Chosen from among Japan’s top 100 streets, this tree-lined boulevard paved with red bricks has 17 sculptures dotted along the way. It’s an area loved by locals as a calm walking course.
It is also a popular place as a sightseeing course where you can tour the Yamato Museum, as well as the Marine Self Defense Kure District Headquarters on foot.
As you climb up the slope of the red brick-paved tree-lined street, on the left hand side you’ll see the Kure Municipal Museum of Arts.
With an exterior that includes a traditional Japanese tiled roof, the art museum covered with red hexagon-shaped tiles is splendidly in harmony with the street of sculptures and the surrounding greenery.
As you enter the museum, you’ll be welcomed by a large-scale work, “Hercules Archer” by Antoine Bourdelle.
Also, starting from Renoir’s “Young Girl in a Straw Hat”, the museum’s collection includes 861 works by well-known domestic and international artists. The works are shown at museum exhibitions 4 times per year, and at several other special exhibitions throughout the year.
At the time this article was written (May 31st, 2015), a special exhibition was being held with the theme: “Rosanjin no Uchuu” (‘Rosanjin’s Space’). Including ceramics, the exhibition displayed 85 works from the leading Japanese Rosanjin collections.
When the special exhibition is in session, ceramics workshops as well as other workshops based on the theme are held, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
This is our most recommended spot in Kure. You’ll feel healed just by gazing at the tree-lined street leading to the art museum and the greenery within its grounds.
Kure Municipal Museum of Arts
Address: Saiwai-cho, Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture (located within the Irifuneyama Park)
HP: http://www.kure-bi.jp/ (Japanese)
Closed: Tuesdays (If Tuesday is a national holiday, the museum is closed the following day), New Year’s holidays – December 29th through January 3rd
Access: 13-minutes walk from JR Kure Station
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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