The 5 Most Beautiful Museums in Japan

Some people go to museums to see their art collections and exhibitions, though museum is not about just to see the art but also to see the architectural buildings themselves makes the museum more beautiful. On behind, there is always a famous architect executed the design. Let’s scroll down and check the 5 most beautiful museums you can visit in Japan.

Aomori Museum of Art

Located in Aomori, far north of the main island, Aomori Museum of Art is a prefectural museum located right next to Sannaimaruyama site, an archeological site. Designed by an architect, Jun Aoki, the museum was designed with the inspiration from the site. The white color of the wall is the color of the deep snow falling in Aomori during the winter. Visual identities and designs of the museum are also worth to check. They exhibit artworks done by artists related to the area, such as Yoshitomo Nara and Shiko Munakata.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is a museum opened under the purpose to “enhance the charms and reputation of the local” and “to disseminate cultural information throughout the world”. Designed by SENAA, architecture unit of two architects; Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, they have wide range of contemporary art collections from all over the world including music, the performing arts and films.

The National Art Center, Tokyo


The National Art Center is a museum located in Roppongi, The museum has an eye catching  rounded form of the outside wall. The National Art Center, Tokyo is executed by an architect Kisho Kurokawa. Curvy glass wall creates beautiful lighting effect from the natural sunlight and at the night time, they expose the light from inside to outside. They are unique that they don’t have inhouse collection but they always do interesting exhibitions.

Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum, Tochigi


An architect, Kengo Kuma designed this museum. This museum dedicated to Ukiyoe and the works of Hiroshige Utagawa. Building of the museum is made of local cedar and wachi (Japanese traditional handcrafted paper), With the concept of “the traditional and serene appearance that artistry and tradition of Hiroshige.”

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art


With calm and quiet atmosphere by water, the museum brings peaceful moment to your mind even from its look. They exhibit modern and contemporary art collections from all over the world. They have unique techniques how to exhibit the collections and provide the great space to observe the arts. 

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