Otsuka Museum of Art

Otsuka Museum of Art, Naruto: Hours, Address, Otsuka Museum of Art Reviews: 4.5/5

Otsuka Museum of Art
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The Otsuka Museum of Art is a "Ceramic board masterpiece art museum" with the largest exhibition space in Japan. Inside, there are more than 1,000 ceramic reproductions of Western art. These masterpieces are reproduced to their original size using special techniques by the Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics Co., Ltd. Unlike the paintings in art books or textbooks, visitors will able to appreciate the true artistic value of the original works, and experience art museums of the world while being in Japan.
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Nishinomiya, Japan971 contributions
Get a glimpse into what the masterpieces are like
Apr 2021
Otsuka Pharmaceutical's pet project to make the world's art pieces accessible to the world.

Built inside a mountain, on the tip of Shizuoka is this museum of ceramic replicates of the world's greatest art pieces.

Probably one of the only places one can see modern greats like Andy Warhol, Salvatore Dali, and Picasso all on one floor. To see the most famous pieces of Michael Angelo, Van Goh, Gaugin, Renior, Rafael, Rodrigues, Vermeer, Rubins all in one building is pretty amazing. They have a recreation, in its exact dimensions, the Sistine Chapel. Rooms devoted to the annunciation, self-portraits, and recreation of Monet's Nymphéas outside.

While these are only exact replicas, it is a great way to see and appreciate these masterpieces in the same building. You can do comparisons without having to travel around the globe. It really builds appreciation for art and culture.

Currently, there is a COVID19 shortened free guided tour of about 40 minutes. Regularly it is 2 hours. In Japanese only.

There is an audio guide for a fee. Available in many languages.

Parking is very far away but there are shuttle busses that come every few minutes to shuttle you back and forth.
Written April 4, 2021
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Shyam N
Tokyo, Japan20 contributions
Pleasant surprise.
Dec 2020
I was not expecting much here. But I had some time on my hand so decided to go and see this wonderful museum and boy was I in for a surprise. The level of hard-work put in replicating these masterpieces was astonishing. The only regret that I had was that I didn't put in enough time so that I could see all of the works. Definitely would plan to go once more there. Worth the trip if you are there in the vicinity.
Written January 2, 2021
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Setagaya, Japan5,492 contributions
A Very Unique Museum with Over One Thousand Life-size Reproductions of Treasured Western Artworks in actual size
Dec 2019
Its parking is a bit far away, but shuttle buses are provided between the parking and the museum. This is where Kenshi Yonezu's performance was broadcast from for the 69th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen. This is a very unique museum, which "houses over one thousand reproductions of treasured Western artworks in actual size, from ancient frescoes to modern paintings in the collections of more than 190 galleries in 26 countries around the world." The paintings are recreated painstakingly on ceramic art boards, which can last over 2,000 years. It is great to see faithful replicas of famous paintings in one place and you can even touch them! Some reproduce the original conditions and/or original configurations like the Altarpiece by El Greco.
Written June 25, 2020
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Tokyo, Japan380 contributions
Quite overpriced and boring
Feb 2020
Couldn’t really understand why this was 3300 JPY for the entrance, even though I appreciate the fact there is a lot of work that has gone in to recreating all of the art on display in this museum. Having traipsed through most of the building I was exhausted and bored and had to go back to the car for a nap. Wouldn’t recommend it at all
Written February 11, 2020
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan4,485 contributions
The best museum!
Aug 2019
This museum has a lot of famous pictures with ceramic replicas.
The building and the site has enough space to walk around and appreciate objects at my own pace.
I went there on a weekday when it opened. There were roughly 300 visitors, but entering was smooth and thanks to it having spacious passages I didn't feel cramped.
When I visited there, a special event was being held which provides wardrobes like from famous pictures, such as "Monnalisa" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring", and visitors can take photos with these objects in the same costume ( visitors can take a photo with almost all works ). These wardrobes were free of charge.
The most impressive thing to me is that since the objects are replicas, I could see them in a luxury way. I can see 7 works of Van Gogh's Sunflowers in the same room and can compare objects "Salome", "Danae" and "Klimt" in the theme of 'Femme fatale' in the same line.
It is far from the center of the city so taking a bus or using a car is better.
Written November 9, 2019
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Tokyo, Japan25 contributions
Enjoy wonderful pictures around the world in one place
Sep 2019
You can enjoy with family, couple, friends or solo here. There are three restaurants. and most of the pictures are made on the ceramic. You may surprise with the techniques.
I love the garden in first floor.
Written September 11, 2019
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Eureka, MT3 contributions
Not worth the admission
Apr 2019 • Friends
It is a beautiful space filled with copies. And the pieces selected to be copied are all western art and nearly all (97% or more) done by men. You will see one thousand pieces of art presenting a small portioned of the world’s population. Lots of resources spent on this expansive museum to produce an exhibit that lacks creativity in any manner.
Written April 12, 2019
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Michael L
Tokushima, Japan50 contributions
A Museum and an Art History Course all in one!
Apr 2018 • Couples
Into all travels, some rain must fall. On such days, a trip to a museum is in order. Wouldn’t it be great to wander the halls taking in the world’s great art? Maybe sit undisturbed for a good long time staring at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Ponder the mysteries of the Mona Lisa without the crowds taking selfies? Compare and contrast certain themes in art by looking at all those paintings in the same room? Well, if you happen to be in Tokushima prefecture, then you are in luck! Make it a point to visit the Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto.

