Ishikawa Kenritsu Bijutsukan (Art Museum)
Ishikawa Kenritsu Bijutsukan is located next to Kenrokuen, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. The museum houses many old Japanese artworks, most of which were originally owned by the Maeda family, lords of the Kaga domain (present day Ishikawa Prefecture). A pair of incense burners in the form of near-life-size pheasants, part of the permanent exhibition, are said to be the work of Nonomura Ninsei, a ceramic artist active around the 17th century. The male pheasant is designated a National Treasure and the female an Important Cultural Property. A type of porcelain produced in this region, Kutani-yaki, is regarded as the best colored patterned porcelain in Japan, and old pieces are highly valued worldwide. At the museum, works of the major Kutani-yaki kilns are displayed in chronological order, starting with the great old pieces.
Address: 2-1 Dewa-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
Admission Fee: 350 yen (permanent exhibition)
Closed: New Years holidays, maintenance period'
[Bus]JR Kanazawa Stn./Bus/20-min. ride/Hirosaka Stop/5-min. walk