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Teshima Art Museum, Tonosho-cho

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Art Museum Museum
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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  • Teshima Art Museum is an extraordinary experience I have had while visiting Japan. I found peace in this museum compare to the main cities in Japan. Once you arrived from Uno Port, you could use bike/...  more »
  • Wow .. for me this was a most extraordinary experience . I have probably only ever been to conventional art museums in the past and this one and Chichu on Naoshima were radical concepts abd the scale ...  more »
  • This is definitely the highlight of the trip. breathtaking experience. We used the shuttle but you can also access by bike  more »
  • 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.
  • A must visit. I wouldn't recommend looking much up about the place but just visit. It serenity and simplicity is stunning.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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