While sightseeing in Japan stop by a museum and explore stunning traditional art or
the newest exhibitions of modern art. Japan offers a variety of museums that display
exhibits that are unprecedented, leaving visitors a taste of a thrilling Japanese art
scene and a desire to come back and explore more.
Here are some recommended museums to discover Japanese art on your next trip to Japan.
Naoshima Island is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea and can be reached by ferry from either the Uno port in Okayama prefecture or from the Takamatsu port in Kagawa prefecture. The island is famous for its modern art that is interwoven within the island’s abundant natural beauty and its picturesque local villages. The museum and art projects on the island are very unique and include Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, Ando Museum and the Art House Project. Naoshima Island is a memorable place to experience Japan's local country side as well as viewing world class contemporary art.
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Kagawa Prefecture: https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/regional/kagawa/
The Adachi Museum of Art, in Yasugi city is renowned for its six serene and spectacular gardens which have earned the title "Best Garden in Japan" for the last 13 years. The garden itself is a fabulous work of art, echoed in the museum's seasonal exhibitions of modern and contemporary Japanese paintings, ceramics and wood carvings. After visiting the museum, travel west along the Sea of Japan to discover Izumo. Izumo is considered the birthplace of Japan with a long spiritual and mystical tradition. One of the oldest and most admired Shinto shrines in Japan, the Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine is well worth visiting.
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Shimane Prefecture: https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/regional/shimane/
Situated in the heart of Kanazawa city, the museum of contemporary art exhibits the works of famous contemporary artists not just from Japan but from all over the world. The circular and glass wall building with no front or back welcomes people from every direction. Close by (a quick five-minute walk from the museum), you can explore the renowned Kenrokuen Garden. The garden is regarded as one of the top three of Japan's most beautiful gardens. The strolling style landscape garden offers a fabulous experience.
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Kanazawa Area: https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/regional/ishikawa/kanazawa.html
Ishikawa Prefecture: https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/regional/ishikawa/index.html
Ginza Six (GSIX) is in Ginza, Tokyo's most famous high-end shopping district and is an extraordinary spot to look upon contemporary art while strolling among shops featuring some of the world's top brands. In April 2017, Ginza Six was completed and was described as "a shrine to luxurious commerce" with over 240 domestic and international clothing, cosmetic, art brands and over 50 food venues. The expansive lobby is an exclusive exhibition space and visitors can view a variety of artwork on display. The opening installation, on view until late February 2018, features Yayoi Kusama's Red & White Spotted Pumpkins. The place features many convenient services for international travelers including a multilingual tourist information center, currency exchange, a duty-free counter and baggage storage areas.
To discover more about Yayoi Kusama, visit Yayoi Kusama Museum, located in the Shinjyuku district of Tokyo.
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Ginza District: http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/areas/areamap/ginza.html
Shinjyuku District: http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/areas/areamap/shinjuku.html
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