Saga-Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture

View art in a Japanese tatami mat gallery and then gaze out on the beauty of Arashiyama and Oigawa River from the 2nd floor

Introducing the charms of Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and Japanese-style painting

Having been the only specialist museum in Japan for visitors to enjoy Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, or 100 poems by 100 poets, over the last 11 years, the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Hall Shigureden reopened on 1 November 2018 under a new name – Saga-Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture SAMAC.
From November, besides the permanent collection introducing the charm and history of the 100 poems by 100 poets in their various card game forms that are given life by dolls representing the great bards, the museum also intends to stage four annual planned exhibitions that will feature Japanese-style paintings by artists mostly related with Kyoto who lived and worked through the Edo and Meiji periods. These planned exhibitions will afford visitors the opportunity to see famous works that seldom surface in the public domain.
Also, on the 1st floor, a café with a garden view opened, serving light meals and original desserts for visitors to enjoy. And, in the museum shop, visitors are able to purchase a range of wonderful items that make perfect souvenirs relating to the exhibits on display. In addition, the museum is planning various events, including poem card games that visitors can watch and expert lectures that can be attended.

photoTatami gallery

Tatami gallery


photoExterior appearance

Exterior appearance


What is the name of the river that flows by the Saga-Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture?

Address 11 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku
TEL 075-882-1111
FAX 075-882-1103
URL https://www.samac.jp/en/
Hours 10:00~17:00
Closed Tue (following day if Nat Hol), other designated days
Adm Adults ¥900, High school students and disabled ¥500, Elementary and junior high school students ¥300,
Access A 5-min walk from Randen Arashiyama Stn/A 5-min walk from Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae Stop of City Bus

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