There is a definite local vibe to the museums and galleries of Kokubunji City. A smattering of private art exhibition spaces and local archaeological curiosity create a snug feeling for visitors. Great for those looking to avoid the noise of the larger galleries in Tokyo, here is a simple introduction to the museums and galleries of Kokubunji City and how to reach them.
With its stylish art space, Gallery Kojima traces its artistic lineage back to Zenzaburo Kojima, an oil painter from the mid-20th century. The gallery focuses mainly on contemporary Japanese artists with a particular emphasis on textiles and antique crafts. The gallery also features exhibitions throughout the year to showcase works from overseas artists based on the its theme of the 'wild spirit'.
A 10-minute walk from the South Exit of Kokubunji Station on the JR Chuo Line.
The Kurumi Gallery is a tiny private exhibition gallery offering a refined sense of space for artists to showcase their works. Nothing ostentatious, the gallery is committed to quality and the regular exhibitions held each year - ranging from drawings and paintings to metal and woodwork - exemplify that.
A 6-minute walk from Kokubunji Station on the JR Chuo Line.
Musashi Kokubunji Temple Museum
Supporting its culturally recognised namesake temple, the Musashi Kokubunji Temple Museum houses many archaeological artefacts and items relating to the temple and its history. A token JPY100 admission fee allows visitors to take in ancient roofing tiles, clay works, city-recognised copper statues as well as scale dioramas.
A 15-minute walk from either Kokubunji or Nishi-Kokubunji stations on the JR Chuo Line.
Another small private exhibition space that offers artists a place to showcase their talents, the Tsukasa Gallery hosts regular exhibitions each month. Perfect for those who appreciate local talents, the yearly schedules feature both oil, watercolour and ink brush paintings, as well as photography and calligraphy.
A 4-minute walk from Kokubunji Station on the JR Chuo Line.