Use the

Planning a Trip to Japan?

Share your travel photos with us by hashtagging your images with #visitjapanjp


Traditional Folding Screens in Ekingura



HOME > Japan’s Local Treasures > Traditional Folding Screens in Ekingura


Enjoy the eerie atmosphere of the museum that displays mesmerizing masterpieces of Ekin





Akaoka is located about 40 kilometers east of the main part of Kochi Prefecture, known as the town where the famous painter Ekin settled. One of the town's prized attractions is Ekingura, an enchanting museum illuminated by candlelight, which houses a remarkable collection of Ekin's haunting screen paintings spanning his career.

Hirose Kinzo, better known as Ekin, was an incredible 19th-century ukiyo-e painter from Kochi. He converted a sake cellar into a studio and pioneered his famed Shibai-e Byōbu, the paintings on traditional folding screens. Twenty-three of his masterpieces remain in Akaoka today, safely stored inside the Ekingura. In order to preserve his artworks, the folding screens on display in this museum are replicas except for two. The intense, vivid reds used in Ekin's paintings resembled the color of blood, which was meant to prevent evil spirits from entering houses. The blood-soaked scenes writhe in the candlelight as though seeking to escape the confines of the canvas. It is an eerie, yet fascinating world, certain to send shivers down your spine.  




Every year in July, during the Ekin Festival and the Suruda Hachimangu Jinsai, the real Shibai-e Byōbu are displayed outdoors in front of merchant houses in Akaoka. The Ekin Festival is a lively event with food stalls and various activities, while the Suruda Hachimangu Jinsai is a tranquil festival that allows visitors to appreciate Ekin's works in peace.


Tosa Akaoka Ekin Festival, held annually on the third Saturday and Sunday of July



How to get there


From Kochi Ryoma Airport, take the taxi to the Ekingura (about 10 minutes).  


From Kochi Station, take the train to Akaoka Station (about 40 minutes). Ekingura is 10 minutes on foot from Akaoka Station.


538 Akaoka-cho, Konan-shi, Kochi-ken



Please Choose Your Language

Browse the JNTO site in one of multiple languages