Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art

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Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,100 contributions
Dec 2019
This relatively small villa museum offers a look at a Western-style residence in Japan along with much decorative art and a few Monet paintings. We made a day trip here from Kyoto with a friend, and though nothing held a wow factor, we enjoyed the experience. The half-timbered house went up between 1910 and 1930, designed by a Japanese businessman as his country home. A campaign for its preservation in the 1990s led to what a visitor sees today.

The two-story house stands on a hill with a landscape that features many maple trees and what are likely lovely gardens, but much was barren during our winter visit in December. The house itself has fairly small rooms that sometimes do not work well as galleries, and the layout can became a bit confusing about where to go next. Two modern wings designed by Tadao Ando improve this situation. Fine examples of decorative arts from Japan and abroad abound and include furnishings and ceramics. Paintings, including some of Monet's waterlilies, are on display.

In addition to two galleries, the second floor holds a cafe in what used to be the bedroom. Only beverages and sweets are available and we chose hot tea. A veranda off the cafe offers seating in good weather and a stunning view of three rivers and a mountain.

We went to Oyamazaki by train from Kyoto and continued via a free shuttle from the station to the villa. Otherwise, it takes about 10 minutes walking uphill from the station.
Written November 30, 2020
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Gan K
Kuching, Malaysia42 contributions
Feb 2020
If you are in Kyoto or Osaka, make an effort to visit the Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art. It is very near to the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery. Do check out their website for more information on arrangements to go.
Written February 12, 2020
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PVtalker
Rolling Hills Estates, CA47 contributions
Other reviewers here on Trip Advisor seem unaware of the significance of this out-of-the -way little gem. If you are either curious about or aware of the Mingei movement or its principal founders, Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada, Kawai Kanjiro, Bernard Leach and others and of the cultural upheaval following the Meiji era, this site is well worth the time. The setting is a steep and forested hillside southwest of Kyoto. It is easily reached by trains. A bus awaits to take visitors a short ride to the gates of the manor house. The house and grounds are a unique blend of East and West. The collections displayed include many works from Hamada-san, Kanjiro-san and Mr. Leach. A balcony 'cafe' affords a panoramic view of the valley with your tea and cake. The site is also further evidence of the talents of the Pritzker Prize winning Japanese architect, Tadao Ando. His sensitive oversight regarding restoration of the Villa includes the careful addition of a subterranean gallery which affords space to display items from the collection of the Asahai Beer baron who underwrote the restoration.
Written April 15, 2010
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Jo B
Sidney, Canada145 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
The current special exhibit is about woodblock prints of orchids, and although interesting, it is overdone. Most of the permanent collection has been put away to make room for this special exhibit, which means room after room of orchids, which gets to be too much. A wider selection of materials would have been preferable. And why didn't they have someone demonstrating the woodblock technique? That would have been interesting. Fortunately, the Monet Waterlilies paintings we went specifically to see are still on display, and Monet is always worth making a trip for.
The main building is a 1920s British style house and quite lovely. The new annex building is notable for having been designed by Tadao Ando, and shows his typical affinity for concrete. There are elevators for easy access to the basement and 2nd floors, if stairs are a challenge. There is a 'cafe' with a very limited menu - just a few drinks and cakes, so do not plan on a meal there. Tip: When you get hungry, go to the Hermit Green Cafe, just outside the Hankyu Oyamazaki train station, for a delicious meal.
One oddity is that backpacks and coats are to be left in lockers in an unstaffed separate building. This means that in cold weather they expect you to dash between the locker building and the main building without your coat, and there is no-one to keep an eye on the lockers, so don't leave anything valuable there.
The museum has a garden, which must be gorgeous much of the year. Yesterday not much was in bloom, but it was still nice. We would have enjoyed strolling around the garden and ponds more than we did, but a very large group of small but noisily chattering toddlers was having a picnic at the time we were there (must have been a kindergarden class). Great place for a picnic, but it wasn't the time for a peaceful stroll. No doubt the children had a great time.
The website has an English section, and the museum offers a shuttle bus between the Hankyu and JR train stations and the museum - the schedule is on the website. The distance from the train stations to the museum is walkable, but there is a steep hill involved, which makes the shuttle bus quite a good idea.
Overall, it's a good small museum, but not a great one. It's worth a visit for the architecture and - in our opinion - for the Monets, but it is probably not going to be on anyone's "must-see" list. Go if you have the time for something a little unusual.
Written March 7, 2012
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lyllie2016
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
Dec 2016
A break-stop of our way from Kansai airport to The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto. Admire the architectural, beautiful park & works of Claude Monet. Get the wine cake, it's oishii.
Written December 29, 2016
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Chuck K
Kobe, Japan179 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
The museum, the former mansion of a wealthy Japanese brewer, is a small gem. The location on a wooded hillside, surrounded by gardens both traditional and western, is lovely in its own right. The location is near two major train line stations, so access is easy.

