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  • sligoinian
    Sligo, Ireland101 contributions
    We visited this museum and i enjoyed everything outside but not so much the exhibits that were inside.
    Written October 4, 2022
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  • Journey706434
    Yokohama, Japan80 contributions
    We visited in May 2021 and thoroughly enjoyed walking around the gallery displays on a Saturday afternoon. Visitors and staff members were wearing masks and seemed to be careful about practicing social distancing.

    The cafe was opened, so we had pastries and ice cream which were very good. The view of Sagami Bay was beautiful on a clear-skied day.

    The Golden Tea Room was impressive.
    Written May 27, 2021
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  • TheBigF
    Tokyo, Japan18 contributions
    Great museum for realism. Cool building. It has a cafe and Italian restaurant. An hour from Tokyo but well worth the visit
    Written June 6, 2019
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  • Toru O
    Setagaya, Japan1,725 contributions
    Located within the Bikan Historical Quarters of Kurashiki. This art museum was founded in 1930 and showcases famous paintings from the West, including El Greco, Gauguin, Monet, etc. There are traditional Japanese buildings within the premises that are used as art galleries that also house sculptures and pottery.
    Written April 20, 2022
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,935 contributions
    It is a museum inside Ishibashi Bunka Center. The museum is now renamed to Kurume City Museum. The surrounding area is a very pleasant park, and even if you don’t enter the museum, it is worth going there. This time I visited the exhibition of Kumagai Morikazu. It was wonderful.
    Written December 16, 2019
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  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,159 contributions
    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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  • Erkki N
    Finland872 contributions
    This bonsai museum gives you a thorough introduction to the art of the bonsai. Different species and styles of the trees and aspects in their nursing and display are presented throughout the museum that has several sections. The tour ends in a courtyard with most impressive collection of large bonsai trees that are at least 200 years old, the oldest ones even 1000 years old! Taking photos is not allowed in all areas, but permitted at least in parts of the open air collection.

    Saitama is a bit far away from the central Tokyo, but reasonably easy to reach by train. If you have several days to spend in Tokyo and have interest in the art of the bonsai, Saitama has also several bonsai nurseries you might be interested in. All in all, this museum is a heaven for any bonsai tree enthusiast!
    Written August 9, 2020
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  • Melinda G
    Osaka, Japan471 contributions
    The Kengo Kuma designed building is amazing and probably more interesting than the glass. We arrived an hour before closing and did not find it crowded. We only paid ¥200 for the permanent exhibition. There were many interesting pieces. The gift shop has many nice things but we’re quite pricey.
    Written August 12, 2021
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  • Shlomi T
    Nagano, Japan1,405 contributions
    Excellent museum on a different level. Full of treasures.
    Must have cost them a fortune to build. And to fill it with all those treasures from around the world. SPECTACULAR
    Written May 23, 2021
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  • Cierrann
    Seattle, WA41 contributions
    This was definitely something new for me! Right next to the sand dunes, this museum puts up a new display every year. We were lucky enough to see the 2019 one, right after it opened. The sculptures are incredible. Just thinking about carving in sand, sent shivers of anxiety up and down my back. They have explanations, and the final product was mind blowing. Even more amazing (to the US mind), was the lack of barriers around the sand. I thought it was a mistake, but my guide said no. Japanese don't touch. There was a little sadness there, for me. As the Japanese welcome so many tourists, things are going to change. I found the Japanese like to have some things untouchable and unknowable - while my upbringing made me really want to touch one of those sculptures! (I didn't, of course.) The sculptures themselves are planned and done by an international team, which was also pretty cool.
    Written February 17, 2020
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  • Ava M
    Chicago, IL7 contributions
    They wouldn’t let me mark earlier, but I actually went in fall of 2017. No photography allowed, which almost made the experience more special. There’s Ghibli themed food, and inside looks into the making of some of his films. I bought a lot from the gift store!
    Written February 6, 2021
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  • TassieTripping
    Hobart, Australia546 contributions
    When I visited there was a free exhibition on the ground floor by local artists - Akita Fine Artists Association. The building itself was of interest itself and had been funded by Masaki Hirani and holds many works by Tsuguharu Foujita. The latter painted and drew in Paris, and parts of North and South America. There were many different styles and sizes of work, the biggest of which was a huge mural (about 3.5 x 20.5 metres) - Events of Akita. The exhibition was enjoyable and the view from the museum shop/cafe was also intriguing. No photographs were allowed unfortunately but there were some postcards of his work.
    Written October 31, 2018
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  • 206Seattle
    Seattle, WA169 contributions
    A unique approach to defining a building, well worth the visit. Unfortunately the art, while well-executed, is not cohesive and sometimes derivative. I tried to imagine the experience of the building with other artworks, rotating exhibitions.
    Written November 16, 2019
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  • MarkKwok
    Vancouver130 contributions
    The museum is modern with a good collection of art by Yoshitomo Nara, and huge backdrops of the ballet Aleko by Chagall.

    Aomori-ken (Aomori Dog) is situated outside the museum building. Visitors can see it from inside the museum through the observation window, or take a path to see it up close. There is no fee to take the path so visitors can just come and see Aomori-ken if they wish to save a few bucks.

    There is also a nice coffee shop inside the museum.

    If coming from Aomori station, take the bus at bay no.6. Do check the bus schedule as the buses are hourly. I happened to miss the bus by a minute and ended up taking a cab (some 1,300 - 1,500 yen).
    Written August 26, 2020
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  • neko232
    Cambridge, UK2 contributions
    The writer of the headline review does not seem to have got beyond the museum shop. There are three more floors of very good modern Japanese ceramics, several Roualts, a Renoir, a couple of Picasso ceramics, some modern Japanese paintings which do not deserve to be described as terrible and a display of Japanese dolls, though not of the type intended for children. All are well displayed, though there is not much information in English. The admission fee of 1000 yen includes a bowl of rather good green tea and some sweets, and there's 100 yen discount with a leaflet from the tourist office at Yugawara station. Well worth the money if you're interested in the sort of thing the mseum displays.
    Written March 12, 2019
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