These Modern Art Museums in Japan Will Give You Taste of Asian Art Culture

Make sure to add these to your itinerary!

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
7/F - 8/F Riverain Center Building, 3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Contact: +81-92-263-1100
Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum is closed on Wednesdays, year-end, and New Year’s holidays. If the Wednesday falls on a holiday, then it is closed on the next weekday.

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
is the only specialized museum in the world that exhibits modern Asian artworks. It displays them along with 2, 900 pieces of art from 23 different countries and regions.

The museum serves as a place of commerce for artists and researchers who want to learn about Asian art culture. They help each other by exchanging information about projects and Asian artworks.

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is located at the center of Fukuoka City. It is on the 7th and 8th floor of the Hakata Riverain Center Building.

The colorful and cute designs on this large wall at the museum attract a lot of people.

The building was renewed last March 31, 2018. At the entrance on the first floor,
Already have the best” by Bu Hua greets the visitors. You can try searching for Fukuoka’s famous items such as the seasoned cod roe and Fukuoka tower in the artworks.

Spend some quiet time alone reading a book at the museum’s library. Note that eating and drinking are allowed in their café area, but only drinking is allowed in the library space.

On the seventh floor,
Art Café houses about 10,000 books on Asia and the arts. You can enjoy Asian coffee prepared by Iena Coffee as well as sweets and snacks that include ingredients from Kyushu. There, you can read books and enjoy your leisure time while watching the town of Hakata or viewing the artworks.

Fukuoka Prefectural Museum
5-2-1 Tenjin, Chuo District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka (Inside Suzaki park)
Contact: +81-92-715-3551
The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the other hand, the museum library is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while the café is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum is closed on Mondays. If the Monday falls on a holiday, then it is closed on the next weekday.

Fukuoka Prefectural Museum is located inside Suzaki Park. It was formerly known as the Fukuoka Prefecture Culture Center in 1964 and only became the building that it is today in 1985.

The modern exterior of the Fukuoka Prefectural Museum is surrounded by Suzaki Park’s nature.


The museum attempts to spread art by collecting the artworks of artists from Fukuoka, displaying them, holding exhibits and workshops, and featuring them in public relations magazines.

Check out the exhibition schedule to know the currently featured artworks of artists from Fukuoka.

At the museum, you can find about 30,000 books on art. The library, high vision gallery, and café terrace make for nice places to spend your time enjoying the artworks.

The green plants by the windows contribute to the café’s relaxing atmosphere.

The museum has a café terrace where you can have your fill while looking at the oasis at the center of Fukuoka City. There, you can admire the green plants near the café’s large glass walls.

The café also serves “Blend Coffee” (¥388) and “Chicken Curry” (¥864), which you can enjoy with your friends and family after looking at the artworks.

Kitakyushu Manga Museum
5/F & 6/F Aru Aru City, 2-14-5 Asano, Kokurakita District, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
Contact: +81-93-512-5077
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during August. It is also open every day from July 21 to August 31.
The museum is closed on Tuesdays, year-end, New Year, and on conditioning days. If Tuesday falls on a holiday, then it is closed the following day.

Kitakyushu Manga Museum is a place that Leiji Matsumoto, the director of this museum and a manga artist from Kitakyushu, set up. There is a corner in the museum where you can read different genres of manga, participate in workshops, and view the exhibitions.

The “Manga Time Tunnel” highlights the most popular manga from 1945 to the present.

You can take pictures together with the large Captain Herlock at the entrance.

Oita Prefectural Art Museum OPAM
2-1 Kotobuki-Machi, Oita City, Oita
Contact: +81-97-533-4500
Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM) opened in the center of Oita City last April 2015. The museum features art which can both be enjoyed by children and adults. In addition to this, there are also cafés and museum shops located inside the museum. The museum conducts lots of interesting workshops too, that require you to use your body and senses.

The “Eurasian Garden” by Marcel Wanders is located at the atrium on the first floor.

Modern artworks, designed like swimming pools, are also displayed at the atrium on the first floor.


Yoh Shomei Aso Highland Museum
5988-20 Kawayou, Aso-mura, Aso District, Kumamoto Prefecture
Contact: +81-967-67-2719
Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Yoh Shomei Aso Highland Museum
is located on a hill of Minami-aso and has original drawings and poems of Yoh Shomei, a picture book author from Kumamoto.

Near the museum, there is a walking course that looks like a world out of a picture book. It is surrounded by gardens and hills that are named after the author’s book characters.

You’ll feel like you’re in a picture book at “Jake’s Hill”.

The original drawings featured change according to the season. You can purchase character goods, picture books, and poetry books at the museum.

Provided by Japan Walker™
, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (31 July 2018)

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