While most visitors undoubtedly come to Ikaho for its famous hot springs, the town also hosts a variety of interesting art museums that tourists might enjoy. Most are in the lower town area within a short walk of the bottom of the stone steps.

Takehisa Yumeji Memorial Museum

10 minute walk from the base of the stone steps
Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from December to February)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1800 yen
This museum spans multiple atmospheric buildings and exhibits a collection of artwork by the turn of the century painter, Takehisa Yumeji, who was born in Okayama, but visited Ikaho several times. The museum also displays a few large, antique music boxes from around the world, which are played several times daily. A selection of Taisho and Meiji era glasswork is displayed in a separate building.

Hoshina Art Museum

10 minute walk from the base of the stone steps
Hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1000 yen (800 yen with coupon)
The Hoshina Art Museum displays a variety of art by Japanese artists including modern paintings, art nouveau glasswork, and a collection of Takehisa Yumeji artwork. The museum also offers visitors a hot spring foot bath and a cafe with views out over the surrounding mountains.

Hara Museum ARC

On the grounds of Ikaho Green Bokujo
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Thursdays, between exhibitions, Jan 1 and from mid Jan to mid Mar
Admission: 1100 yen (museum only), 1800 yen (museum and Green Bokujo)
The Hara Museum ARC is the annex to the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Like its parent museum, the Hara Museum ARC displays a rotating exhibition of contemporary art by both Japanese and foreign artists. Most of the artwork is displayed in the museum's indoor exhibition spaces, although artwork may be found outside around the museum grounds as well.

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