Okayama Museum Guide

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).
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