The Adachi Museum of Art (Adachi Bijutsukan) was established in 1970, based on the private collection of Zenko Adachi, a businessman born in Yasugi city, Shimane, as a way of combining his passions for Japanese art and garden design. He hoped that viewing the gardens and artwork together would expand peoples’ appreciation and interest in Japanese art.
The Adachi Museum of Art is best known for its award winning garden. It has been named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the “Journal of Japanese Gardening“. The garden can be enjoyed at anytime of the year and shows a different character depending on the season. It can only be viewed from the museum building.
In addition to the gardens, the Adachi Museum of Art also houses a collection of nearly 1300 twentieth century paintings and artworks which are rotated seasonally. There is also a permanent exhibit of paintings by Yokoyama Taikan, as well as a ceramics exhibit.
Great Artistic Gardens
Modern Japanese Paintings: Main Building
The collection of modern Japanese paintings is highly regarded, and together with the Japanese gardens, it is one of the Adachi Museum of Art’s main features. The Museum houses numerous masterpieces by great masters who established the modern Japanese art world, such as Yokoyama Taikan, Takeuchi Seiho, Uemura Shoen, Hashimoto Kansetsu, Kawabata Ryushi, Sakakibara Shiho and Ito Shinsui.
Contemporary Japanese Painting: Annex
The Adachi Museum of Art opened the Annex in 2010, as its 40th anniversary celebration. The annex houses about 200 masterpieces by promising Japanese painters, including those that have won the Adachi Museum of Art Award. In addition, it holds the Inten Exhibition every autumn, displaying new paintings by regular members of the Japan Art Institute, such as Miyasako Masaaki, and works accepted by Inten. In the main building, you can appreciate modern Japanese paintings by masters, including Yokoyama Taikan, while the annex offers the opportunity to enjoy the originality of contemporary Japanese paintings. Guests can see the historical flow of Japanese paintings from early-modern to more recent times by experiencing both the main building and the annex.
Kawai Kanjiro was a famous potter born in Yasugi City, and was also an accomplished poet. Kitaoji Rosanjin developed his talents in Japanese calligraphy, seal curving, painting, ceramic Works, lacquerware and metal works. With this wide range of skills, he built up a comprehensive collection of aesthetic art. The Adachi Museum of Art houses about 200 works by Kanjiro and 260 works by Rosanjin, including great masterpieces produced from their early to late lives. This exhibition hall was completed in 1988. We change the displayed works four times a year, regularly exhibiting about 50 works.
Pictures for Children
This corner displays pictures for children by painters who were popular among boys and girls from the Taisho to the Showa Era. The painters flourished in magazines for children, such as Kodomo-No-Kuni (World of Children) and Kinder Book, published at that time.
The Adachi Museum of Art is located one hour outside of Matsue: Take a train from Matsue Station to Yasugi Station (20 minutes, 410 yen by local or rapid train, covered by the Japan Pail Pass). Limited express trains from Okayama also stop at Yasugi Station before continuing to Matsue.
Free Shuttle Buses depart from JR Yasugi Station.
The Shuttle Bus carries 28 passengers max.
We may have to refuse boarding if the bus is full. (Seats are on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations are not possible.)
The bus may be late due to traffic conditions.