日本での一年間

December 19, 2011

Adachi Museum of Art

There’s one reason the Adachi Museum of Art (足立美術館) gets so many visitors despite being in the middle of nowhere and it’s not the paintings. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of beautiful paintings on display. They simply aren’t the main draw of the museum. The reason everyone goes to the museum is to see the garden.

Although the museum garden is not counted as one of the three great gardens of Japan (日本三名園), it has been ranked as the best garden in Japan by the American Journal of Japanese Gardens for 8 years running! (2003-10) (I’ve been to one of the top 3 gardens as well, Korakuen in Okayama.) The museum was also given 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide for Japan, putting it into the must see category.

The museum was opened by Zenko Adachi in 1970 when he was 71 years old. The museum’s garden and collection have been preened over to years to become the shining gem they are today. The museum does not allow pictures of the artwork, but I have some pictures of the garden to share.

This is what the best garden in Japan looks like.

Due to an unseasonably warm fall, the autumn leaves were not up to their usual brilliance this year (throughout Japan), but I still found a few trees that managed to produce some nice color.

I assume that they were so happy about being named the best garden that they got in engraved on stone, but then they got the prize again and had to improvise because carving a new stone each time is costly.

See more of the best garden, after the jump.

Traditional Japanese rooms have artwork on display in the alcove. This room has a window instead, displaying the garden as a living work of art.

Truly lovely

My friend and I stopped at one of the several cafes inside the museum with a view of the garden for a very overpriced cuppa. (1000 yen per cuppa tea)

But it was certainly a nice view from the cafe! and it was very relaxing to sit there surrounded by such a beautiful sight.

My friend, enjoying the view.

Look closely at this picture. Right there! Near the center of the picture. It's a waterfall!

The museum is not cheap. It costs 2,200 yen for general admission. However, foreigners can get in for 50% off. So, show your passport when you show up and go in for only 1,100 yen.

There are free shuttle buses offered from JR Yasugi station. The ride takes 20 minutes.

More information can be found on the museum website: http://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/e/

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4 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on letsreasonitout.

    Comment by letsreasonthisout — December 19, 2011 @ 1:41 am

  2. Hi Susannah,
    How exciting to see your pictures, which are better than ours, but of course we recognized the place since our group went there, too! Beautiful. Love, A

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — December 19, 2011 @ 2:33 am

    • A, Thanks for the suggestion to visit the museum! It was beautiful. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally check it out.

      Comment by myyearinjapan — December 20, 2011 @ 12:53 am

  3. Hmm, I got a foreigner discount once without showing my passport. Maybe they figured I was too gaikokujinppoi to pass for a Japanese. LOL.

    Comment by reccaphoenix — December 21, 2011 @ 11:57 pm


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