Kitagawa Village “Monet’s Garden” Marmottan
This is the only recreated garden of the French Impressionist artist, Claude Monet, officially permitted to use its name outside of his home country. You will enjoy not only the famous water lilies from spring to autumn, but also the beautiful seasonal scenery, a work of art created by nearly 68,000 plants and flowers in the 30,000㎡ of grounds.
|Address or Location||1100 Notomoko, Kitagawa-mura, Aki-gun, Kochi|
9:00-16:00 (July and August)
|Closed||Tuesdays (Open every days in May and August), New Year Holidays |
*temporary closed for the maintenance work during the winter season (enquiry required for the dates)
|Fees||Adult 700yen, Child (under 15s) 300yen|
|Transportation||approx. 60-minute drive from Kochi Ryoma Airport, 70-minute drive from Nankoku IC on the Kochi Expressway Or take the Kitagawa-mura village bus from Nahari station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway to Monet-no-niwa bus stop (approx. 10 minutes)|
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari (TIMA)
This is the first architectural museum in Japan, dedicated to the works of Toyo Ito, an internationally acclaimed architect. Learn about cutting-edge contemporary architecture in buildings well-matched with the natural surroundings. Then take a pleasant walk in the outdoor space where you get to see his works in smaller scaled models and the serene scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.
|Address or Location||2418 Urado, Omishima-machi, Imabari-city, Ehime|
|Closed||Mondays (except Bank Holidays, in which case closed the next working day), New Year Holiday (December 27 to 31)|
|Fees||Adult: 800yen, Student (over 18s) 400yen *Free admission to students under 17s|
|Transportation||30-minute drive from Omishima IC|
Towel Museum Ichihiro
This is the world’s first towel museum located in Imabari, Japan’s largest towel-producing city. The unique museum offers an exhibition on the towel-making process, a wide range of arts made of towels and an extensive garden. On-site restaurants and shops are especially popular with the ladies!
|Address or Location||2930 Asakurakamiko, Imabari-city, Ehime|
|Opening Hours||9:30-18:00 * open until 19:00 on Saturdays, the day before Bank Holidays|
* Opening hours for restaurants and cafes vary
|Closed||Open every day *temporarily closed for maintenance|
|Fees||Adult 800yen, Student (ages 13-17) 600yen, Child (under 12s) 400yen, Senior citizen (over 65s) 500yen|
|Transportation||90-minute drive from Matsuyama Airport, 20-minute drive from JR Imabari station, approx. 15-minute drive from Imabari IC|
Tobe-yaki pottery, with its white clay and blue patterns, is a nationally designated traditional craft in addition to being a prefectural intangible cultural asset. Thick, simple pieces with good durability are the staple of Tobe-yaki.
|Address or Location||Tobe-cho, Iyo-gun, Ehime|
From Takamatsu-city in Kagawa, it takes about 1 hour by ferry to the Naoshima island, where contemporary art and nature coexist. Naoshima Island was selected as one of the world’s top 7 “must visits” in the travel magazine “Traveler”. In the island there are old traditional houses, temples, and shrines. The south side has newer sights and museums, such as the Chichu Art Museum and Lee Ufan Museum, both designed by Mr. Tadao Ando.
Some Traditional houses in Honmura district were assigned to artists to turn them into works of art.
School and gym facilities such as Naoshima Kindergarten, Naoshima Elementary School and Naoshima-cho gymnasium have unique designs to keep with the style of the other buildings in the area.
|Address or Location||Naoshima-cho Kagawa-gun, Kagawa|
|Transportation||about 1 hour by ferry ｆrom Takamatsu Port|
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
An artist who found a home in Japan and in the United States,Isamu Noguchi pursued the dream of `sculpting the earth.’ The studio he used during his later years is located in Mure,at the foot of Mt.Gokenzan, with a commanding view of Yashima. You can still hear the sound of stone being carved in the surrounding neighborhood. This is where the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum is located. The museum preserves the atmosphere of the space as it was when Isamu was alive. Over 150 sculptures,including some unfinished pieces; an exhibition hall; Isamu’s residence and a sculpture garden are open to the public. The space itself is an environmental sculpture. Visitors can experience the tranquil surroundings in which Isamu selected stone as a medium for work that would unite people all over the world. It is a rare place that makes visitors reflect on what it means to leave a legacy.
|Address or Location||3519,Mure,Mure-cho,Takamatsu-City,Kagawa|
|Opening Hours||Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays|
|Closed||Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays (Summer;August 12-17; Winter;December 28-January 7）|
Lacquer in Kagawa started with Zokoku Tamakaji, in the latter part of the Edo period (1600 – 1868), who brought information back to Japan from the Asian continent. A variety of lacquer goods are made, from large pieces of furniture to small bowls and other vessels. Five of the local techniques are nationally designated traditional crafts.
