Okayama Kenritsu Bijutsukan (Art Museum)
Okayama Kenritsu Bijutsukan (The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art) is located in the city center of Okayama, near Okayama Castle and Korakuen, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. It houses mostly works by artists closely connected to Okayama Prefecture. The collection covers an extensive period from the Middle Ages to modern times, with pieces by many different artists. On display here is the work entitled Matsuri wa Owatta (The Festival is Over) by Yasuo Kuniyoshi, an example of Western-style painting by a Japanese artist. Born in 1889 in Okayama, Kuniyoshi traveled to America and worked actively there, eventually becoming famous worldwide for his original style. The museum also holds Japanese-style paintings, including Sesshus Sansui-zu (Painting of a Landscape), designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, which is said to have been painted in the latter half of the 15th century, and Hotei-zu, a painting of a potbellied god who is one of the Seven Deities of Fortune, by Miyamoto Musashi. Miyamoto was also known as a master swordsman, and the work is thought to have been painted in the first half of the 17th century.'
Address: 8-48 Tenjin-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama
Admission Fee: 300 yen (permanent exhibition)
Closed: Mondays (if the Monday is a national holiday, the following weekday), New Years holidays, maintenance period'
Directions: JR Okayama Stn./5-min. walk/Okayama-ekimae Stn./Okayama Denkikido Higashiyama Honsen Line (street car)/5-min. ride/Shiroshita Stn./3-min. walk
15 min walk from JR Okayama Stn.