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The Adachi Museum of Art

  • Located in a rural part of western Japan in Shimane Prefecture, the Adachi Museum of Art is a must-visit on any traveler’s list. Spread over two floors, it houses a noteworthy collection of Japanese art. However, the stand-out feature here is the beautiful, picturesque garden. Walking through the museum you’ll notice that each of the windows are perfectly placed to view the garden, and framed with a mountain-range as a backdrop it’s not difficult to see why it’s been consistently voted as one of Japan’s top spots.

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    Japan is proud of celebrating seasonal changes, and the museum gardens are a perfect place to visit at any time of year since it’s been designed to always have something in-season. Additionally, the artwork inside is regularly rotated to match the current season outside. Autumn is particularly beautiful with its green, red, and gold hues framing the mountains.

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    Walking through the museum, which is well-marked with directions, you will be led from indoor to outdoor spaces, at times viewing the artwork, and at other times viewing the landscaped garden through large viewing windows. Photos of the pieces inside aren’t allowed to be taken, but shooting the gardens themselves are no problem.

    It’s easy to see why the gardens are so popular here since the founder, Adachi Zenko, brought together his dual passions for art and gardening by marrying both together with the approach that the “the garden is also a picture”.

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    The main garden is the Dry Landscape Garden, which is best viewed from Cafe Midori where they serve up a selection of teas, coffees, desserts, and seasonal ice cream. The large viewing windows here make this a perfect spot from where you can look out onto the impeccable view.

    There is also the Moss Garden, the Pond Garden, and The White Gravel and Pine Garden which is a tribute to the works of Yokoyama Taikan whose work Adachi Zenko collected, and was used to inspire the creation of the museum.

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    There are two Tea House gardens here as well. Admission to Tea House Juraku-an is 1,000 yen, where you can sit and relax with a cup of Japanese green tea, and Juryu-an is a traditional tea house which you can freely walk around the garden area. Admission for this tea house is 1,500 yen.

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    If you’re in the mood for something a little bit more substantial, the cafe, Taikan, serves up a selection of hearty meals, drinks, and cakes. Taikan is surrounded by the Pond Garden, a picture-perfect setting while you recharge.

    The museum is open 7 days a week year round, from April-September 9am to 5:30pm, and from October-March from 9am to 5pm. The Annex, where the artwork is exhibited, closes every few months to change and refresh the work on display.

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    The Adachi Museum of Art

    English language audio guides are also available and are recommended to make the most of your time here, with commentary on the Japanese gardens and artwork. The devices are available to rent for 500 yen per person.

    The admission fee is 2,300 yen for adults with various discounts available for groups, students and travelers, so be sure to bring your passport.

    To get here without a car, there’s a free shuttle bus that departs from JR Yasugi Station, but seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations) so if you’re traveling during a busy season it’s best to be prepared!

    Matsue
    Address
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Asahimachi
    Phone
    Adachi Museum of Art
    Address
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Furukawachou 320
    Phone
    0854287111
    喫茶室 翆
    Address
    島根県安来市古川町320 足立美術館内
    Phone
    0854-28-7111
  • Yasugi
    Address
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Yasugichou
    Phone
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