This museum is something of a gimmick, and that is that many of the world’s great paintings and such are accurately reproduced here – except onto ceramic instead of canvas. Which means, essentially, that they will last for ages without maintenance. I won’t get into all the technical details, but suffice it to say these are well done – you would not, looking from a normal distance at any given painting, be able to tell the difference between it and the real thing. All the reproductions are actual size, so when you view Da Vnci’s “Last Supper” you are seeing it largely as you would be if you were viewing it in Milan – although you can get closer to this one. And needless to say, the Sistine Chapel room is, yes, the size of the actual Sistine Chapel. Although the flooring and non-painted parts of the wall do not exactly match the real thing, it is a rather small quibble.

I will note here that there is one possible distraction for purists – because of the nature of the process to make these ceramic reproductions (they are fired in a ceramic oven for 8 hours), there is a size limit to each panel. Smaller paintings (Mona Lisa) are of course made using only one panel. But larger paintings consist of several panels put together – which means there are visible lines on these. At first I found this a bit distracting, but once you see the overall picture, so to speak, it ceases to be a major disturbance. Certainly, if you were to see the original paintings in their original settings, it would be a better experience in many ways. But this museum does have some rather unique strong points.

The first strong point is the completeness of the collection as far as art history goes. You will see Grecian Urns, Roman Mosaics, Medieval Altar panels, the very best of the Renaissance, the Impressionists, and even Picasso’s Guernica (again, life-size) here. No museum in the world has all this in one place. Anyone with a serious interest in art history would well appreciate the nature of the overview here. And for the rest of us amateurs, it is a very good introduction to it all. Few people who are on a budget will be able to travel to the great museums of the world to see all this in its original form. The Sistine Chapel is not the only room re-created – a number of other significant chapels and rooms exist. I was very impressed by the El Greco Altarpiece – which unites the original collection of 6 panels in one room (the collection as it is now is in museums in Spain and Romania).

Secondly, there is a number of themes in art which have been explored over the centuries. For example, “The Annunciation” was a common theme from the Renaissance. To see a collection of all the major paintings from this theme in the same room, and compare and contrast what the artists did in each of them, is to gain an understanding you might not have gotten had you individually travelled to each separate location to see each painting.

A third strong point is Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” As the reader may be aware, this painting has been “restored” because of damage. The Otsuka Museum is probably the only place in the entire world where you can see a life-sized reproduction of the original, and across the room, the same painting in its current restored version. And if you want my opinion, the original is better – for all its damage, it is greater than the sum of its parts. Compared to the original, the new one looks as if the Gimenez School of Restoration had a hand in it (Google Images: “Ecco Homo” if you don’t get the joke). I think the set-up in this room alone is worth the trip.

There are headphones you can rent for a audio guided tour – and I think they do have an English version, although I did not use these. If I have one critique of the museum, it is that aside from certain major works, most of the paintings did not have an English explanation which could be read next to the little Japanese explanation for each painting. I would have thought this would not be too difficult to do, as not everyone is into audio tours.

There are a number of restaurants and cafes, and I would recommend eating on the grounds, as there are not a lot of places nearby to eat, and to really see this place will take the better part of a whole day. The admission price is a rather hefty 3200 yen, but I can’t say it wasn’t worth it. There is parking, which if free if you get your ticket stamped in the museum (so take it with you!). The parking lot is located a bit of the road north and west of the museum, about 500 meters away along the coast of the Inland Sea. There is a shuttle in the lot bus which goes to the museum very regularly.

In any case, if art is your thing, and if you are in Tokushima, I would definitely give the Otsuka Museum a look. And if you have trouble getting past the fact that these are not the “real” works, just remember that someday, many hundreds of years after civilization has collapsed, these might well be the only “real” representations of thousands of famous artworks left in this world.
Written May 10, 2018
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Chun-Jih W
Bangkok, Thailand77 contributions
Wonderful Place to Enjoy Art
Oct 2017 • Friends
This was my first trip. Not a lot of people on a Saturday. Abt 1.5 hour drive from downtown Osaka. Parking spaces were plenty.
All art work are replicas done by a sophisticated molding and painting. Although the artworks were replicas, where else could you find all the major important pieces of the past century all in one place?
Certainly worth the trip! I could not wait to bring my kids here.
Written October 16, 2017
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Sydney, Australia91 contributions
The reasons to visit a replica museum
May 2017 • Friends
1.1000+ quality replica of the world famous artists at one place.
2.Before and after the restoration of 'the last supper' and you can see them closely, not like the original you can only see far and above.
3.No queue. You can take photos without other people's heads.

There are more reasons but three is enough, i think.
Written August 17, 2017
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