Kyushu National Museum


Following Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, and Nara National Museum, Kyushu National Museum is recently established for the first time in 108 years as the fourth national museum in Japan. Set in the hills lying behind Dazaifu Shrine, the vast, eye-catching building that opened on October 16, 2005 features a roof that conjures up rolling hills and double skin glass walls.
Unlike the other national museums which mainly exhibit art, Kyushu National Museum could be called “the historical museum”. Given Kyushu’s close ties with Asia, the museum was conceptualized as one that “illustrates the shaping of Japanese culture from a historical Asian perspective”, and displays the formation of Japanese culture from the Paleolithic Era to the end of the Tokugawa Era (the late 1860’s).
In addition to Kano Masanobu’s painting “Zhou Maoshu Appreciating Lotuses”, the museum houses a large number of national important cultural assets; special displays are also periodically open to the public. Visitors can experience Asian culture in the “Ajippa” area located on the first floor free of charge!

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 818-0118 福岡県太宰府市石坂4-7-2
Address 4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 050-5542-8600(ハローダイヤル)
Contact Kyushu National Museum
Fax Number 092-929-3276
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30am-5pm (entry by 4:30pm)
Closed Every Monday (The following day in the event of a National Holiday)
Price Adults 430 Yen; High School and University Students 130 Yen
Car Park 215 vehicles (500 yen each time)
Access By train: take the Nishitetsu “Tenjin-Omuta” Line to Futsukaichi Station, then transfer to the Dazaifu Line and get off at Dazaifu Station (a 20 minute ride); a 10 minute walk from there
By car: 20 minutes via the Kyushu Expressway; take the Takao Intersection exit off the Dazaifu Interchange

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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