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MOA美術館 MOA Museum of Art

  • Art museums / Galleries
  • Around Atami and Izu
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Around Atami and Izu
26-2 Momoyamacho, Atami-shi, Shizuoka 413-0006, Japan
  • Art museums / Galleries
Opening Hours
9:30-16:30 (Reception closing 16:00)
Date of post:2015/07/10

The beauty of excellent works of art

  • Arts

This private museum stands in Atami city, on the eastern side of the Izu peninsula, Shizuoka prefecture. It is located on the small hill, overlooking the Sagami bay, Hatsushima and Oshima islands.

It was established by the Mokichi OKADA Association (MOA) in 1982, under the founder’s strong belief, “Excellent works of art should not be monopolized by their owners, but enjoyed by many people in order to inspire human sentiment and contribute to cultural development”. To realize his belief this museum also promotes flower arrangement, stage performances of tea ceremonies and creative activities for children.

The main collection contains 3,500 works of Japanese and Oriental arts. The genres range widely from paintings, calligraphy and sculptures to crafts including three National Treasures and 65 Important Cultural Assets. It also exhibits works by Claude Monet and Henry Moore. I especially recommend viewing Korin OGATA's Red and White Plum Blossoms Screens, which are opened to the public in February so that visitors can enjoy them with fragrant blossoms in the garden.

The MOA Museum of Art holds a Noh theater, a replica of Hideyoshi’s Golden Tearoom, a restaurant and shops inside. When you have finished appreciating these outstanding works, let’s go out of the building. Going through a bamboo pathway, you will see the Ippaku-an Tea House, Korin’s residence rebuilt based on his drawings. How about a cup of green tea in the museum tea garden, enjoying the panoramic view?

Since Atami is one of the most popular hot spring resorts, I recommend staying one night, bathing in the open air bath and tasting fresh seafood caught along the seashore of the Izu peninsula. You can extend your journey to other famous hot spring resorts, Ito by JR Ito line and Shimoda by Izukyu line from Ito.

This tour promises you a spiritually rich time in the world of art and relaxation in hot spring resorts.

・¥1600 (Adult)
・¥800 (Senior and junior high school students)
・Free of charge (Elementary students or younger)
Access to The MOA Museum of Art
・Izu Tokai bus service from JR Atami station (8min)
・Taxi from JR Atami station, Tokaido shinkansen or Tokaido main line (5 min)

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