overshadowed by Hiroshima to the west and the Kansai region to the east, Okayama is an easy spot to miss but a nature-rich gem where the Seto Inland Sea laps at its toes and peach and grape farms complete its interior. One of Japan's Three Great Gardens, Koraku-en in Okayama city is well worth a visit before progressing to Kurashiki, where preserved wooden Edo buildings line the picturesque canal.

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