Otsuka Museum of Art   大塚国際美術館

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A true to size reproduction of the Sistine Chapel at Otsuka Museum of At

A gallery in Otsuka Museum of Art

Reproduced masterpieces

With more than 1,000 life-size replications of well-known masterpieces of Western art from antiquity to the twentieth century, Otsuka Art Museum is Japan's largest museum. It's located at the eastern tip of the island of Shikoku, and brings together classics by Michelangelo, Monet and Picasso.

Entrance to Otsuka Museum of Art

Preserving history

Otsuka Museum of Art is the first museum exhibiting full-size ceramic board reproductions of artwork. More than 1,000 classic Western pieces of art are displayed in an immense space of almost 30,000m2.

It's in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture, that you can admire the greatest masterpieces from ancient times to the 20th century. The essential masterpieces of Western art have been carefully selected from almost 200 museums in 26 different countries.

The primary purpose of the museum is conservation. While the original works of art are subject to the test of time and may deteriorate, the ceramic reproductions will remain intact for over 2,000 years! The replicas will keep their vibrant color and shape, and having a copy helps preserve the world's history of cultural treasures in case the original is ever damaged or destroyed.

An incredible collection

The works are displayed according to the time period. Your visit starts in the third basement and you will travel through the centuries as you go up the floors.

  • First of all are the pieces from ancient history to the Middle Ages, as well as a life-size reproduction of the Sistine Chapel!
  • The second basement is dedicated to Renaissance and Baroque artists. There is obviously a copy of the Mona Lisa, but it's the exhibition of "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet outdoors that is especially impressive. It's recommended to take a break at the museum's "Cafe de Giverny", named after the French painter's former home, to fully appreciate the artist's world.

A self-portrait by Rembrandt

The Scream - Edvard Munch

  • In the first basement, you will find works from the end of the Baroque period, the romantics with the famous work of Eugène Delacroix "Liberty leading the people" (1830), but also modern art represented by the impressionists. Among the French artists on display, there are of course Edouard Manet and Auguste Renoir, symbols of the Impressionist movement. The famous painting "The Scream" (1893) by Edvard Munch is also present.
  • The two top floors include the classics of the 20th century and themed exhibitions. This is also where you can eat, and there's direct access to the park for a walk. Landmarks that have marked the history of art conclude your visit, among them Picasso's Guernica and an entire room of self-portraits by Rembrandt.

An incredible setting

As Japan's largest museum, to enjoy all the reproductions exhibited at Otsuka Museum of Art, you have to walk more than 4 kilometers! But it's not only the works of art that should be admired, since Naruto itself also offers plenty to its visitors.

Naruto Park overlooks the strait of the same name that separates Shikoku and Awaji Island. Viewpoints offer views of the whirlpools between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean and the suspension bridge. Take a walk to fully appreciate the beauty of the region.

Naruto whirlpools seen from the Naruto bridge

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