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Published on 06.01.2016
Welcome to the World of Great Artistic Gardens, the Adachi Museum of Art. The Adachi Museum of Art is best known for its award winning gardens not just in Japan but also in Western countries. It is the home to the best Japanese gardens nationwide since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening. It was ranked highly by international standards: Number 1 for 13 Consecutive years as the 2015 Japanese Garden. It also received three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Located in 20 kms east of Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, the Adachi Museum of Art has a collection of over 1,500 works by different Japanese Artists. It has series of gardens covering 165, 000 square meters. It can be accessible by free shuttle bus and a 20 minute bus ride from Matsue Station at a cost of 410 yen.
The Adachi Museum of Art was founded by Adachi Zenko in 1980. He created this kind of art to combine his passion for Japanese art and garden designs. His belief of "The Japanese Garden is also a living painting" devoted himself to gardening until he died at the age of 91.
The famous six-part gardens have different styles including the Dry Landscape Garden, Moss Garden, a Tea Garden, The White Gravel and Pine Garden, the Moss Garden, and lastly the Pond Garden.
Adachi collected each of the pines and stones from all over the sides of Japan to create these beautiful gardens. These gardens are meticulously sculpted and designed. There are no stones, branches, or even leaves that are out of place. This is a great place for reflection, for thought, unwind, and meditation.
The stunning gardens can be viewed and enjoyed anytime of the year. These gardens are viewed from the museum building with different views and forms. The gardens show different character depending on the season.
How to get to Adachi Museum of Art?
The Adachi Museum of Art is only one hour outside of Matsue. Take a train from Matsue Station to Yasugi Station. It will take 20 minutes. The fare is 410 yen by local or rapid train, covered by the JR Pass). There is one free shuttle bus per hour available going to the museum (20 minutes ride). Limited express trains from Okayama also stop at the Yasugi Station before going to Matsue.
No closing hours. It is opened 9 am up to 17 pm. Entrance fee is usually 2300 yen but they offer 50% off for Foreign Visitors.
Music: "Prelude in C (BWV 846)" Kevin MacLeod (Johann Sebastian Bach) (Attribution 3.0)
Source: Japan Travel