Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

Japan boasts a number of major contemporary art galleries and museums, found in
diverse destinations such as the cosmopolitan capital Tokyo, and the stunning art-island of
Naoshima. In addition to these permanent fixtures, world-class art festivals such as triennales in Echigo Tsumari and Setouchi, and Nakanojo’s biennale, are must-visits for any lover of Japanese contemporary art.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

The MOT has some world-class permanent exhibits, special events, and an impressive art library.

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Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Naoshima

No lover of art can visit Japan and not experience the Benesse Art Site. Some of the finest modern art in Japan is exhibited with the backdrop of islands that rest on the Seto Inland Sea. Every inch of the stunning island is used to showcase their incredible collection.

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National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Designed by famed architect Le Corbusier, the museum is home to the Matsukata Collection as well as work by prominent Western artists including Renoir, Monet, Picasso and Rodan.

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Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone

Set in the stunning natural landscape of Hakone, this open air museum was opened in 1969 and was first of its kind in Japan. It is home to approximately 120 works, set against the changing background of the seasons.

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

This museum allows visitors to experience and enjoy the world’s foremost contemporary art. Promising art that cuts across genres and transcends barriers of time and space, the 21st Century Museum offers the truly avant-garde from a number of Japanese and international artists.

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Adachi Museum of Art, Shimane

Set in a beautiful natural environment, this museum is well known for both its superb Japanese gardens and its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings, comprising of approximately 1,500 of the country’s most highly regarded paintings produced after the Meiji period with a focus on the works of Yokoyama Taikan.

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