Art & Design
Art connoisseurs who happen to pass through or stay in Tsu will certainly want to pop by the Mie Prefectural Art Museum to appreciate works by local Japanese artists, along with pieces by renowned French and Spanish masters.
The museum has a convenient location just 10 minutes on foot west from Tsu Station, which is in the central part of the city.
To reach Tsu Station, travelers coming from central Nagoya can take the Limited Express from Nagoya Kintetsu Station for 50 minutes or the JR Kisei Line from Nagoya Station for 55 minutes. If you're coming from Osaka, you can take the Kintetsu Line from Osaka Namba Station to reach the city in about 90 minutes. The local Ise Railway also serves the city. If you're coming straight from Chubu International Airport outside Nagoya, then the fastest access is a high-speed boat that will get you to the Tsu area in 45 minutes.
There are oil paintings, watercolors, bronze sculptures, and more to be found at the Mie Prefectural Art Museum. You might be surprised to know that pieces by such famous artists as Monet, Renoir, and Dali are also on display out here in Tsu.
More specifically, you'll find works from the 17th century onward by artists who were from Mie or had ties to the prefecture. There are also oil paintings from the late-19th century and later by Japanese artists and those who had a significant influence on modern Japanese art. The artworks and documents teach us the manner by which important artists went about their creative enterprises.
A memorial hall is dedicated to Yanagihara Yoshitatsu, a prominent Japanese sculpter in the years after World War II. This special exhibition features bronze sculptures, plaster casts, and drawings by the artist.
And of course there are pieces by respected masters from Europe. The works by the Spanish artists are here thanks to the sister state relationship Mie formed with the Valencia region of Spain.
If you're looking for something in particular, the museum's website has a searchable database where you can find descriptions of the pieces and, in many cases, images.