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Art Museum Spots in Okayama Area

  • Yumeji Art Museum (Honkan)
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    4.0
    59 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.

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    686 Reviews
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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.

    It is a private museum with amazing collection and I just love the way that they have arranged the art. The museum looks small but you could easily spend longer time in there. It has a Monet...

  • Yumeji Art Museum Yumeji Seika and Shonen Sanso
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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.
  • Bizen Pottery Museum
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    4.0
    27 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.

    This is a must stop in Imbe. You came because you are interested in pottery do this museum gives a good introduction to the history, methods and works of bizen pottery. Not much English but ceramic...

  • 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○

  • Niimi Museum of Art
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    4.0
    10 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...

  • Manekineko Museum of Art
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    4.0
    29 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...

  • Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum
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    4.0
    14 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.

    平櫛田中の力強い彫刻と書を、まとめて見ることができます。「いまやらねばいつできる わしがやらねばたれがやる」の書と、六代目尾上菊五郎モデルの「鏡獅子」の試作彫刻にふれるだけでも価値があります。じっくり一点一点作品を味わうと、彫刻が少しだけわかった気になるほど、力のある作品の数々でした。国立劇場で本物の「鏡獅子」の作品を見る楽しみが増えました。

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    61 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...

  • 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...

  • Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art (Nagi MOCA)
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    4.0
    23 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...

  • Kurashiki City Art Museum
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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.
  • 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...

  • Bizen Yoshinaga Art Museum
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    Okayama Bizen Yoshinagacho Yoshinaganaka 885
  • Hayashibara Art Museum
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    3.5
    45 Reviews
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Marunouchi 2-7-15

    The cost of entry was over twice what the guidebook suggested it would be, its now 700 yen per person, and unless you have an interest in the quality of steel and kinds of samurai swords used there...

  • Asobigokorono Art Museum Koian
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Odagunyakagechou Yakage 2603

    矢掛駅から徒歩10分ほどのところにある私設美術館。裏道にあり、看板は出ているものの一般家屋のような佇まいなので少し入りにくい。入館料は300円。 建物は1852年築の土蔵を改装したもので、階段の両側に互い違いに3つの展示室がある。展示物はオーナーが各地で集めた焼物が中心。様々な徳利や大きな壺などが展示されている。焼物に興味があるなら見学するのもいいでしょう。

  • Kake Art Museum
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Chuo 1-chome 4-7

    倉敷美観地区にある美術館です。入口を入ると展示販売しているスペースがあり、奥には美術館になっていました。日中書家篆刻芸術交流展が開催されていて書などが展示してました〇

  • Kagami no Museum of Modern Art
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
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    Okayama Tomata-gun Kagaminocho Okutsukawanishi 692

    奥津をぶらり。今年も紅葉見物に行って来ました。奥津荘に宿泊後楽しみにしていた鏡野近代美術館へ。やっと館長さんに会えました 風貌は篠山紀信風 熱い口調で作品への想いを語ってくれました。ほっとできる空間、コーヒーを飲みながら静かに作品と向かい合いました 小さな美術館ですが、おすすめです

  • Ogino Museum Of Art
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashiki City Shimotsuifukiage1-3-9
  • Bell Kushida Memorial Hall
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Higashi-ku Okunogo 64-1

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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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