JAPAN 2023 Art+Temples+Shrines

Hello Fellow Travellers!

I hope you enjoy the following links and short videos about the art & cultural destinations we will be visiting in May. We can catch up on background information as we travel – wherever we have wifi: in our hotels and on the Shinkansen trains.


The Meiji Shrine  is our first ‘cultural’ destination. This link includes a very useful map showing the shrine’s proximity to our hotel and other places we will be visiting.


Tokyo Art Museums: we are visiting four very different museums. These links and short videos provide insights into the exhibitions and places we will see.

At the Yayoi Kusama Museum:About Yayoi Kusama

The Ota Memorial Museum specialises in woodblock prints from the Edo and Meiji periods. The May exhibition is yet to be announced.

Ukiyo-e : Japanese woodblock printing | KimuraKami

At the The Nezu Museum: National Treasure Iris Screen Painting by Ogata Korin, 18th Century

High Resolution Detail. Right screen of the National Treasure 'Irises'  (18th century) by Ogata Korin - Nezu Museum. Japan | Peinture, Fleurs

The Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo is staging a special exhibition in May: The Hokusai Birdpark

すみだ北斎美術館 - The Hokusai Bird Park        30 Hokusai's Birds & Flowers ideas | hokusai, katsushika hokusai, ukiyoe    

Kanazawa Art Museums: in Japan we should also think of gardens, shrines and temples as places of artistic expression because NATURE, in particular, the seasons, inform all aspects of Japanese culture.

At the Kenrokuen Castle Garden in Kanazawa we will discover the essence of Japanese garden design: the Garden

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa is an exciting art space and city concept.


Outdoor beauty in and around Hiroshima: Miyajima is most famous for its giant orange Torii Gate, which has recently been restored. The whole island is a scenic delight. If the weather is pleasant, we may wish to linger on Miyajima: there are cafes, shops, a museum, places to sit and compose haiku, and a mountain to climb.

The Children’s Monument at Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima

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Orizuru Tower Lookout: designed by Hiroshi Sambuichi

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Kyoto Art & Cultural Highlights: The Netsuke Museum was originally a Samurai House, replete with folding hand-painted screens, books of poetry and a window looking out onto an immaculate, miniature ‘world-view’ garden.       

Netsuke Museum Kyoto 1

This Zen Temple in Kyoto, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Japan: The Silver Pavilion and Gardens

Because of crowds, the Geisha District in Kyoto is best explored in pairs or small groups: Geisha District of Gion.

There is another district in Kyoto, Pontocho Alley, which comes alive at night, a lovely place for exploring and dinner.

Anyone Can Enter! 6 Inviting Restaurants at Ponto-cho (Hanamachi, Kyoto) |  tsunagu Japan

The  Miho Museum designed by IM Pei is a 40 mins drive out of Kyoto and remarkable as much for its architecture and location as its art collection. Wonderful audio guide.