North by northwest: Adachi Museum of Art, Shimane
Adachi Museum of Art
The entrance fee is quite expensive to compare with other museums.
Almost the same (or higher) price as Vatican Museums.
It’s 2300 yen (about 20 US dollars!) for an adult as of February 2015.
I know it costs a lot to keep the garden (and art), but I still feel the ticket fee is very high.
How to get there
Adachi Museum of Art is not very far from Sakaiminato, although they are located in different prefectures, Shimane and Tottori.
Shimane and Tottori are neighbouring prefectures and Adachi Museum of Art is near the border of Tottori.
From Okayama station, take a limited express train on “Hakubi Line” to get to “Yasugi”. (About 2 hours and 20 min.)
Or, take an express bus from Okayama to Yonago.
It runs 7 times per day and costs cheaper than train.
It takes about 2 hours and a half.
Then take a local train to “Yasugi” (one stop from “Yonago”).
From “Yasugi” station, there is a free shuttle bus to the museum.
Also, from “Yonago” station, there is a free shuttle bus, but only twice a day.
For more details, see the official site.
What to see
You may wonder “What else to see apart from the art in the museum of art?”
Actually, this museum is widely known probably not because of its collections of art but its Japanese garden.
According to the official website, the museum was established by a local, Zenkou Adachi in 1970 when he was 71 years old.
(The museum locates at his birthplace.)
He loved works by a very famous Japanese painter Taikan Yokoyama especially and collected them.
It seems that the museum is also known for its vast collections of Taikan’s works, but I didn’t know that.
I visited there because I saw articles about the museum’s garden on the newspaper several times.
The garden has been chosen as “The No. 1 Japanese Garden” by “Sukiya Living / The Journal of Japanese Gardening”, an American magazine of Japanese garden for 12 years consecutively.
So, it was a huge disappointment when I found that it was not allowed to walk in the garden.
All I could do is to view it from the museum building.
Most of the photos I took are from connecting corridors if I remember right.
I couldn’t find any details about its history or its designer.
Maybe the founder Adachi designed it, for he loved gardening very much.
He looked at the garden in the morning and evening, and whenever he felt something odd, he called and instructed the gardener to fix it up.
As I said above, to see the garden was my main purpose, so I expected almost nothing about artworks when I went there.
I’m not a connoisseur of art, nor very keen on it.
However, I was strongly attracted to paints of quite lovely animals by Kansetsu Hashimoto.
I’ve never heard of his name before.
There were several other paints of very cute animals.
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