Shikoku Sights



Otsuka Kokusai Bijutsukan (Otsuka Museum of Art)

Otsuka Kokusai Bijutsukan (Otsuka Museum of Art) Review

On a boardwalk that rings the coastline, this museum is both impressive and bemusing at the same time. The creators of the Otsuka Museum of Art, not suffering from a lack of ambition, aimed to create "the world's first and only ceramic art museum, both technically and philosophically." Following this bold philosophy, they reproduced more than 1,000 masterpieces of Western art on ceramic panels. The idea is that, while Guernica or the Sistene Chapel may fade with time, their ceramic reproductions will live on in Tokushima. Exhibits are arranged by era, from antiquity to modern times, and it's all there, from a Pompeii banquet scene to Rembrant's self-portraits. It's a bit overwhelming, but certainly not forgettable.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 65–1 Aza Tosadomari-ura Fukuike, near Naruto Whirlpools Naruto-cho, Tokushima, 772-0053
  • Phone: 088/687–3737
  • Cost: ¥3,150
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 9:30–5; last entry at 4
  • Website:
  • Location: Tokushima
Updated: 09-20-2013

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