“The beginning was a handful of sand.”
The museum is located closed to the Naruto Whirlpools.
There are more than 1,000 replicas of priceless masterpieces, from ancient murals to modern paintings, and collections from more than 190 art museums in 25 countries worldwide. These masterpieces are reproduced to their original size on porcelain boards using special techniques.
The material of the porcelain boards is white sand from the coast located in the Kii Channel flowing at the east of Tokushima, and the white sand is also used as the material of concrete. Its good quality resulted in the production of excellent porcelain paintings, of which realistic color and figure last forever.
You will have to walk almost four kilometers to see all the artworks. Dynamic Historical Reconstruction is the reproduction of ancient remains or churches exactly as they were. Historical Development is the exhibition where masterpieces of Da Vinci, Monet, Gogh, Picasso, etc. are displayed in their historical order so that you will be able to see the transition. Thematic Section is an exhibition displaying the masterpieces of the artists in various time periods. You can experience museums from all over the world, being in Japan.
Address: 65-1 Tosadomariura Fukuike, Naruto-cho, Naruto City
Opening hours: 9:30–17:00 (admission until 16:00)
Access: approx. 3 minutes’ drive from Naruto-Kita Interchange
The building is a reused ex-tobacco manufacturer’s residence built more than 100 years ago. A beautiful garden with seasonal flowers and a room detached from main house by making a good use of Shoin-zukuri (traditional style of Japanese residential architecture). They are open to public and recall the prosperity at that time. Ikeda is a place that flourished through shredded tobacco between the end of Edo Period and Meiji Period (1860s–1910s). Approximately 200 materials related to tobacco such as ledgers, tobacco leaves and machineries are displayed chronologically, and enables visitors to learn the history of tobacco.
Address: 2465-1 Machi, Ikeda-cho, Miyoshi City
Opening hours: 9:00–17:00
Access: 10 minutes’ walk from JR “Awa-Ikeda Sta.” (Dosan Line)