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It is said that there are as many as 3,000 islands in the Seto Inland Sea facing Hiroshima prefecture. Shimokamagari-jima, one of those islands is also called “a garden island” for its beautiful scenery. The most popular spot in this island is Rantoukaku Museum. The building is made from cypress and has a stately appearance. There are about 2,200 collections including Japanese paintings and oil paintings. In the neighborhood, there is a facility called Shotoen that exhibits Edo-era Imari ware and lighting devices.
- 200-1 Sannose, Shimokamagari-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima
- Contact No.
- From JR Kure station, take Setouchisanko bus bound for Kamagari or Toyoshima. Ride for 23 minutes and get off at the bus stop Sannose. Walk for 5 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Tuesday (the next day when it falls on a holiday)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Rantoukaku Museum: adults 500 yen, high school students 300 yen, elementary school, junior high school students 200 yen (special exhibitions are charged separately); Hakuseturou: adults 400 yen, high school students 240 yen, elementary school, junior high school students 160 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Focus on Modern Paintings in Japan
The main building of the museum has exhibits of works by Taikan Yokoyama, Heihachiro Fukuda, and Kunzo Minami, artists who represent modern paintings in Japan. Art work by local artists is also exhibited. There are various artworks such as Japanese paintings, oil paintings, prints, and sketches. The annex has the permanent exhibition of works by Manjiro Terauchi, an oil painter.
Scenery of Seto from the Annex
The annex stands on a hill and has a view of Kamagari Bridge and the streets of Seto. It is a precious chance that you can feel the blessings of the richness of nature and also see works inspired by it. You will also learn that Japanese art has been heavily influenced by nature.
Hakusetsurou is a building relocated and rebuild at the present place in the late Edo period. The first floor is a Japanese room with movable walls. It is a valuable style of architecture that we rarely have chances to see these days. Green tea is served in the Japanese room; so you can relax as you take a sip.