Teshima Art Museum, Tonosho-cho

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In Teshima Art Museum, admire a single piece of artwork--an ethereal shell-like construction resembling a water droplet at the moment of landing. A vast, white, open space, devoid of pillars and decorations lends an airy feel, while the oval openings on the top allow the sound, light, and wind to interconnect. In addition, water emerges from the ground through the whole day, imitating the museum in miniature form. Contemplate in peace, listen to the soft sounds, and revel in the site's singularity. The cafe serves locally sourced food and drinks. In the souvenir shop, find original books and artwork. To visit Teshima Art Museum on your trip to Tonosho-cho, use our Tonosho-cho vacation builder.
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218 reviews
  • August 16, 2017
    The building was thought to go. Was playing a special time. Even foreign tourists forget many countries neither time nor space. Compared with overseas museums, unfortunately, taken any such ban points. I felt it, but worth even the impervious thing.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Worth is located away from the port of Toshima in about 30 minutes by bus, 15 minutes walk to. Expands the view everyday and is separated from the moment I got off the bus. It is a interesting place to think about the concept and the Museum of fine arts. I'd visited during the hot, windy nature room stay very comfortable and I was surprised. After the rain, so cute frog, very spacious room and bathroom.
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  • July 30, 2017
    The absolute highlight of my trip to the art islands. Simplistic beauty and peaceful serenity amidst green rice fields and natural bush. I was completely fascinated by the movement of the water and th...  more »
  • May 28, 2017
    The most mesmerizing this I have seen in my entire life. About taking pictures: I think it's the artist's intent that you be fully present; taking pictures will detract from your experience. There's no way you can capture it digitally anyway. I saw people taking pictures and actually felt sorry for their loss! Just stow your camera and take pictures with your heart. You will never forget this place.
  • July 10, 2017
    A must visit. I wouldn't recommend looking much up about the place but just visit. It serenity and simplicity is stunning.
  • May 17, 2017
    A must visit! One of the highlights of my trip in Japan! I had the most calm and relaxing time. The whole experience makes you just want to contemplate and stay silent.
  • April 9, 2017
    Unbelievable, transcendent experience. This place blurs the line between museum and art. I don't know if it could exist in a place other than Japan where people have the utmost respect for their surroundings. Without spoiling the surprise of what lies within, I found it one of the most absorbing and thought provoking artworks I've ever encountered. Who would have thought such a simple concept could lead to such complexity? In this way it mirrors the wabi sabi concept of Japanese culture where simply following nature leads to great craftsmanship and depth. The work made me think of evolution, karma, spiritual development. I found myself emotionally bound up in what was going on before me, it was surreal. You must go and experience this if you can; you will walk the winding path out of that fantastic domed enclosure a different person.
  • March 4, 2017
    The museum is a fusion of art and architecture. Is a place where you can spend the entire day astonished by what's happening inside (of course I don't want to tell what there is inside). Absolutely a Sanaa masterpiece

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