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[Fukuoka/Kitakyushu City/Tourism] The building itself is worth seeing! Introducing the ``Binoculars on the Hill'' that overlooks Kitakyushu City, ``Kitakyushu City Museum of Art''!

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We would like to introduce you to the Kitakyushu City Museum of Art, which has an impressive exterior surrounded by greenery and is located on a hill in Tobata Ward, Kitakyushu City, and houses approximately 7,500 works, including works by Impressionists and Japanese painters.

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The building itself is a work of art

The Kitakyushu City Museum of Art is located in Tobata Ward, Kitakyushu City, on a small hill 30 minutes by bus from JR Kokura Station.

It was designed by architect Arata Isozaki, who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2019, and was opened in 1974.

The exterior is characterized by two large rectangular parallelepipeds extending like binoculars, and is affectionately known as the "binoculars on the hill." The entrance is a beautifully symmetrical marble space with an atrium that extends up to the third floor.

A wide variety of collection items

It also houses works by leading impressionist painters such as Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet, as well as ukiyo-e works representing Japan such as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.

Recommended for both food and view

The cafe MUSEE attached to a musuem is a stylish cafe surrounded by art and lush greenery. Taking advantage of the elevated location, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Hibikinada and Kitakyushu city from the window while enjoying your meal.

During special exhibitions, special menus tailored to the exhibition may be offered, allowing you to relax and enjoy the afterglow after viewing the art and admiring the scenery.

basic information

Address: 21-1 Nishisayagatani-cho, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu City

Phone number: 093-882-7777

Business hours: 9:30-17:30 (last entry at 17:00)

Closed: Mondays, year-end and New Year holidays (if Monday is a public holiday or substitute holiday, the following day will be closed)

Access: From JR Kokura Station, take bus number 7M from the "Kokura Station Entrance" bus stop ▶ Get off at "Kitakyushu City Museum of Art". Or, 10-20 minutes by taxi after getting off at JR Tobata Station, JR Edamitsu Station, or JR Space World Station.

Parking: Available (210 spaces, free)

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