1. Goto Sumio Museum of Art: View paintings featuring beautiful scenery of North Japan [Hokkaido]
Having an atelier in the beautiful Kamifurano, this museum is a collection of art pieces by the Japanese-style painter Goto Sumio. Paintings from when Goto was in his twenties up to his most recent works are on display. From the museum’s restaurant, you can view the Tokachi mountain range. Viewing art at the museum along with venturing Japan’s most famous lavender fields and the vast forest is a great set! Adult admission is 1,000 yen.
HP: www.gotosumiomuseum.com/lang_tw/index.html (Chinese)
HP: www.gotosumiomuseum.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: Higashi 4-sen Kita 26-go, Kamifurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido (Google Map)
2. Tendo City Museum of Art: Located in Tendo, famous for its fruits and hot springs in Japan [Yamagata]
The Tendo City Museum of Art displays art and holds a collection by artists such as Chuichi Konno who have been active around Tendo City. Works by maestros of Japanese art including Yokoyama Taikan are also deposited. Works count up to a total of 899 pieces. Adult admission is 400 yen.
HP: www3.ic-net.or.jp/~ten-bi/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-2-2 Oinomori, Tendo-shi, Yamagata (Google Map)
3. Yamatane Museum of Art: A museum specialized in Japanese art [Tokyo]
Based on a collection by the founder of a brokerage house, this art museum specializing in Japanese art opened in 1966. It originally opened in Japan’s Wall Street, Kabuto-cho of Nihonbashi but moved its location to Hiroo of Shibuya in 2009. The collection mainly consists of modern art from the Meiji Era to today along with ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) and oil paintings, totaling a little over 1,800 pieces. Among the pieces are national important cultural properties. Not just operating as a museum, the museum also organizes art awards to discover new talents of Japanese-style artists. Adult admission is 1,000 yen.
HP: www.yamatane-museum.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address:3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. Sato Sakura Museum Tokyo: A museum specializing in modern Japanese art [Tokyo]
The Sato Sakura Museum is an art museum was established in October, 2006 in Koriyama-shi of Fukushima Prefecture as a museum for modern Japanese art. In March 2012, the Tokyo museum opened in Nakameguro. It is unique for a museum to operate in two locations. The collection consists mainly of works by Japanese-style painters born in the Showa period. The Tokyo museum is located by the Meguro River where the cherry blossoms bloom in spring. In tribute to this, art works with cherry blossoms as subjects are on display. Among the collection, the large folding screen is worth seeing. Adult admission is 500 yen.
HP: www.satosakura.jp/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-7-13 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. Gyokudo Art Museum: Located in Ome, the valley of the Tokyo suburbs [Tokyo]
The Gyokudo Museum was built in commemoration of Kawai Gyokudo having spent the 1940s to the 1950s in Ome (one of the places in Tokyo where nature still remains). The Mitake valley where the museum is located, is one of the most beautiful places in Ome and is a very popular tourist spot. Kawai Gyokudo was active from the Meiji era to the Showa period. His works from sketches when he was 15 to his last piece when he was 84 are on display. The dry garden style garden is rare in Tokyo. Adult admission is 500 yen.
HP: www.gyokudo.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-75 Mitake, Ome-shi, Tokyo (Google Map)
6. Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum: In the old Japanese capital, Kamakura [Kanagawa]
The Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum is built in the location of the old residence in Kamakura of the maestro of modern Japanese-style art, Kaburaki Kiyokata. Kamakura is relatively near Tokyo and is an area where there are many historic sites, making it a popular tourist location. Kaburaki spent his late years as an artist in this splendid location with the mountains, the ocean, and Mt. Fuji. The museum replicated his atelier and works to make us imagine how his lifestyle was. How about making a stop here while you are visiting Kamakura? Adult admission starts from 200 yen.
HP: www.kamakura-arts.or.jp/kaburaki/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-5-25 Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa (Google Map)
7. Narikawa Museum: Hosting Japan’s biggest collection of Japanese-style art [Kanagawa]
Narikawa Museum stands at the bank of Lake Ashi in Hakone. The collection consists mainly of Japanese-style paintings, totaling more than 4,000 pieces and is still growing. Over 150 representative works by Kyujin Yamamoto and over 40 pieces by Hirayama Ikuo are in collection. The garden in the museum and the view of Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji from the museum is very beautiful. Adult admission is 1,300 yen.
HP: www.narukawamuseum.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address:570 Moto Hakone, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa (Google Map)
8. Mizuno Museum: The building and the Japanese garden was designed for Japanese-Style Art [Nagano]
Nagano Prefecture, surrounded by mountains and full of nature and water is where Mizuno Museum is located. The collection of a business man who has succeeded in this area is displayed. It consists of modern art works including Yokoyama Taikan, Hishida Shunso, Kanzan Shimomura, and Kawai Gyokudo. The building of the museum was carefully designed to view Japanese-style art. There is also a garden of 2,000 square meters in the museum. Adult admission is 800 yen.
