蒔絵品も見所「足立美術館」Maki-e is also a highlight “Adachi Museum of Art”

日本の島根県にある「足立美術館」を知っていますか?Do you know the “Adachi Museum of Art” in Shimane Prefecture, Japan?


This is a museum where I went to see lacquer work on a bullet day trip when I was in Kyoto. I would like to summarize this museum based on my impressions and photographs when I went there. I hope it will be a reference for those who are going from now on.

足立美術館 Adachi Museum of Art

日本庭園日本一 The best Japanese garden in Japan



The Adachi Museum of Art may have been seen on TV as a museum famous for its gardens.

I have also seen TV program projects such as learning from a gardener at the Adachi Museum of Art for a short period of time because foreigners were fascinated by the Japanese garden.

アメリカ専門誌が決めた日本一 The best in Japan decided by an American magazine


Who decided to be the best in Japan? I think about it, it’s not the selection of Japan, but the bi-monthly magazine “Sukiya Living Magazine / Journal of Japanese Gardening”, which is an American magazine specializing in Japanese gardens.


The appeal of Japan is appreciated by foreigners. Thank you sooo much.


Even if you don’t know who is the best in Japan, the word “No. 1 in Japan” has been cut out and spread in Japan, and now it is a place with a large number of Japanese tourists.


As with Ukiyo-e, Japanese culture is supported by foreigners who appreciate it properly.

そして雑誌について少し調べてみました。And I did some research on magazines.

Sukiya Living Magazine: the Journal of Japanese Gardening

発行人 Issuer発行開始年
Issuance start year
Issuance frequency
定価 List price
(USA) Doug Ross
6 times a year
(US) $ 35 per year
(Outside the US) $ 55 per year

雑誌発行までの経緯 Background to the publication of the magazine

発行人であるダグラス・ロスさんは海兵軍学校を卒業後、来日し鎌倉にて5年間造園の勉強をされて、米国へ帰国後 日本建築家として活動されています。

The publisher, Doug Ross, came to Japan after graduating from the Marine Military School, studied landscaping in Kamakura for five years, and after returning to the United States, has been active as a Japanese architect.


His wife is also Japanese, he understands Japanese well, and he edits with a small number of staff who have obtained a degree in Japanese gardens.


And this magazine has a wonderful garden of “Hayama Shiosai Park” (former Hayama Imperial Villa: the place where Emperor Taisho spent his last years) near his house when Doug Ross lived in Japan. bottom. Even though the garden is wonderful, it is said that it was not well known.


When a garden is introduced in Japan, it does not focus on the garden itself, but on the “historical importance” and “scale” of important people and events that were there. ..


He focused on that and realized that “even if there is a wonderful garden, it is buried without being introduced to its charm.” Therefore, he created an opportunity for many people to know by ranking the gardens every year in the magazine.


It is a story that conveys the enthusiasm for Japanese gardens as well as discovering the charm of Japan from the outside.

雑誌の内容は、造園・建築技術を中心に。。。The content of the magazine focuses on landscaping and construction technology

  • 鯉 Koi
  • 盆栽 Bonsai
  • 家具 Furniture
  • 意匠 Design


It leads to a deep understanding of Japanese culture in a wide range through the living environment.


In addition, he also publishes booklets, gardener training workshops, garden tours, and other activities that convey the charm of Japanese culture.

日本庭園ランキング Japanese garden ranking


The garden ranking in the magazine started in 2003.

庭園の「質」にこだわった審査範囲 Examination range that is particular about the “quality” of the garden



In addition to the gardens that are open to the public, there are 1000 gardens nationwide that are subject to examination, including gardens in hotels, inns, and restaurants.

If you look at the rankings, there are many places that are generally not well known.


The number of gardens in the examination range is increasing every year, and it seems that it was 631 gardens at the beginning of the ranking. Even so, I think again that the Adachi Museum of Art, which has been in first place for a long time, is still wonderful.

ランキングの審査項目 Ranking examination items

  • 歴史的価値 Historical value
  • 規模 scale
  • 知名度 popularity
  • 庭園の質 Garden quality
  • 庭園と建物の調和 Harmony between the garden and the building
  • 利用者への対応、ホスピタリティ Correspondence to users, hospitality
  • 従業員の「庭園」への理解や意識 Employees’ understanding and awareness of “gardens”


In addition to the conventional referral standards in Japan, it is said that the examination is comprehensively focused on the “quality of the garden” itself. In addition, the judges are of various nationalities, and garden experts and university professors in related fields visit under the hood to judge.



The Adachi Museum of Art, which ranked first, had excellent garden management.

Even when I went there, no fallen leaves had fallen, and even an amateur could see the behavior and care of the gardener, and the cleanliness was pleasant.


The publisher, Doug Ross, was surprised to see not only the gardener but also the employees working at the museum at the Adachi Museum of Art, who would immediately pick up the fallen leaves in the garden.

過去5年分のランキング(第1位〜第3位)Ranking for the past 5 years (1st to 3rd)

年 Year第1位 1st第2位 2nd第3位 3rd
Adachi Museum of Art (Shimane)
Katsura Imperial Villa (Kyoto)
Yamamoto-tei (Tokyo)
Adachi Museum of Art (Shimane)
Katsura Imperial Villa (Kyoto)
Yamamoto-tei (Tokyo)
Adachi Museum of Art (Shimane)
Katsura Imperial Villa (Kyoto)
Minamikan (Shimane)
Adachi Museum of Art (Shimane)
Katsura Imperial Villa (Kyoto)
Minamikan (Shimane)
Adachi Museum of Art (Shimane)
Katsura Imperial Villa (Kyoto)
Minamikan (Shimane)


The Adachi Museum of Art has been ranked number one for 18 consecutive years since the inauguration of the ranking. After the 3rd place, there are several years in a row, but there are frequent fluctuations in the ranking.


