Art & Design
Japan's oldest private museum of Western art, the Ohara Museum of Art is a striking structure, as a Greek-inspired building tucked behind a lush plant-covered stone wall. With artists such as Monet and Gauguin in its collection, this art space offers special exhibitions in the main museum building, a garden area, and shows off new artist works throughout the year in the smaller buildings.
Take either the JR Sanyo Line or the JR Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kurashiki Station. It is about a 15-minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station to the museum.
This privately owned museum holds an extensive collection of both Japanese and Western sculptures and paintings from world-famous artists such as Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky, Gauguin, and Warhol, to name a few. One of the pieces that takes up the entire wall on the second floor is by Leon Frederic and will have you mesmerized with its enormity and complexity.
At the end of your art tour, you can stop by the museum shop to purchase postcards, art books, tote bags, and other art-inspired products. A quaint coffee shop called El Greco, where you can relax and be refreshed, is next to the Ohara Museum of Art.