April to September 9am - 5:30pm, October to March 9am - 5pm; call ahead for information on closings around holidays
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The gardens of the Adachi Museum of Art constitute 12 acres of elegantly crafted scenery enveloping a multi-winged modern building. Views of the gardens are presented through wall openings ingeniously placed to frame certain carefully arranged scenes, creating the illusion of paintings hung on the museum walls. These are interspersed with actual works of art from the museum’s collection, giving the visitor an integrated experience of the art, buildings and landscape.
The museum was established in 1970 to exhibit the private collection of Adachi Zenyasu, and includes some 1,300 modern paintings by artists such as Yokoyama Taikan and Sakakibara Shiho, as well as ceramic works by Kawai Kanjiro and Kitaoji Rosanjin, wood sculpture and gold lacquer ware.
The four main gardens represent several styles and are known as The Dry Landscape Garden (featuring 800 red pine trees brought from the Noto Peninsula), The White Gravel and Pine Garden, The Moss Garden and The Pond Garden (with teahouse). Another garden features a reproduction of the Shokin-tei from Kyoto’s famous Katsura Imperial Villa.
The classically-shaped and intensively-pruned tamamono shrubs and pine trees will inspire envy in any gardener. The immaculate grounds and crisp, picture-perfect scenes create an almost surreal atmosphere, sometimes evoking the clean outlines and detail of a woodblock print.
In the morning mist that lies
Over Akashi Bay,
My longings follow with the ship
That vanishes behind the distant isle.
Akashi no ura no
Fune o shi zo omou.