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Arts & Museums
For a museum that is rather remote, this place is extraordinary. If you are island-hopping between Hiroshima and Eihime prefectures, and find yourself on Ohmishima, then you will certainly want to consider a trip here. Almost all of the works of art are by modern Japanese painters. But the exhibits change four times a year, so you can never be sure what fine paintings you will encounter.
Shikoku Mura is a museum that is quite unique. Located with the Yashima mountain on one side, the museum is an outdoor display of structures and buildings from all over the island. Most of the exhibits are from the Edo and Meiji Periods and include structures like a lighthouse, farmhouses, a theater and more. The museum park also has an art gallery that displays art pieces from international artists. Do call for details.
Over forty thousand toys of many generations have been collected from all over Japan and are housed at the Japan Rural Toy Museum. Here, not only will you get to see some objects which will make you nostalgic but also fascinating toys from eras forgotten. A trip to this museum is like traveling down the memory lane. A definite must-visit to revive the child in you.
Located at the Ivy Square, the Orgel Musée is a one of its kind museum in Kurashiki. Here, a half-hour musical concert takes place each day, accompanied by a display of antique organs from the United States, Europe and even Japan. Call ahead to know more.
With an amazing collection of folk crafts, this museum is a major attraction in Kurashiki. Through the exhibits, which accounts to more than a thousand, this museum celebrates a spirit of art in daily-use objects and thereby talks about a rich cultural heritage of the region. The warehouse where the museum is housed also has amazing visual aesthetics. A visit to Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum will be informative and entertaining.
Established in the year 1930, the Ohara Museum of Art is known to be one of the first museum to display fine art pieces from western art world. Now the museum displays not only western, European works but also contemporary artwork by japanese artists. You can take a stroll through the different galleries here and check out paintings done in oil and water color or see the sculptures by famed artists. To know more about the place, check the website.
Kojima Torajiro Memorial Hall houses a display of paintings that have been collected by Torajiro Kojima who was an artist himself. The museum has two sections, one part of which displays artwork by some famed European artists and another has works by local painters. If you are interested in painting, it is very exciting to note the different styles that the two sets of artists who come from different countries have through these artworks. Kojima Torajiro Memorial Hall is open only on weekdays, so ensure that you plan the trip here accordingly.
A Samurai residence, a tour of the Ohashi House will give you a peek into the lifestyle of the Japanese rich and wealthy. The house belonged to a rich merchant Ohashi before his family moved out of Japan. You can take a walk through the house and explore the several room, which are adorned with all their furniture along with the cutlery. If you are interested in knowing more about the life of the ancestors in this city, a tour o the Ohashi House is a must.
Located roughly thirty minutes from central Hiroshima, the Kure Maritime Museum makes for an interesting and informative day trip. The world's largest battleship, the Yamato, was built here in the Kure Naval Dockyards, the most important naval port in the Far East. Modern and nuanced, the museum consists of three main sections. The first floor details Kure's history and evolution as one of Japan's most important arsenals, houses a collection of military hardware used in the war, including a Japanese Zero fighter, and also features an 86 foot-long model (1/10 scale) of the Yamato itself. The third floor focuses on education, including shipbuilding technology and future developments. An observation terrace is located on the fourth floor, providing a nice panorama of the shipyards. – Brent Katte