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Kansai’s Most Popular Art Museum Reopens on April 12

by Ferre Keira

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan pointed out that Osaka was selected to rank first in the occupancy rate of B&Bs and backpackers in 2023, making it the first choice city for independent travel in Japan. With the increased number of trips to Japan, tourists have begun to explore Japanese art itineraries in depth. Among them, the most popular Osaka Oriental Ceramics Museum is expected to reopen on April 12, 2024, triggering a pilgrimage craze.

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, will reopen on April 12, 2024, with the special exhibition “SHIN・Oriental Ceramics – MOCO Collection”. (Photo via The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka)

OSAKA, JAPAN (Merxwire) – According to a statistical report from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, Osaka ranks first in the occupancy rate of B&Bs and backpackers in 2023. Osaka is very popular among independent travelers because of its diverse culture, convenient transportation, and affordable accommodation consumption. With the increase in the number of trips to Japan, tourists no longer taste delicious food and visit scenic spots but gradually begin to explore cultural itineraries in depth, such as Japanese history and art. Many art lovers choose to travel independently and visit exhibition halls in various places. This makes “Nakanoshima,” which houses many art museums, a must-visit attraction for many aesthetic fans. Among them, The most popular, The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, is expected to reopen on April 12, 2024.

Statistics from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications show that Japan had nearly 600 million overnight tourists in 2023, including more than 110 million international tourists, an increase of almost six times compared with last year, with Tokyo having the most significant number of 42.72 million people and Osaka ranking second with 18.48 million people. The occupancy rate of simple accommodations in Osaka ranks first in the country, which shows that accommodations such as B&Bs and backpacker inns are top-rated among tourists and have become the first choice for independent travelers.

Tripadvisor’s travel information platform conducted a popularity vote for Osaka art museums and museums. Among the top 10 art museums, a total of 4 art museums are located in the Nakanoshima area. Nakanoshima is located in Kita District, Osaka City, Japan. It is a slender sandbank 3 kilometers wide from east to west. The area gathers many retro-style buildings, art galleries, and museums and has become an information exchange base for many new art creators. It is a must-visit destination for literary and artistic people.

Museum name
Area in Osaka
1The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, OsakaNorth District
2Koji Kinutani Tenku Art MuseumNorth District
3Osaka City Museum of Fine ArtTennoji District
4Fujita MuseumDudao District
5The National Museum of Art, OsakaNorth District
6Abeno Harukas Museum ArtAbeno Ward
7Sanno Art MuseumCentral District
8Nakanoshima Museum of ArtNorth District
9Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of ArtNorth District
10Yuki Museum of ArtCentral District
Tripadvisor’s travel information platform has announced the list of Osaka’s top 10 most famous art museums. (Chart via Merxwire)

Tripadvisor’s travel information platform voted the top 10 most famous art museums in Osaka, 4 of which are located in Nakanoshima, include  “The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka,” “The National Museum of Art, Osaka,” “Nakanoshima Museum of Art,” and “Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art.” Art fans can plan a day of art. The cultural itinerary, from ancient ceramics, calligraphy, ukiyo-e to contemporary art, etc., satisfies the desire for Japanese aesthetics.

“The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka” mainly collects Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ceramics. It houses 2 Japanese national treasures and 12 important cultural relics. As far as the collection of Oriental ceramics is concerned, this museum is the most Japanese in terms of quality and quantity. First, the architectural design of the museum is a highlight worth visiting. Each exhibition space adopts different natural lighting methods to create ideal lighting effects and fully display the works’ charm. The entrance is currently undergoing expansion construction and is temporarily closed for business. It is expected to reopen on April 12, 2024, and a special exhibition to commemorate the reopening will be held, expected to attract many pilgrims.

Besides, the “Nakanoshima Museum of Art,” which will only open in 2022, is also very popular with the public. It focuses on “modern and contemporary art from Osaka and the world” and displays over 6,000 collections. The exterior is based on the concept of a “black box” and combines the design of an ample atrium space with a lawn plaza. It creates a lively and open atmosphere and attracts people to easily walk in, visit, and enjoy artistic inspiration.

In addition to art museums, there are many unique private galleries in Osaka. For example, “Kasashima Gallery” mainly exhibits Taiwanese art and literary works and assists Taiwanese artists in public exhibitions in Japan. It increases opportunities for Taiwan-Japan art exchanges, helps Taiwanese creators gain exposure in Japan, and increases international visibility. Yu Le, public relations officer of Kasashima Gallery, said: Japan is an essential platform for international cultural exchanges. Assisting high-quality Taiwanese artists to exhibit in Japan allows Japanese people to appreciate Taiwanese art and allows Taiwanese creators to be seen by the world.

The Art Basel & UBS Art Market Report shows that although sales in the art market decreased in 2023, trading volume increased by 4%, showing that people in various countries attach great importance to art and culture. Whether you are a fan of art or an artist who loves creation, you should plan an art journey with this famous list of art museums to give your body, mind, and soul a feast of exotic aesthetics.

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