Japanese and Western fine art

Shimane Art Museum

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The Shimane Art Museum has an impressive collection of both Japanese and Western fine art. Besides being an art repository, the museum holds regular events, concerts, workshops, lectures and special exhibitions.

Located at the heart of Matsue City’s cultural and historical zone along the shores of Lake Shinji, the view alone from this modern structure is worth the trip. The main attraction is the art, which represents not only the region’s best talent, but also incorporates some of the finest work across Japan and the rest of the world.

Among the pieces by Japanese artists, Hiroshige Utagawa’s ukiyo-e woodblock prints stand out in particular. The artist’s ability to capture the essence of everyday life and express mood through color was later taken up by European impressionist such as Van Gogh.

There are works in the collection by many of the world’s great masters such as Hokusai, Gauguin and Monet which are sure to make a lasting impression. If you have the time, try and see as much of the art as you can.

Through paintings, photographs, sketches, prints, ceramics, furniture and other decorative items, the curators have put together art that tell a wonderful story of the human experience.

Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train from JR Okayama Station to JR Matsue Station. The Shimane Art Museum is about a 15 minute walk from the station. Alternatively, take the Lakeline Sightseeing Loop Bus to the Kenritsu Bijitsukan bus stop.

About the Area

Matsue is the vibrant capital city of Shimane Prefecture that has been shaped by its feudal heritage as a castle town and its unique location on Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi and the Japan Sea. The city center is dominated by the presence of Matsue Castle and its surrounding canals. This area is also a cultural zone as it is home to museums and historic quarters. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the city is from the water and there are several cruise companies that make this possible.



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