Art museums/Museums

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The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
 
 
     
 
A collection of modern Japanese art of Taikan Yokoyama, and works by Yuki Ogura who has a connection with thelocal town.
This museum was opened in 1984 on a hill commanding a view of Lake Biwa and Hira and Hiei Mountains.

It mainly exhibits modern Japanese-style paintings, artworks related to Shiga Prefecture, and contemporary American and Japanese artworks.

The museum boasts excellent modern Japanese-style paintings by YOKOYAMA Taikan, a former member of Nihon-Bijutsu-In (Japan Art Institute) ; HISHIDA Shunso; HAYAMI Gyoshu; and YASUDA Yukihiko.

An original feature of the museum is a collection of about 30 paintings by OGURA Yuki, a woman born in Shiga who painted in the Japanese style; this collection includes such masterpieces as 'The Surihari Pass' and 'Sisters'.

As well, the museum regularly holds original and high-quality exhibitions on a temporary basis; seminars, lectures, art film showings and other events.
       
●Open/9:30-17:00(last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Mondays (or, if Monday falls on a National Holiday, the following day); around years-end 
●Admission Fee/Adults: 500 Yen, High School and College: 300 Yen, Junior High and Elementary Schools : free (free for those aged 65 and over and those with special needs)  ●Tel/077-543-2111
◆Access/By bus from the JR Main Tokaido Line Seta Station and get off at the 'Bunkazon-mae' bus stop, then a 5 minute walk
       
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Mie Prefectural Art Museum
 
 
     
 
The museum has more than 5,000 masterpieces by artists such as Takeji Fujishima, Renoir, Murillo.
The Mie Prefectural Art Museum opened in 1982, in the green hilly area near central Tsu City.

The museum's collection of about 2,000 works is classified into three main groups: works by artists related to Mie Prefecture; works by artists of the modern Japanese artistic style, including SAEKI Yuzo; and works by foreign artists closely related to Japanese modern art, such as Marc Chagall and Jean Renoir.

In 1992, Mie Prefecture and Valencia Province of Spain signed a sister prefecture/ province agreement, resulting in the addition to the museum's collection of 'Saint Catherine of Alexandria' by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, and an early pastel by Pablo Picasso.

Mie Prefecture's specialty, Igayaki ceramic tiles, used on the exterior walls of the museum building, are also worth seeing.
       
●Open/9:30-17:00(last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Mondays (or, if Monday falls on a National Holiday, the following day); Dec.29-Jan.3 
●Admission Fee/Adults(including 65 and over): 300 Yen, College students: 200 Yen, High-school students, junior high-school students and chiidren(12 and under): Free  ●Tel/059-227-2100
◆Access/10 min. walk from JR Tsu Station or Kintetsu Line Tsu Station, or by bus and get off at the 'Bijutsukan-mae' bus stop
       
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Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
 
 
     
 
This museum owns a collection of Japanese art originating in Kyoto from the Meiji Era onwards.
This museum was opened in 1933 in Kyoto, which has been a center of Japanese culture and arts since the Heian period (794-1185) .

For more than 50 years since the museum's founding, it has collected modern artworks produced mainly in Kyoto. Especially noteworthy among the museum's more than 1,600 pieces of art are its excellent Japanese-style paintings, including KIKUCHI Keigetsu's 'The Isle of Haihateroma (1928)' and other masterpieces by TAKEUCHI Seiho, UEMURA Shoen and TOMIOKA Tessai. Other works include ASAI Chu's 'Willow Trees in Grez-sur-Loing (1901)' and other Western-style paintings; sculptures; works of industrial art; calligraphies; and prints. The museum frequently holds exhibitions, most falling under the categories museum-sponsored exhibitions focused on works in the museum's possession; exhibitions of works selected through an open process; and jointly sponsored exhibitions held through international cooperation etc.
       
●Open/9:00-17:00(last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Mondays (except national holidays), Dec.28-Jan.4  ●Fare/Vary depends on the exhibitions  ●Tel/075-771-4107
◆Access/By bus from JR Kyoto Station, Hankyu Line Kawaramachi Station, or Keihan Line Sanjo Station, and get off at 'Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae' bus stop
       
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Osaka Prefectural Chikatsuasuka Museum
 
 
     
 
The museum's exhibitions present how Japan was formed and its international cultural exchange in ancient times.
The somewhat strange name of this museum stems from an old place name 'Chikatsu Asuka (Near Asuka)' referring to an area in the Kawachi region where the museum is located.

This place name appears in the Kojiki, a historical record compiled in the 8th century.

In this book the area presently called Asuka (in the Yamato region) is referred to as 'Totsu Asuka (Distant Asuka)'.

Using ancient earthenware and up-to-date graphic software, the museum presents the formation of Japan as a nation from the Kofun (burial mound) period to the Asuka period.

Conspicuous among the exhibits is a reproduction (diameter:10m; scale:1-150) of the Nintokuryo Tumulus, the largest of its kind in Japan, in its original form.

Many foreigners visit the museum to view its architecture, designed by architect ANDO Tadao, who states that the concept of a 'modern tumulus' underlies the design.

Auto-English Guide system and a catalogue in English are available.

The museum was opened in 1994.
       
●Open/10:00-17:00(last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Mondays (or, if Monday falls on a National Holiday, the following day); Dec.28-Jan.4 
●Admission Fee/Adults: 300 Yen, High School and College: 200 Yen, Junior High School and under: free, (also free for those aged 65 and above and those with special needs)  ●Tel/0721-93-8321
◆Access/By bus from Kintetsu Nagano Line Kishi Station, and get off at 'HannanNeopolis' bus stop, then walk 10 min.
       
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Lake Biwa Museum
 
 
     
 
A general museum about Lake Biwa with the largest exhibition of fresh water fish in Japan.
The largest lake in Japan is Lake Biwa.

The Lake Biwa Museum was opened in October, 1996 on the Karasuma Peninsula, which juts out from the shore of the lake.

Using the theme 'Lake and People', it is a great place for visitors to enjoy and learn about Lake Biwa, using all five senses in the process.

The museum details the life of Lake Biwa, which has been in existence for over 4 million years; the history of the relationship between the lake and the people; and the present environment of Lake Biwa and the area around it.

Its fresh water aquarium is the best in Japan and a real must-see, and contains displays of marine creatures living in Lake Biwa or its catchment area, such as the Biwako catfish, as well as other fresh water fish from the lakes of the world.
       
●Open/9:30-17:00(last entry at16:30)
●Closed/Mondays (or, if Monday falls on a National Holiday, the following day); Dec.28-Jan.4; day after a National Holiday  ●Admission Fees/Adults: 750 Yen, High School and College: 400 Yen, Elementary and Junior High Schools: Free (free for those aged 65 and over and those with special needs)  ●Tel/077-568-4811
◆Access/By bus along the Karasuma Peninsula from JR Biwako Line Kusatsu Station and get off at the 'Biwako Hakubutsukan-mae' bus stop
       
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