HP: www.mizuno-museum.jp/index.php (Japanese Only)
Address: 6-2-20 Wakasato, Nagano-shi, Nagano (Google Map)
9. Menard Art Museum: Built by the founding couple of a famous cosmetic company [Aichi]
The Menard Art Museum is a museum built in Komaki-shi of Aichi Prefecture, the hometown of the founding couple of a cosmetic company. The museum’s collection consists mainly of the couple’s collection, totaling more than 1,400 pieces. The Japanese-style painting collection is made up of art from the Meiji era, Taisho period, and Showa period. Artwork from Yokoyama Taikan to Kokei Kobayashi, Yukihiko Yasuda, Kaii Higashiyama, and Tatsuo Takayama and works by the representative of contemporary Japanese art Toshio Tabuchi are in collection. In the collection, there are also pieces from Europe after the impressionism era including Monet. The concept of the building is calmness so that is another thing to look. Adult admission is 900 yen.
HP: museum.menard.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 5-250 Komaki, Komaki-shi, Aichi (Google Map)
10. Meito Art Museum: Located in the suburbs of the growing city Nagoya [Aichi]
Meito Art Museum opened in 1987 in Nagoya and relocated in 1992 to the Nagakute city, abundant in nature. Today, it is a museum with a Japanese style building and a beautiful garden. The collection is made up of modern Japanese-style paintings and mainly works by Uemura Shoen (famous for paintings beautiful women), Kaburaki Kiyokata, and Shinsui Ito. Works by Yokoyama Taikan, Kawai Gyokudo, and Hirayama Ikuo are also in the collection. You can view the transition of Japanese-art from modern on. Adult admission is 600 yen.
HP: www.meito.hayatele.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 301 Irigaike, Nagakute-shi, Aichi (Google Map)
11. Sagawa Art Museum: Located in a coveted area of Lake Biwa (the Largest Lake in Japan) [Shiga]
The Sagawa Museum was established by one of the biggest transportation service companies in Japan, Sagawa Express Co., Ltd. As the themes of Sagawa Museum are “The Path and Encounter of East and West Cultural Exchange” and “The Path of Connection and Encounters”, its collection includes Japanese-style art and Japanese sculptures. The Japanese-style artworks are mainly by Hirayama Ikuo. Works by Japan’s most famous ceramic artist, Raku Kichizaemon are what you don’t want to miss. Adult admission is 1,000 yen.
HP: www.sagawa-artmuseum.or.jp/zh_tw/ (Chinese)
HP: www.sagawa-artmuseum.or.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address:2891 Kitagawa, Mizuho-cho, Moriyama-shi, Shiga (Google Map)
12. Sanno Art Museum: On the 22nd floor inside a hotel in Osaka [Osaka]
The Sanno Art Museum is an unique museum located inside of a hotel in Osaka. It displays and has a collection of Japanese-style art, Japanese Western-style paintings, and ceramics. Japanese-style art pieces from the 19th century to the 20th century include artists such as Yokoyama Taikan, Kawai Gyokudo, Kokei Kobayashi, Seison Maeda, Kansetsu Hashimoto, Heihachiro Fukuda, Kaii Higashiyama, Insho Domoto, and more. Located in a convenient location of Osaka, it is a good place to start viewing Japanese-style art. Adult admission is 1,000 yen.
HP: www.hotelmonterey.co.jp/sannomuseum/index.html (Japanese Only)
Address: Hotel Monterey Grasmere 22F, 1-2-3 Minato-machi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka (Google Map)
13. Niimi Museum of Art: Holding a collection of the talented Japanese-style artist Tomioka Tessai active in the 19th century [Okayama]
The Niimi Museum was established from the art collection deposited by Masahiro Yokouchi, at his hometown in Niimi-shi of Okayama Prefecture. Today, there are more than 1,100 pieces in the collection. In the collection, there are about 80 pieces by Tomioka Tessai who is a Japanese-style artist as well as a poet, a waka poet, and a calligrapher active in the 19th century. Just being able to see his pieces is worth the visit. The building was designed using the traditional architectural style of Niimi that has continued from the 8th century to around the 12th century. The admission fee varies depending on the exhibition but adult admission start from 400 yen.
HP: www.city.niimi.okayama.jp/usr/art/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 361 Nishigata, Niimi-shi, Okayama (Google Map)
14. Adachi Museum of Art: Experience Japanese beauty [Shimane]
Japanese gardens and Japanese-style art represent Japanese beauty well but at the Adachi Museum of Art, anyone can experience both beauties. The museum has so many pieces by the maestro, Yokoyama Taikan that the museum is also known as the Yokoyama Taikan Museum. The Japanese garden in the museum is made using the typical Japanese garden technique, the dry garden style. It is made by the famous person who was born and raised where this museum stands. The museum is far from the big Japanese cities but you can experience the old Japanese living and scenery which is worth visiting. Adult admission is 2,300 yen.
HP: www.adachi-museum.or.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address:320 Furukawa-cho, Yasugi-shi, Shimane (Google Map)
15. Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art: Stands where the Japanese-style art maestro Hirayama Ikuo was born [Hiroshima]
Hirayama Ikuo is a Japanese-style art maestro who was active from the end of the World War II until the modern days. The Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, located in Onomichi-shi of Hiroshima is where he was born. Hirayama received inspiration from the Seto Inland Sea’s unique climate and with his encounter with Buddhism. He has created many pieces with the roots of Buddhism and peace as his motifs. At the Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, works from when he was 5 years until present day are on display and in the collection. The building of the museum was designed by the architect Takashi Imazato who is the same architect who has designed the sumo hall, Kokugikan in Tokyo. This museum is the place to go to know more about Hirayama Ikuo. Adult admission is 800 yen.
HP: hirayama-museum.or.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 200-2 Setodacho Sawa, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima (Google Map)