The Best Art Museums in Japan
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Mori Art Museum is a museum in Roppongi Hills, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It is located on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower and offers views of the city from its observation deck.The museum was designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who also designed the building itself, completed in 2002.
Hakone Open Air Museum, Kanagawa
This open-air museum is located in the Hakone region, about 60km from Tokyo. Opened in 1967, it has been one of Japan's most popular art museums since then.The museum houses over 200 sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Pablo Picasso.
The most famous sculpture at the museum is by Rodin entitled 'The Kiss', which was donated by the artist himself in 1920.The location of this museum makes it a great place to visit during hot summer days as well as during winter when you can enjoy snowfall in the hills surrounding it.
Kofukuji National Treasure Museum, Nara
Nara is a city of many temples, but one of its most important is Kofukuji. The temple holds a collection of over 1,000 Buddhist statues, including some that are designated national treasures.The highlight is the massive Golden Hall (Kondo), which houses a statue of Amida Buddha made in 13th-century China.
The museum is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (April to November) and 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (December to March) Monday through Friday. Admission is ¥500 for adults and ¥300 for children under 12 years old.
Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido
Pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, this museum features a wide range of exhibitions and collections that are sure to please even the most discerning art lovers.The museum is located inside the stunningly designed Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, which was designed by architect Tadao Ando and it opened in 2016.
The museum is home to a diverse collection of works, including paintings and sculptures by well-known international artists such as Andy Warhol.Sapporo Art Park also hosts an annual exhibition that showcases local talent from all over Japan.
Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo
The Sumida Hokusai Museum is a must-see for art lovers visiting Tokyo.It is home to the largest collection of works by Katsushika Hokusai, one of Japan's most famous artists.
Hokusai lived from 1760 to 1849 and was known for his woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, which included The Great Wave off Kanagawa.He was also famous for his sketches, called fugaku or "bird's-eye views."
The museum has a collection of about 1,000 works by Hokusai, including original paintings and prints, as well as drawings and sketches.There are also items on loan from other museums across Japan and around the world that depict Hokusai's work.The building itself is also worth seeing: it was designed by Kengo Kuma, who is known for his modernist architecture.
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is one of the best art museums in Japan, and it's right here in Aichi Prefecture.The museum has a collection that spans more than 100 years and includes works by masters like Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. The museum also has a beautiful garden with sculptures by Rodin and Henry Moore, among others.
The museum opened in 1964 and was originally named the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.It later changed its name to Toyota City Museum of Art before adopting its current name in 2000.
Fukuoka Asia Art Museum, Fukuoka
Fukuoka Asia Art Museum is a must-see museum in Japan.The museum was built by the architect Tadao Ando and exhibits works from different Asian countries.In addition to its permanent collection, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions that showcase modern art throughout Asia.
The museum’s architecture was inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and features an open-plan design with large windows that let in light throughout the day.There are also terraces where visitors can enjoy views of Fukuoka city while they take a break from their tour.
The museum is located in Hakata ward near downtown Fukuoka city, which makes it easy to access from anywhere in town.The closest train station is Hakata Station on JR Kyushu’s Sanyo Line, which has direct trains from Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station that take about 4 hours by express train or 5 hours by local train (depending on how many stops there are).
Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
The Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto is one of the best art museums in Japan.This museum is located in Kumamoto City, Kyushu, Japan. It was established in 2011, and it’s dedicated to promoting contemporary art.
The museum has a collection of over 1,200 works by both international and Japanese artists.The museum has four exhibition halls that display works by both local and international artists, as well as regular exhibitions of new work from emerging artists.
This museum is committed to showing a wide range of art styles including painting, sculpture, photography, and installation art.
The Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto has an excellent collection that includes works by well-known Japanese artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Tatsuo Miyajima, as well as international artists such as Anish Kapoor and Louise Bourgeois.
Kubota Itchiku Art Museum, Yamanashi
The Kubota Itchiku Art Museum is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, which is one of the most popular destinations in the country for tourists who want to see beautiful landscapes.This museum was established by the Kubota family because they wanted to share their collection of Itchiku Kubota's paintings with everyone.
The museum has a lot of paintings created by Kubota who is considered one of the most famous Japanese artists of all time.Many other artists have influenced his works such as Picasso and Van Gogh. The museum also holds exhibitions featuring works from other renowned artists from around the world.