公益財団法人島田美術館

  • 日本語
  • 英語
  • 公益財団法人 島田美術館
  • 〒860-0073
    熊本県熊本市西区島崎4-5-28
    TEL 096-352-4597
    FAX 096-324-8749

【news!】

Taxi service for Miyamoto Musashi-related sites is now available. (through March 31, 2019)
Leaving Kumamoto Station or Josai-en, your taxi first takes you to Shimada Museum of Arts (Musashi-related items including swords and art works). Then you can visit Reigan-do, where Musashi is said to have written his famous “Book of Five Rings.”
Your taxi takes you back to Kumamoto Station or Josai-en.
As access to the museum and the cave by public transportation is very limited, this taxi service is very convenient and reasonable.
For reservations: call 096-322-5090 (information@Josai-en) or 096-352-3743 (information@Kumamoto Station) 9 AM – 5 PM

The Shimada Museum of Arts

Open: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed: every Tuesday, Year-end and New Year holidays
(open Tuesdays when public holidays)
*also closed during exhibit changes or unforeseen circumstances

Admission: adults \700
university/high school students \400
middle/elementary school students \200

Transportation:
3 minute walk from Jikeibyouinmae bus stop of the Araobashi bus line.
2 minute walk from Jyouseiko bus stop of the Jyouseiko bus line.
10 minutes by car from JR Kumamoto Station.
50 minutes by car from Kumamoto Airport.


This museum was opened in the autumn of 1977 in realization of the wishes of Mr. Shimada Matomi, a student and lover of Japanese antiquities. He dedicated his life to the preservation and study of historical documents and artistic handicrafts related to the Samurai culture in Kumamoto. In his later years, he wanted to preserve and share his collections with the public in the hope of providing opportunities to appreciate the history and traditions of Kumamoto. He laid the foundation for the museum on the grounds of his private home.
We hope your visit to the Shimada Museum will be an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the treasures of Japanese history together with Samurai culture.
The central themes of the Shimada Art Museum collections are Kumamoto arts and crafts from the Momoyama-Edo period. Exhibitions are held regularly with collection themes chosen three to four times a year. Representative collections of the museum are the works and relics of Miyamoto Musashi. (Exhibits are subject to change)
For more information, please see the Japanese page.

MIYAMOTO MUSASHI
Miyamoto Musashi was born in Harima (Hyogo Prefecture) in 1584. He won his first duel at age of 13 over master swordsman Arima Kihei of the Shinto Style. In the sixty-odd duels that he was involved with until the age of 29, he remained undefeated. He continued to pursue the spirit of swordsmanship and the secrets of the arts of war until at last he founded the style of Niten Ichi Ryu. In the year 1640, when he was 57, he came to Kumamoto where Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshi welcomed him as a guest of honor. Musashi stayed here in Kumamoto for five years until his death in the early summer of 1645. During his stay, he authored “Thirty-five Articles on the Art of War”, “The Book of Five Rings”, and other works. He spent much of this period in the study of the tea ceremony, Zen, and calligraphy. He was also a great painter. His works, which radiate the power of his spirit in vivacious brush strokes, stand unique in the history of Japanese ink-wash monochromes.