|Address or Location||Kagawa|
|Phone||087-841-9820 (Kagawa Lacquerware Industry Cooperative Association)|
George Nakashima Memorial Gallery
George Nakashima always maintained a dialog with the trees he used while making his furniture. Being surrounded by his works makes you feel as though you’re in the middle of a forest. Sakura Seisaksho worked actively with Nakashima since 1964 to build fine furniture, and it is the only furniture make in the world recognized to employ his techniques. Sakura Seisakusho constructed this Memorial Gallery in 2008 in order to promote his lifestyle and philosophy. Sixty and more of Nakashima’s early works presented here include the chairs and desks that are used in the Nakashima workshop. Besides the studio in New Hope, USA, this memorial gallery is the best place in the world to appreciate his works. The Gallery Shop on the first floor has books about George Nakashima and articles made by Sakura Seisakusho, and there is a place where you can sit in chairs designed by Nakashima. They also provide consultation for the purchase of any of their products.
|Address or Location||1132-1, Omachi, Mure-cho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa|
|Opening Hours||10:00 – 17:00 (Final Admission 16:30)|
|Closed||Sunday,Holiday, Summer, and Year-end/New Year Holiday *Reservations are necessary for group tours.|
|Transportation||(By car) About 25 minutes from JR Takamatsu Station About 5 minutes from Shioya Station on the Kotoden Shido Line|
Honjima, in the centre of the Shiwaku Islands, developed as the home base of the Shiwaku Navy in the 12th to 17th centuries. The island’s nostalgic glory days can be seen in several historical and cultural properties such as Shiwaku Kinbansho (the former government office), listed as an Important Cultural Property and Kasashima Town designated as an Important Historic Structure Group Preservation Zone. In recent years, Honjima serves as one of the locations for the Setouchi Triennale and attracts art lovers.
|Address or Location||Honjima-cho, Marugame-city, Kagawa|
|Phone||0877-27-3222 (Marugame Town Hall Honjima Community Centre)|
|Transportation||10-minute walk from JR Marugame station, then 20-minute high-speed ferry ride or 35-minute ferry ride from Marugame Port to Honjima|
Benesse House Museum (Benesse Art Site Naoshima)
The Benesse House Museum is a contemporary art museum and hotel based on a concept of “the coexistence of nature, art and architecture”. The complex contains four buildings: the Museum, Oval, Park and Beach, all designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando. The complex itself is a gallery where you can find works of art in the guest rooms, in the woodlands, on the beach…all over the place. Have a luxury holiday in this unique museum and indulge in the artistic, architectural and landscape designs!
|Address or Location||Gotanji, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa|
|Opening Hours||Museum: 8:00-21:00 (last admission 20:00)|
|Closed||open every day|
|Fees||1,030yen *free admission for children under 15s and overnight guests at Benesse House|
|Transportation||Take the Shikoku Kisen ferry from Takamatsu Port to Miyanoura Port (approx. 50 min.), take the town bus for Tsutsuji-so and get off at the last stop. From there, take the free shuttle bus (5 min.) or walk about 15 minutes.|
Marugame clan makes three types of fans (uchiwa) which have become nationally designated traditional crafts. The Shibu-uchiwa, invented in 1633, the Medake Marue-uchiwa made since the 1780s, and the hirae-uchiwa developed in the 1880s.
|Address or Location||307-15Minato-cho Marugame,Kagawa (Kagawa Paper-fan Industry Cooperative Association)|
|Phone||0877-24-7055 (Kagawa Paper-fan Industry Cooperative Association)|
|Closed||Monday December 28st to January 4th|
Otsuka Museum of Art
World-famous artworks have been reproduced on ceramic panels at actual size. Well-known works from 25 countries are on display year-round. Of particular interest are Picasso’s “Guernica” and the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
|Address or Location||In Naruto Park, Naruto-cho, Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture|
|Opening Hours||9:30 – 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00)|
|Closed||Closed Mondays (open when Monday is a holiday and closed Tuesday), closed for several days in January after the New Years Holidays, open everyday in July and August.|
|Fees||Adult: 3,240 yen|
|Transportation||Approx. 15 minutes from JR Naruto Station by bus. Approx. 5 minutes bay car from Naruto-kita Highway Interchange.|
Ai-no-Yakata (Aizumi-cho Historical Museum)
The museum used to be a dyer’s residence and factory, exhibiting the history and process of the “Awa Aizome” (natural indigo dyeing). Feel free to join in the hands-on class for indigo dyeing and make your own handkerchief!
|Address or Location||172 Aza Maezunishi, Tokumei, Aizumi-cho, Itano-gun, Tokushima|
|Opening Hours||9：00-17:00 (class for indigo dyeing: 9:00-16:00)|
|Closed||Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays), New Year’s Holiday (December 28 to January 1)|
|Fees||Adult 300yen, Student (ages 13-18) 200yen, Child (under 12s) 150yen (50yen p/p discount for a group over 20)|
|Transportation||25-minute drive from Tokushima Awaodori Airport or from JR Tokushima station, 5-minute drive from Aizumi IC|
Otaniyaki (Otani Pottery)
With over 200 years of tradition, Otaniyaki pottery in Naruto has long been known for large water jars and pots. The industry started off making pots for indigo dyeing and transformed over time to produce a range of ceramics for daily use. Pottery tours and hands-on classes are available. A must-see is their signature potter’s wheel known as a “Nerokuro”.
|Address or Location||Otani, Oasa-cho, Naruto-city, Tokushima|
|Phone||088-689-0204 (Otani Pottery Association, OOASA Society of Commerce and Industry)|
|Transportation||A few minutes’ walk from Awa-Otani station on the JR Naruto Line|