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Akino Fuku Museum

The Akino Fuku Museum is located in the forested hills of her birthplace near Futamatagawa in Tenryu Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In addition to the collection and exhibition of the master artist Akino, several special and planned exhibitions are held throughout the year.
Fuku Akino (1908-2001) came into the public eye after receiving a commendation at the Bunten art exhibition at the age of 28 in 1936. Akino, who disliked the traditional natural themes commonly incorporated into Japanese art, participated in the organization of "Sogyo Bijutsu" (meaning "Creation of Art") with the goal of rejuvenating Japanese art, and continued on with her creative activities using a style that incorporated elements of Western techniques. At the age of 54, she took a position as a visiting professor Visva-Bharati University (known as Tagore International University now) of India and was fascinated by India. She continued to visit India occasionally thereafter, and produced works incorporating motifs based on India's scenery, landscapes, temples and so on. She also visited Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Africa in search of creative ideas. In 1999 she received recognition for her numerous achievements and was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit.

In addition to the exhibits, we would also like visitors to take note of the unique architectural work that is the art museum itself. The building designed by Terunobu Fujimori is constructed with natural materials such as cedar board and iron stone. The interior is surfaced with plaster mixed with straw and uses local Tenryu cedar, allowing visitors to feel the warmth of the natural materials firsthand.
In addition, a newly designed tea room, "Bōkurō," has been on display outdoors since 2018. The room was designed by Mr. Fujimori, and was made in collaboration with local residents, using only local Tenryu wood. (The inside is not open to the public.)


In addition, the greatest feature of this art museum is that visitors remove their shoes and view the exhibitions barefoot. The first exhibition room features rattan matting on the floors, which the second exhibition room has marble flooring. Guests can sit where they'd like and enjoy the work from any angle.

First exhibition hall

Second exhibition hall


A somewhat long, sloping path leads from the entrance with its parking area to the art museum at the top of the hill. The sloping path, lined with seasonal flowers and foliage to enjoy, is not so much of an obstacle. However, those with difficulty walking or using wheelchairs can rest assured, as there is a car available to take them up to the museum entrance.


From the hall filled with gentle sunlight, visitors can step out onto the terrace with its pleasant view. There are benches where you can sit and relax, enjoying the atmosphere of the forest.


Please remove your slippers at the entrance to the first exhibition hall . From here, you can enjoy the warmth of nature directly.


Inside the museum there is also a video corner where you can watch a film of the artist Akino recorded during a visit to India at the age of 86, as well as a gift shop where you can purchase postcards and other museum goods. The exhibition hall on the second floor is used for planned exhibitions and also as a public gallery.

Photography is prohibited inside the exhibition areas.However, you can take pictures of the architecture, including the hallways and veranda!
The architecture of the building allows voices to carry easily, so please keep your speaking voice as soft as possible and view the exhibits quietly.

(Art Collection Exhibition)
Junior high and under &
70 years old or more
high school ¥150
Adult(high school and up) ¥300
【Special Exhibitions】 Cost determined seperately for each exhibition.

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浜松市秋野不矩美術館【Hamamatsu-shi Akino Fuku Bijyutsu-kan】
ADDRESS 130 Futamata, Futamata-cho, Tenryu-ku, Hamamatsu-shi,Shizuoka, Japan 431-3314
PHONE 053-922-0315
OPEN HOURS 9:30am - 5pm
CLOSED Mondays (In the event Monday is a public holiday the museum will remain open, and the following day will be closed.)
Closed between exhibitions.
Closed for the New Year’s Holiday.

TRANSPORT From Shin-Hamamatsu Station
[TRAIN & BUS] Entetsu Railway Line get off at “Nishi-Kajima” station (32 minutes) then take the “Futamata-Yamahigashi” line bus to “Akino Fuku Bijyutsukan Iriguchi” and walk 10 minutes.
[CAR] Around 10 minutes Shin-Tomei Expressway Hamamatsu Hamakita I.C

2019.10.02 update
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