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Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki

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Art Museum Museum
When it opened in 1930, Ohara Museum of Art held the first collection of Western art to be permanently exhibited in Japan. Created in honor of painter Kojima Torajiro, the museum now houses an expansive collection of Western and 20th century Japanese art, with special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century French painting and sculpture. Start your tour at the classically styled Main Gallery, meander past the pond where water lilies echo the works of Monet, and finish at the Craft and Asiatic Art Gallery to absorb some Eastern culture. Free audio guides are available. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ohara Museum of Art by using our Kurashiki itinerary planner.
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  • Inside this beautiful Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, here you find the precious gemstone! This is the first privately-run museum with a permanent collection of Western art; you have to respect th...  more »
  • It's rich in Japan of prewar days was great as it is. And so collectible paintings! Around or in the area is like floating atmosphere of the early Showa era of taishou era.
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  • Is a small museum, but many famous works, you can relax. Next to the shops and cafes are all highly recommended.
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  • Lets you have a flavor of European Art and also some Japanese art as old as of 19th century. It felt like being in France and Japan at the same time. A very experience.
  • Amazing collection of western and eastern art from pre-history to contemporary work.
  • Wow! Such an impressive collection in such a remote little town.
  • Love it, western art
  • Nice art museum and great collection

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Look to the canal district of Kurashiki for the most characterful accommodations in the old merchant town. Along the willow-lined banks of the main canal, you'll find a selection of hotels and traditional-style guesthouses known as ryokan, some converted from old warehouse buildings. Newly built establishments try their best to get close to the action of this scenic and historic district, so take a look on either side of the canal for a collection of fairly standard hotels and a few hostels.
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