Torajiro Kojima was influenced by the art of the great impressionists of Europe

Nariwa Museum of Fine Arts

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura


The Takahashi City Nariwa Museum of Fine Arts, popularly known as the Nariwa Museum first opened in 1953 and has since expanded over the years. The work of the Nariwa-born impressionist painter Torajiro Kojima was the inspiration for the museum’s creation and his paintings dominate its collection.

Kojima was influenced by the art of the great impressionists of Europe and with the support of Kurashiki City’s prominent Ohara family, continued his studies there during the late Meiji era.

The structure that houses the museum was designed by the internationally acclaimed self-taught architect Tadao Ando. It is a prime example of the kinds of structures that he designs as its concrete lines blend into the surrounding landscape.

Located in a beautiful natural environment, the museum could seen as part of an international trend to establish centers of art appreciation outside of urban areas.

The museum has seating on its terrace and interior garden from which you can appreciate the spiritual quality of the building and the environment in which it is set. There is also a cafe and a gift shop on the premises.

Open from 9:30am to 5:00pm, entrance is allowed until 4:30pm. General admission is 500 JPY with reduced ticket prices for children. Yearly passes are available for 3000 JPY.



Takahashi City is a small municipality along the Takahashi River and is notable for is historic buildings and wonderful townscape. The standout structure of he city is Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, which is located high in the mountains. There are also former samurai residences, a temple and a historic church.

Nariwa Town is part of Takahashi City and is about a twenty minute bus ride away. Although the city center has a lot to offer there is much to see in the surrounding towns and villages. Nariwa is a quiet old town with a landscape that is stunning at any time of the year.


Access: From JR Okayama Station, take the JR Hakubi Line to JR BitchuTakahashi Station. Take the Bihoku Bus to the museum (about a 20 minute ride).


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