Things to do in , Chugoku: The Best Museums

January 19, 2022 Marianna Hollaway

Discover the best top things to do in , Japan including Shimane Art Museum, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, Anno Art Museum, Hagi Uragami Museum, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, The Sand Museum, Pear Museum, Watanabe Art Museum.

1. Shimane Art Museum

1-5 Sodeshicho, Matsue 690-0049 Shimane Prefecture +81 852-55-4700 http://www.shimane-art-museum.jp
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4.5 based on 286 reviews

Shimane Art Museum

The museum on the shores of Lake Shinji, which is designated as "100 Japanese Sunsets in Japan," is the largest museum in San-in. Collect excellent works of each field such as paintings, sculptures, crafts, photographs as permanent exhibitions. It is also acclaimed that a large number of paintings with the theme of “water” will be exhibited.

Reviewed By delphine95 - Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

First the architecture of the museum in front of the lac is amazing. Inside permanent exhibition has very important western and japanese master piece as an enormous sculpture Victor Hugo by Rodin. You will find a gallery with great suite and black pictures from the artiste Teiko Shiotani. Twilight temporary exhibition gathers paintings from Impressionist european painters and japanese painters of the same century very beautifull and interesting to see the connexion between these two cultures. What ever the kind of art you like i really recommend to take 90 minutes to enjoy Shimane museum.

2. Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

99-4 Taishacho Kizukihigashi, Izumo 699-0701 Shimane Prefecture +81 853-53-8600 http://www.izm.ed.jp
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4.5 based on 363 reviews

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

The origins of japan,enfolded in mystery. Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo is dedicated to exhibiting the heritage of the ancient Izumo culture. Central Lobby Exhibition In the Central Lobby stand the "UZUBASHIRA PILLAR" a pillar found in the ruins of the Izumo Grand Shrine,discovered in 2000. Theme Exhibitions ”Izumo Grand Shrine and the Festivals of the Land of the Gods” offers an introduction to the mysteries of Izumo Grand shrine, said to have been vast in scale in ancient times. "Bronze implement and decorative sword" showcases the bronze inplement of the Yayoi period (approx.500 BC-250 AD) and the luxuriously decorated long swords,(tachi,) of the Kofun period (approx.250-600 AD)

Reviewed By Ontario55 - Toronto, Canada

Historical insights regarding the origins of Japanese culture are to be gained from seeing the valuable artifacts preserved at this museum adjacent to Izumo Grand Shrine. Though some are replicas, several objects on display are priceless national treasures. Taken at a leisurely pace -- Don't rush! -- the many exhibits reveal a great deal about early Japan, the construction and re-construction of the Grand Shrine over centuries, and its significance (both religious and otherwise) to successive generations. My wife and I took in the museum before going to the Grand Shrine, which enhanced our appreciation of the shrine immeasurably. Had we done it the other way around there still would have been a lot for us to learn. An English-language audio guide is free with admission.

3. Adachi Museum of Art

320 Furukawacho, Yasugi 692-0064 Shimane Prefecture +81 854-28-7111 http://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/
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4.5 based on 1,045 reviews

Adachi Museum of Art

Reviewed By nigelf938 - London, United Kingdom

One of the most beautiful formats for a gallery, mixing framed views of perfect, unscaleable Japanese garden design with traditional exhibitions of more recent Japanese artists from 19th and 20th centuries. Feels a bit off the beaten track but don’t miss it!

4. Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park

58-2 Sanbecho Tane, Oda 694-0003 Shimane Prefecture +81 854-86-9500 [email protected] http://www.nature-sanbe.jp/azukihara/
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park

The Sanbe Buried Forest is the hidden forest where many giant trees have been lying under the ground since the ancient times, that is the result of the volcanic eruption of Mt.Sanbe around 4,000 years ago. In the underground exhibition hall of the Sanbe Buried Forest Museum, you will find some huge trunks of trees standing straight as they were in the ancient days, and others being laid down there after having fallen down and been driven in an avalanche of sands and rocks caused by the eruption.

5. Anno Art Museum

60-1 Ushiroda, Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi-gun 699-5605 Shimane Prefecture +81 856-72-4155 http://www.town.tsuwano.lg.jp/anbi/anbi.html
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Anno Art Museum

6. Hagi Uragami Museum

586-1 Hiyako-machi, Hagi 758-0074 Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 838-24-2400 [email protected] http://www.hum.pref.yamaguchi.lg.jp/
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Hagi Uragami Museum

Reviewed By OwenL1688 - Shanghai, China

I enjoyed the museum. It is filled with modern ceramic art in the permanent exhibit. Only cost 300 yen. There are also an exhibit showing how wood block prints are carved and colored. There is some detailed prints showing how a maiden would live and the arts she would do all of her free time. There is also really exquisite lacquerware. I didn’t see the traveling exhibit that was held in three other halls. That was 1100 yen.

7. Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography

353-3 Sumura, Hoki-cho, Saihaku-gun 689-4107 Tottori Prefecture +81 859-39-8000 [email protected] http://www.houki-town.jp/ueda/
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography

"Ueda Shoji Photography Museum is a private art museum of photographer Shoji Ueda located in Sakai-cho, Nishikori-gun, Tottori Prefecture. Shoji Ueda is one of the most watched Japanese photographers in the world. The hotel is located at the foot of Oyamayama, which is rich in nature, and from the hall designed by architect Takamatsu Shin, you can enjoy the "upside-down Oyama" reflected on the water surface. "

8. The Sand Museum

2083-17 Yuyama Hukubecho, Tottori 689-0105 Tottori Prefecture +81 857-20-2231 http://www.sand-museum.jp/
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4.5 based on 633 reviews

The Sand Museum

The Sand Museum in Tottori Sand Dunes is the only indoor museum exhibited sand sculpture specially. We exhibit the highest quality sand sculptures every year by the executive producer and the professional sculptor from all over the world.

Reviewed By Cierrann - Seattle, United States

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.

9. Pear Museum

198-4 Dakyojicho Kurayoshi Park Square, Kurayoshi 682-0816 Tottori Prefecture +81 858-23-1174 [email protected] http://1174.sanin.jp/
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Pear Museum

The Tottori Twentieth Century Pear Memorial Museum Nokokkokan is the only pear-themed museum in Japan in Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture. It was opened in April 2001, one of the facilities that make up Kurayoshi Park Square. The official name is Tottori Prefectural Tottori Twentieth Century Pear Memorial Hall, but it was nicknamed Nasukokan in December 2009 and has been used in combination.

10. Watanabe Art Museum

1-55-1 Kakuji Tsutsumishita, Tottori Tottori Prefecture +81 857-24-1152 [email protected] http://watart.jp/
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Watanabe Art Museum

The Watanabe Art Museum is a registered museum in Tottori Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture. Operated by the Watanabe Art Museum. It was established in 1978 for the purpose of storing and releasing the 30,000 artworks collected by doctors and yuan Yuan, and was incorporated in 1987.

Reviewed By chaopengwei

The best museum for Samurai's culture maybe. Here are lots ancient armours and weapon. The quantity of the armours and weapon may be the top of Japanese museum. You can also try to wear the helmet and take photos for free. The stuff is very kind and helpful. Worth visiting!

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