Ariake Museum of Art

Japanese name: Ariake Bijutsukan (有明美術館)

At first glance, it seemed as though the artwork this museum lacked a common theme. However, after talking with the owners, I discovered the theme: Artwork with a message. Today, many people enjoy art but often quickly forget about it once they return to their daily lives. The owners of this museum dislike this trend and wanted to form a collection of artwork which would make people stop and think twice about what they are looking at. The personal collection of artworks offers glimpses of everything from tragic disease and political satire to the beauty of the human form.

The museum itself is a beautiful wooden house which was built specifically to house the owners’ art collection. There is a small café where visitors can sit and contemplate the artwork over a cup of coffee.

Museum Hotaka Hot Springs Area
30 minute bike ride from JR Hotaka Station / 40 minute walk from JR Azumi-Oiwake Station
10 minute taxi ride from JR Ariake Station / 15 minute taxi ride from JR Hotaka Station,
20 minute drive from the Azumino Interchange
7402-5 Hotaka Ariake
Adult: ¥700
Visitor with disability and up to one companion: ¥500
*Fees may change for special exhibitions
9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Apr - Oct)
10 a.m.–4 p.m.(Mar and Nov)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays (open holidays)