Art & Design
Idemitsu Museum of Arts 出光美術館（門司）
The Kitakyushu branch of the famed Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Tokyo
In 2000, a branch of Tokyo's Idemitsu Museum of Arts opened in a stylish building in Kitakyushu's Moji Port Retro area. The Kitakyushu museum displays a subset of the collection owned by the main museum.
How to Get There
You can reach the museum by train and a short walk.
The museum is an eight-minute walk from Mojiko Station, which is a 13-minute train ride from Kokura Station.
History of the Idemitsu Museum of Arts
The Idemitsu Museum of Arts was founded in Tokyo in 1966 to host the vast private art collection of Sazo Idemitsu, the founder of the Japanese petroleum company Idemitsu Kosan.
A wide variety of paintings in the museum
Items exhibited in the museum include Yamato-e paintings (paintings on traditional Japanese themes); Chinese paintings; “genre” paintings depicting people's everyday lives, which were in vogue from the latter half of the 16th century; and ukiyo-e paintings created from woodblock prints.
Other art works on show
Also included are works of calligraphy and ceramics from Japan, Korea, and China. Some of the items within the collections have been designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.
New exhibitions are staged at the museum approximately every two months.