The museum building is one of the first western style mansions designed by a Japanese architect and reflects the attempt to blend those two traditions with sometimes unexpected results.

The gallery's modern extensions, designed by a prize winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando, are a bit jarring but somehow fit with the lovingly restored turn of the century half-timber house.

We visited during the museum's 20th anniversary and the two intimate galleries featured a collection of artists that included Monet, Chagall, Modigliani, Picasso, etc. Since the galleries are small, checking in advance for the collection on display would be a good idea.

The mansion's owner supported the post-war restoration of traditional Japanese crafts known as the Mengei movement. So the permanent collection features pottery by the trio of Hamada, Kawai and Leach, as well as other lovely pieces. If the visitor is interested in Japanese and British handcraft pottery, this collection is a must-see.

On one of the museum's upper floors there is a cafe with a large terrace. So the visitor can gaze at the river valley that lies between Osaka and Kyoto while enjoying some refreshment.
Written June 1, 2016
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Stellayyl
Hong Kong Island, China280 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
Very quaint, nice place to spend the afternoon.

Take JR Kyoto line and arrive at Yamazaki station, turn left is a free shuttle serve that takes you to the museum - only a good 5 minutes ride.

The garden is lovely and make a very nice afternoon stroll. The architecture is beautiful along with Taodo Ando's design of jewelry box with a long staircase down leading to a few Monet paintings. The dining room has been transformed into a nice cafe extending a balcony with a view.

Admission fee applies.
Written October 26, 2014
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tinytrev
Sydney26 contributions
Apr 2012 • Family
The main attraction of this museum is an insight into the impact of the British Arts and Crafts movement on early 20th century Japan. A fairly esoteric subject of course, so if you're not interested the stop here. If this is your thing, the house itself is worth the cost of admission, the contents are just the icing on the cake. It's a ten minute walk from the JR station up a fairly steep hill; if you dn't feel up the the walk there's a free courtesy bus that collects you from a special stop to the east of the station entrance (not at the public bust stop outside).
Written April 16, 2012
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Shinfua
London, UK81 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
There are a few nice collections in this museum and also the garden was very nice. Do not miss the small open space when you walked up the museum, the maple trees must be attractive when it is in autumn with red leaves. Claude Monet souvenirs are sold in the little gift shop and I got a nice Lily Mug there. In addition, there is a restaurant that serves high tea set and beer, good to chill out but make sure you reserve in weekends (will be busy).
Written April 24, 2017
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hfulghum
Shoreline823 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
First things first. If you're tired, or it's hot, or you just don't like climbing steep hills, take the free shuttle bus provided by the museum from the rail station. It picks up right outside the main entry, and will haul you, free of charge, up to the museum...or close to it. You'll still have to walk a couple hundred meters.

That being said, this is another nice, small museum, with an interesting mix of pottery - heavy on Japanese, but with some European work - and an impressive collection of Monet's works, including at least a half-dozen of his water lily series.

There's a nice garden, and a small cafe on the second floor that serves a small but tasty menu of cakes, coffee, and juice.

Also, while I saw none, you are advised to be wary of what i assume to be wild pigs or boars.
Written September 27, 2016
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