Yokosuka Museum of art

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Yokosuka museum of art


Due to unforeseen circumstances, my original itinerary in Japan was altered at the last minute, and I had to go alone without my travel companion and cancelled all the pre-booked accommodations.

Fortunately, I managed to rebook my entire trip one day before my departure; and a few days later, I found myself spending the weekend in the suburbs of Yokosuka, a military port about an hour from Tokyo.

I had found a pleasant and tranquil accommodation via Airbnb, but it was situated in the middle of nowhere with an infrequent bus service and no shops nor restaurants nearby. I did not want to go to the city centre, instead I decided to visit Yokosuka Museum of Art, a sea-front contemporary art museum located within the Kannonzaki Park.

After 45 minutes of walking (to the nearest train station), 2 train journeys and a bus ride later, I finally found myself standing outside of the museum (don't ever judge the distance from a map, because it can be very misleading)!


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The breathtaking architecture and setting are the highlights of this museum. Since it is located an hour outside of Tokyo and not easily reached by public transport, therefore, it is not frequently visited by foreign tourists.

The museum was designed by Japanese architect Riken Yamamoto in 2007, and it is one of most stunning contemporary art museums that I have come across. Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside, it is a shame because the exhibition area (located in the basement) is as enthralling as the exterior.

All the natural light reaches the exhibition area from the side and skyline circular windows, which create a playful effect and at the same time brighten up the area. There is also a set of spiral staircase that brings visitors to the rooftop, where they can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay. The indoor observation deck is called the "Lover's Sanctuary project".


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And outside of the deck, visitors can wander around the rooftop and hike up to the hill behind the museum.


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After visiting the museum, I decided to take a stroll along the seafront towards the Kannonzaki lighthouse. There were almost no tourists, and the area was quiet and peaceful.

Opposite the museum is Spasso, a Japanese spa or onsen with indoor and outdoor hot spring facing the sea. After about two hours at the onsen, I felt relaxed, revitalised and ready to head back.


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I enjoyed spending the weekend in the rural area, even though there was no sights nor 'entertainment' nearby, it allowed me to slow down and get away from all the hustle and bustle in Tokyo. If I have the time, I would certainly try to explore more rural parts of Japan on my next trip, because it provides an authentic insight into understanding how the local Japanese live and work.


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