Sayamaike Museum

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Sayamaike Museum
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RIred2
North Kingstown, RI41 contributions
English speaking guide helped explain history
Nov 2019
Two reasons to make the effort to visit Sayamaike: Tadao Ando’s building and waterfall and learning about the genius of Japanese engineering from 600. Our guide went out of his way to make our visit meaningful including helping me avoid the many steps to the parking lot and giving us copies of his spectacular photos. The museum succeeds in educating the public. And Ando succeeds in creating inspirational space.
Written November 6, 2019
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Buckster21
London, UK307 contributions
Remarkable architecture with a fascinating museum inside
Aug 2019 • Family
We were very lucky to be accompanied by an English speaking guide who told us about this outstanding building and the history of the first drainage reservoir in Japan (over 1000 years ago) and its recent enlargement after a flood in the area 37 years ago. The signs are all in Japanese but the guides (human and audio) easily fill in the gaps and there are models of every exhibit to explain what you are seeing. Even if you are not interested in the history of land drainage, the architecture is worth the journey.
Written August 12, 2019
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kimusc
Bangkok, Thailand20 contributions
Worth every minute of your time !
Apr 2019 • Family
I came primarily for Tadao Ando's work, but the museum exhibition surprise me. There are audio guides you can borrow. When we visited, we were lucky to be accompanied by one of the volunteer guides. He was very knowledgeable and explained the detail and history of the place to us.
Written April 18, 2019
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Eliasvrv
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Absolutely worth a visit !
Dec 2018 • Solo
It takes a little while to get there from downtown ( about 45 min ) but it is a special place. If you are into architecture, the outside alone is worth it. If you would like to learn a little more about the history of the dam, the oldest in Japan, then going inside is a must. I was quickly introduced to a volunteer, and he was an absolutely amazing guide. Highly recommend!
Written December 16, 2018
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A Y
Hong Kong, China310 contributions
Visit it for Tadao Ando's design and the history of water management
Jun 2017 • Solo
The museum is designed by Tadao Ando and worth visiting both for its architecture and the well curated exhibition on the history of an ancient water management system in Japan (the Sayama reservoir).
When entering the main entrance of the complex, you can see the main museum building and its beautiful reflection on a large pond, part of a complex of corridors/water patio leading to a sunken courtyard where you can find the main entrance to the museum. At regular intervals, water will cascade down the ponds on two sides to form waterfalls. Reminds me a bit of the architecture of the Garden of Fine Arts in Kyoto, also designed by Ando, which is of a much smaller scale.
The museum (also with an archive on land development) is free and provides rich information on the history of the water management system of the Sayama pond. There is a huge cross section of a small part of the ancient dam inside the museum, plus artefacts explaining how the dam was designed/constructed and how it worked. Very interesting.
Don't forget to visit the lovely cafe on the top floor. I enjoyed a lovely lunch and the music playing there. The lady running the cafe was very friendly.
The walk from the train station to the museum is well sign posted. It's also lovely to stroll along the reservoir. It's a great spot to view cherry blossoms in spring. I hope to be able to time a visit there in spring next time.
Written April 22, 2018
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MagnumSung
Penang Island, Malaysia12 contributions
A very delightful place to visit
Aug 2017
Although we visit the place on a very sunny and warm day, it was a very pleasant journey. The route from train station to the museum is clearly marked so you won't get lost from there.

Besides the exhibits of the oldest reservoir in Japan, the coffee shop is another place you must visit. The cookies taste so well and it is a ideal place to have a panorama view of the Sayamaike township.
Written September 3, 2017
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Chetna1973
Hyderabad, India261 contributions
Simply Outstanding!
Nov 2015
During our trip to Japan we visited several pieces of modern architecture (since my husband is an architect) but for me, walking behind the water cascade at the Sayamaike Museum was almost spiritual and just took the experience to another level all together!

The volunteer guide was most helpful and spend time with us talking over coffee and sharing his experiences as a School Principal. We truly appreciate it!

Getting to Sayamaike can be time consuming by public transport so please factor that in. The locality around the area is wonderful to walk through as well, with beautifully landscaped gardens in individual houses, and the large pond.
Written November 24, 2015
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kixguy
Osaka, Japan183 contributions
A pleasant surprise!
Oct 2015 • Friends
A lesser known museum, this is designed by Tadao Ando. Definitely worth a visit if you're into modern architecture. Ando at his best. Surprisingly quiet and free from the crowds. Good place to take photos. Entrance to the museum is free. However, I find the building much more interesting from outside. Definitely worth a visit for Ando fans.
Written November 24, 2015
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MrDurden
Sydney, Australia174 contributions
A beautiful building worth the trip off the beaten track
Nov 2015 • Solo
This building is dedicated to the engineering of Sayamaike Pond, an early irrigation lake dating back to the 7th century. That may sound a little dry (*ahem*) but what really makes this museum a special experience is the architecture (by Pritzger prize winner Tadao Ando) which incorporates creative use of water into the visiting experience.

The exhibits are almost exclusively in Japanese and there is a minimal English pamphlet, but don't let that put you off as it's pretty easy to work out most of what's happening. The centrepiece of the museum is a replica of a huge earthen bank depicting an archaeological dig, which shows various levels of development of the pond wall. There are also reconstructions of various engineering items in wood and stone.

You won't find this museum in many mainstream guidebooks, and it's a little off the beaten track, but it can be accessed by less than 30 minutes of rail travel from Namba on the Nankai Koya line, then a short walk. If you're into contemporary architecture it's definitely worth a visit. And it's free!
Written November 10, 2015
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BKoo
Hong Kong, China88 contributions
Tadao Ando architecture
Sep 2014 • Couples
Stunning architecture by Tadao Ando. Highly worth visiting just to experience the environment created by Ando.
Written September 9, 2014
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