• Naoko Mikami

A Guide to Okayama Museums

Updated: Apr 10


Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art

(岡山県立美術館)

Location: Okayama


The museum has a collection of many excellent artworks with the theme of 'a connection with Okayama Prefecture'. The 'Okayama Art' exhibit which showcases these works, exhibits different Japanese paintings and writings every month and different Western art and industrial crafts every three months. In addition, it holds special exhibits and themes through which works from a variety of eras and genres can be enjoyed.



Hayashibara Museum of Art

(林原美術館)

Location: Okayama


The museum houses approximately 10,000 pieces of art composed of swords, armors, pottery, Noh costumes and masks, furniture, paintings, calligraphies and lacquer work. The collection comprises 3 national treasures and 26 masterpieces, classified as important cultural property of Japan.


Okayama Orient Museum

(岡山市立オリエント美術館)

Location: Okayama


Okayama Orient Museum is a museum of Ancient Near Eastern, Roman provincial, Byzantine, Sassanian, and Islamic Art in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. As of 2007 there were some 4,852 items, including winged Assyrian reliefs. The museum is a prize-winning design by Okada & Associates.



Ohara Museum of Art

(大原美術館)

Location: Kurashiki


The basis of the collection was formed by Ohara Magosaburo on the advice of the Japanese painter Kojima Torajirō (1881–1929) and the French artist Edmond Aman-Jean (1860–1935).

In 1961 a wing was added for acquired Japanese paintings of the first half of the 20th century: Fujishima Takeji, Aoki Shigeru, Kishida Ryūsei, Koide Tarushige and others. In the same year, a wing for potteries of Kawai Kanjiro, Bernard Leach, Hamada Shoji, Tomimoto Kenkichi and others was opened.


Takahashi City Nariwa Museum Of Art

(高梁市成羽美術館)

Location: Takahashi


Takahashi City Nariwa Museum of Art, in order to honor the outstanding virtue of took the painter Torajiro Kojima that begat the town Nariwa, opened in 1953 as Okayama Prefecture's first Municipal Museum of Art (1953), 1994 (1994) to the third generation building There was new construction opened in the current location.



The Bizen Osafune Sword Museum

(備前長船刀剣博物館)

Location: Setouchi

The Bizen Osafune Sword Museum is one of a limited number of sword museums and features a variety of Japanese swords on display. Visitors can learn about the history and manufacturing process for Japanese swords as well as experience the beauty and power of the swords up close. In the adjacent workshop, visitors can see the skill of Japanese sword artisans, including the process where tamahagane, steel made from iron sand, is heated to 1300°C and then hammered to make a plate. (limited dates and times)


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