Okayama Museum Guide

The museums of Okayama are concentrated around Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle, and are all located within a ten minute walk from either location.

Art:

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 Information: 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 Information: 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 Information: 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.

History:

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 Information: 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 Information: 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.

Ratings:    best of Japan    outstanding

Get There and Around

The museums are all in the vicinity of Korakuen and the castle. This area is about 1.5 kilometers east of Okayama Station, and can be reached by taking frequently departing trams on the Higashiyama Line to either Shiroshita stop (5 minutes, 100 yen) or Kenchodori stop (5 minutes, 100 yen).

Alternatively, the museums can be reached from Okayama Station by bus. The following bus stops are located nearby the corresponding museums: Kencho-mae for the Hayashibara Museum of Art (10 minutes, 120 yen), Bijutsukan-mae for the Orient Museum and Prefectural Museum of Art (10 minutes, 120 yen), Korakuen-mae for the Okayama Prefectural Museum (15 minutes, 140 yen), and Horaibashi Yumeji Bijutsukan-mae for the Yumeji Art Museum (15 minutes, 140 yen).

How to get to and around Okayama

Last updated: January 30, 2015
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