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The Adachi Museum of Art in Matsue, Shimane is a museum known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. Founded in 1980 by Adachi Zenko, the museum was created with the belief that a Japanese garden should be seen as a living painting. The museum features renowned works of art by famous Japanese artists, including the painter Taikan. There is a collection of nearly 1,300 Twentieth century paintings and artwork which are rotated seasonally. There are also paintings and ceramics exhibitions covering this expansive 165,000 square-meter museum. Enjoy the works from Yokoyama Taikan, one of the founders of the Nihonga style of painting. His works, as well as other well-established Nihonga painters like Takeuchi Seiho, Hashimoto Kansetsu, and Sakakibara Shiho can be enjoyed from the museum grounds.
The large garden is split into six smaller gardens that can only be viewed from inside the museum. Each garden has a distinctive feel while balancing perfectly with one another. Explore the Dry Landscape Garden, Moss Garden, The White Gravel and Pine Garden, Pond Garden, Kikaku Waterfall, and Live Garden grounds while here. The museum has two cafes and a tea-house, each overlooking different gardens in the museum. Unwind with a relaxing cup of tea and find your zen while staring off into the relaxing scenery. These award winning gardens are so well revered, they have been named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the
Journal of Japanese Gardening and has been awarded the top rating of three stars in Michelin Green Guide Japan. If you're a fan of classic art or Japanese gardens, adding the Adachi Museum of Art to the end of your Japan tour is the perfect way to close out your vacation. You can also customize your own Japan tour package with our Private tour option to explore all there is to explore in Shimane!
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