Ken Domon Museum of Photography

Ken Domon Museum of Photography, Sakata: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Ken Domon Museum of Photography Reviews: 4.5/5

Ken Domon Museum of Photography

Ken Domon Museum of Photography
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
▼The first museum of photography in Japan Ken Domon is one of the representative photographers of postwar Japan. He took news photos grounded in realism, portraits and snapshots of famous and ordinary people, as well as photos of cultural assets such as temples and Buddhist statues. His lens captured moments that revealed truths in the turbulent Showa era. Ken Domon Museum of Photography was built in his hometown of Sakata in October 1983 as the first Japanese museum dedicated solely to photographs, and is said to be the only photography museum in the world built for an individual. Here, all 70,000 pieces of his photographic work, including his lifework, “A Pilgrimage through Old Temples,” “Muroji Temple,” “Hiroshima,” “The Children in Chikuho,” “Bunraku Puppets,” and “Features” are preserved and shown to the public in regular succession.
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agfald
60 contributions
A must see
Nov 2018 • Couples
I discovered Domon Ken photography, in Rome, when just by chance I saw a huge exposition on his life work.
So when we went to Japan, we went to Sakata just to see his museum. We spent a whole afternoon there. We saw the children of Showa exposition. Beautiful.
The museum architecture is also beautiful, the idea of having many chairs for you to seat facing outside ( to a fantastic rock garden ) even if you have your back to the fantastic photographs....
And another beautiful space, also with seats, but this time to seat admiring a beautiful pond, and a huge number of cherry trees all in bloom... I could stay there for hours. The idea of coming to a museum and admiring not only the works of art inside it, but taking the time to look outside and admire the nature around it, was in a way, new to me, and I really appreciated the time spent there.
Worth the trip to Sakata.
Written February 9, 2019
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Origirl
14 contributions
[Basho's footsteps] Off-beat Sakata
May 2017 • Friends
Sakata is one of my favorite Japanese cities. I like its peaceful atmosphere, its friendly people, its delicious seafood, its cultural heritage... and especially its few number of tourists.

Unfortunately, as I was passing by, I had only less than one day to explore the city. I rented a bicycle at the station (for free) and was able to reach Ken Domon Museum at the outskirts of the city. I attended a special exhibition "昭和の子供" (the children of Showa period and specifically immediately after WWII). It was an eye opening exhibition.
Written March 19, 2018
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peet262
Iwanuma, Japan64 contributions
A hidden gem that inspires
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a must-see in Sakata. The landscaping and architecture are exquisitely designed to tell visitors what to expect. No imperial columns or huge facades here: this museum aims to share the individual perspectives of a photographer and his contemporaries. My wife and I just visited and caught the special exhibition on the childhood of the Showa generation. Although small, the exhibition was truly inspiring - not the least because of the museum's exterior designs. I will come back to see more!
Written August 6, 2017
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Seamsy
Adelaide, Australia8 contributions
Amazing, fantastic do not miss
May 2017 • Couples
The stories captured through the camera are worth a visit in themselves, but add in an amazing building, beautiful natural forest on the hill, gardens, a large pond and views of Mt Choka, this is a site visit worth visiting. There is a strong sense of artists coming together to honour a person who contributed much in recording some of the recent history of Japan. The fact he donated all his works to his home town and in return they honoured him by creating and placing his works in such magnificent environment speaks highly for all parties. I loved how children were so prominent in the photographs - in times of horror and joy. A very moving and spiritual experience.
Written May 22, 2017
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KanekichiGo
Tokyo17 contributions
Photo Museum of Human Nature 人間性の写真館
Dec 2015 • Family
Inspiring place as if that asks you; why you are here, where you go, who you love, what you do, when to start. 閃きを与える場所、どうしてここに来たのか、どこにいくのか、誰を愛し、何をして、いつ始めるのかを問われているような。
Written October 4, 2016
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James H
Honolulu, HI8 contributions
A Tribute
Apr 2016 • Couples
A great tribute to its native son of Sakata with his many his distinguished work of snapshots of the beauty of Japan and the mind of Japanese in Buddah, children, puppets, ceramics, and masters at work.
A beautiful building with a view of Mt. Chokai, with a pond and gentle movement of water.
A worthwhile visit to first museum of photography in Japan and the sole photography museum in the world built for an individual.
Written April 27, 2016
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James V
T72 contributions
Excellent collection of the native son's photographs
Mar 2016 • Couples
Domon Ken focused his camera on Buddhas, writers, flower displays, the Showa Period, country children, and isolated temples, mostly in black and white, and they make for a visual delight in this museum.
Written March 13, 2016
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