community-forum community-penpal community-userReports destinations-admission destinations-beenThere-outline destinations-beenThere-solid destinations-city_outline destinations-city_solid destinations-closedDays destinations-date destinations-getThere destinations-hotels destinations-hoursFees destinations-itineraries-3 destinations-links destinations-nearbySpots destinations-pin-simple-outline destinations-pin-simple destinations-sortBy-dots destinations-thumbsUp destinations-tours destinations-town destinations-wishlist-heart-outline destinations-wishlist-heart-solid interests-agriculture interests-amusementParks interests-beaches interests-castles interests-city_solid interests-contemporaryArt interests-events interests-festivals interests-flowers interests-foodDrink interests-gardens interests-hiking interests-historicSites interests-industry interests-koyo-single interests-koyo interests-mangaAnime interests-museums interests-nature interests-onsen interests-parks interests-pottery interests-sakura-single interests-sakura interests-scenicRides interests-shopping interests-shrines interests-skiing interests-snow interests-sumo interests-temples interests-traditionalArts interests-traditionalTheater interests-viewpoints interests-volcanoes interests-wildlife interests-winterIlluminations news-section planning-section planning-tickets-2 planning-transportation-access planning-transportation-bicycle planning-transportation-boat-2 planning-transportation-boat planning-transportation-bus planning-transportation-car planning-transportation-plane planning-transportation-shinkansen planning-transportation-tickets planning-transportation-train planning-transportation-walk shapes-chevron-down shapes-circle shapes-star social-fb social-gplus social-instagram social-twitter ui-alert-construction ui-alert-warning ui-calendar ui-date ui-globe ui-lightbulb ui-no_entry ui-ok ui-pencil ui-reverse ui-search ui-time ui-x user-avatar

Central Okayama

Central Okayama's museums are all located near the Korakuen and the castle and are easily reached from the station using the city's trams (see map below).

Prefectural Museum of Art

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
December 28 to January 4, and irregular closures between exhibitions
Admission: 350 yen
English: None
The Prefectural Museum of Art is rather large, and the building and display rooms are attractive. The collection focuses on artists with a connection to Okayama Prefecture, and the museum also features temporary exhibitions.

Hayashibara Museum of Art

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
New Year holidays and irregular closures between exhibitions
Admission: 500 yen (possible additional fee for special exhibitions)
English: Minimal
The museum is located in a former guesthouse of Okayama Castle, and is rather small. It was founded by the Hayashibara family, the owners of a successful local business. The collection focuses on Japanese arts such as folding screens, kimono, pottery and swords.

Yumeji Art Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 28 to January 1
Admission: 700 yen
English: Minimal
Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) was born in Okayama Prefecture, and the Yumeji Art Museum was built to celebrate the centenary of his birth. Yumeji developed the Art Nouveau style in Japan at the turn of the century, and the small museum displays various examples of his work, such as its use on songbooks, cards, and other items.

Okayama Prefectural Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (April to September)
9:30 to 17:00 (October to March)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
New Year holidays and irregular closures between exhibitions
Admission: 250 yen (possible additional fee for special exhibitions)
English: Minimal
The Okayama Prefectural Museum outlines the history and development of the Okayama region, from prehistory to the end of the feudal age. There is a focus on the regional specialties of Okayama, namely sword making and pottery.

Orient Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
New Year holidays and irregular closures between exhibitions
Admission: 300 yen (possible additional fee for special exhibitions)
English: Minimal
This medium sized museum developed out of a personal collection of historical and artistic artifacts from the Orient, including pieces from the Middle East and Ancient Persia. The museum also has frequent temporary exhibitions, during which time the permanent exhibition is not displayed.

Bizen City

A couple more, interesting museums are located in Bizen City, a 40 minute train ride east of Okayama City on the JR Ako Line.

Bizen Pottery Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission: 500 yen
English: Minimal (English pamphlet available)
This museum, located just next to Imbe Station on the JR Ako Line, showcases a selection of local Bizen pottery from different eras, dating back from as early as the Nara Period to contemporary pieces by modern artists. The museum is split over multiple floors with each area concentrating on a different theme including pottery crafted by living national treasures.

Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen
English: Minimal (English pamphlet available)
A 20 minute walk west of Kagato Station on the JR Ako Line, this museum showcases a myriad of Japanese swords. Exhibitions show the history of Japanese swords and the various stages involved in making them. The complex also contains several workshops in which visitors can view the process of creating a sword on selected days. On selected Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can also parttake in hands-on activities (advance reservations required).

Access

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: December 19, 2016