By the way, Katsura Imperial Villa, which is in second place, is also in second place for 18 consecutive years. I have been to Katsura Imperial Villa, so I would like to introduce it in another post.

「2020日本庭園ランキング公式ホームページ」↓”2020 Japanese Garden Ranking Official Homepage” ↓


足立美術館創設者「足立全康」Adachi Museum of Art founder “Zenko Adachi”


As the name suggests, the Adachi Museum of Art is a private art museum founded by “Zenko Adachi”, who was born in the area where the museum is located.




He was involved in various businesses, and while doing business, he collected many Japanese paintings as a collector.

He also loved gardening more than anything else.

It seems that he was a person who built up wealth in one generation and demonstrated a unique business talent.



He founded the museum in 1970 at the age of 71 to give back to his hometown and develop his culture.

The founder “Zenko Adachi” died at the age of 92 in 1992, but he had a dream of making the Adachi Museum of Art a “museum of the world” until just before his death.




In 2020, the museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

When I visited the museum, there were many visitors of various nationalities as well as Japanese.

I remember reading the commentary while experiencing the “Museums of the World”.

横山大観 Taikan Yokoyama


Most of the collections of the Adachi Museum of Art are modern Japanese paintings, and the works of modern Japanese painter Taikan Yokoyama can be said to be the basis of the Adachi collection in terms of both quality and quantity.


Zenko Adachi was also fascinated by the painting attitude of Taikan Yokoyama, who took on new challenges while keeping his curiosity.


Many of the collections are luxuriously displayed on the large grounds of the Adachi Museum of Art, and are also the centerpiece of the museum.

蒔絵の名宝揃い A collection of famous treasures of lacquer work Makie

庭園以外は撮影不可 No photography except in the garden



Garden / Yokoyama Taikan Collection. .. .. .. The appeal of the Adachi Museum of Art is that it’s perfect, but for me it wasn’t enough for me to visit.

Meanwhile, I heard a word of mouth from a friend that the lacquer work of the Adachi Museum of Art was beautiful and amazing.


I didn’t know the existence of crafts just because I had modern Japanese paintings, so I went to the Adachi Museum of Art relatively soon after I heard it.



The garden was of course great. It is a corridor that you can go around the garden, and lacquer work was exhibited in the corridor (indoor).

Unfortunately, you can only take pictures of the garden inside the museum, not the others.


The number is not so many, but I was surprised at the size of the lacquer work.


Some of the shelves, which look like large pieces of furniture, are lacquered from corner to corner, so you can see them closer than you can see in other museums. I was more impressed by the fact that I could see it closer to the size.


The lacquer work on display was almost unbranded, but the era was from the Meiji era to the Taisho era, and there were only sophisticated and wonderful lacquer work.



Many of the large ones were also detailed lacquer work, so of course the number may not be as large as the Yokoyama Taikan collection. The amount of money for each item was tens of millions to hundreds of millions of yen, even from the size.

It may not be so good when it comes to money, but especially crafts that impress everyone are still more expensive than I imagined. It can be said that it is a lacquer work that can be bought only because Zenko Adachi, who has built a wealth as a wealthy man.


The background of the Meiji era lacquer work is that it is often leaked overseas, so I think it is very valuable as a work that can be seen in museums without being stored as an individual collection in Japan.

図録・カタログなく口コミのみ Only word-of-mouth without catalogs



Even if I couldn’t shoot, I wish I could see it later in the catalog or book, so after seeing it, I went to the museum shop. There was a collection of Japanese paintings in the Adachi Museum of Art, but I was very disappointed that there was no postcard for the lacquer work.

After looking through it, I checked with the clerk of the museum shop. .. .. Unfortunately I didn’t have it, so I gave up and went home.


It is difficult to take pictures of lacquer when gold is used or lacquer is a mirror surface, so there may be no pictures for that reason. Also, although the works are wonderful, most of them do not have the author’s name, so they are not introduced on the homepage.


A tweet from a person who went there once in a while said, “The lacquer work was wonderful,” but I couldn’t take pictures, so I thought I couldn’t share that impression.


The lacquer work is briefly introduced from the Adachi Museum of Art’s Twitter account, but there are more actual exhibits and it is worth seeing along with the garden.




I hope that you will pay more attention to the wonderful lacquer work so that it will not be buried.

If I find any information about lacquer work at the Adachi Museum of Art, I would like to update and share it.

無料シャトルバス the free shuttle bus

シャトルバスが発着する安来駅 Yasugi Station where the shuttle bus arrives and departs


The Adachi Museum of Art is a bit inconvenient, and it’s easy to think that you can’t go because you don’t have a car, but you can use the free shuttle bus.



The shuttle bus made it easier than I had imagined using public transportation.

I used the shuttle bus back and forth.



There are about two bottles per hour, so I didn’t have to worry about checking the time and waiting.

There are also well-maintained stops and souvenir shops nearby.


You can also meet Shirasagi on the way to the museum while taking the shuttle bus, and the view from the large window of the bus is also attractive.


There are various access methods, so please check the website etc. before you go.



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