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Art Museum Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center
    46 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-2-10 Sturgeon Naha 2F
    The Naha City Traditional Arts and Crafts Center is located on the second floor of the Tenbusu Naha Building on Kokusai Street, around four minutes’ walk from Makishi Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yuirail) line. The Center boasts an impressive selection of works by Living National Treasures and examples of Naha’s traditional handicrafts. Monitors display video footage which shows the creation processes for different items in an easy-to-understand way. Visitors can also try their hand at five traditional crafts—Ryukyuan glass-blowing, Ryukyuan Bingata dyed cloth-making, Shuri cloth-making, Tsuboya-ware making, and Ryukyuan lacquerware-making. Visitors can also purchase works by leading Ryukyuan handicraft designers.

    At the Naha City Traditional Craft Centre you can choose from a variety of craft experiences. Under the guidance of craftspeople I helped create a beautiful drinking glass - a beautiful souvenir of...

  • Urasoe Art Museum
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Urasoeshi Nakama 1-9-2
    A 20-minute drive from the center of Naha City. Established in 1990, this was Japan's first museum dedicated to lacquerware art and was also the first public museum in Okinawa. The exterior of the museum is designed in a mixture of national styles recalling Southeast Asian and European influences. The museum's five standing exhibition rooms are split between two periods - early and latter - and contain 60 examples of Ryukyuan lacquerware. There are also examples of lacquerware from the Japanese mainland, China, and Southeast Asia split between the two periods. Additionally, the museum holds painting, photo, and other art exhibitions several times a year in its three special exhibition rooms.

    Many tourists to Okinawa may be reminded for the first time, by visiting Shuri Castle, that Ryukyu was the name of old kingdom in Okinawa, and Shuri was its capital. The castle is, however, a modern...

  • Sakima Art Museum
    28 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Ginowanshi Uehara 358
    This art museum collections dealing with life and death, suffering and salvation, and humanity and war. The building was built with Okinawa in mind, with the ancestral tomb of the museum director Michio Sakima located in the garden like a turtleback tomb, and the stairs to the roof in line with the setting sun on June 23 (Okinawa Memorial Day). The collections include works by Iri Maruki, Toshi Maruki and Käthe Kollwitz, and in addition to the permanent exhibition “Picture of the Battle of Okinawa,” there are also special exhibitions.

    The artworks had reflected the darkness and cruelness that the war brought to the people. It made us think a lot and discuss a lot, trying to understand why the people still protesting nowadays

  • Ishigaki Shimanantosho
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Kabira 1218-263
  • Bokunen Art Museum
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunchatanchou Mihama 9-20 Museum Building 2F

    This museum was a nice break from the heat outside. They had nice art exhibits and even a walk up to see the area from the roof. One thing I really liked was that you could purchase prints of the art...

    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Nakagami-gun Chatancho Umi Hama 9-20 AKARA Museum Building 1F

    This is simply a fantastic experience for modern art lovers. There is a small, free exhibit showcasing pieces for sale (original paintings and limited edition prints) by Naka Bokunen and a large shop...

  • Atelier JINTAN
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okinawa Nago-shi Teniya 497-2

Okinawa Areas


Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You’ve arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan’s most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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