Adachi Museum gardens

Japanese garden design and contemporary art merge with spectacular resuls in Matsue

Not all of Japan's best gardens are steeped in history; in Matsue on the Japan Sea Coast, a garden created in 1980 has been winning awards left, right and centre. Here, the line between garden design and Japanese art has been wilfully blurred to expand appreciation of the two.

The gardens surrounding the Adachi Museum of Art were created by the museum's founder, Adachi Zenko, and make use of trees and rocks from all over Japan in six sections: moss, pond, dry landscape, white gravel, pine and a waterfall garden.

The gardens can only be seen from within the museum. This inside-looking-out feeling makes the gardens feel like framed works of art, hung alongside the museum's collection of contemporary Japanese paintings.

When to go:

Adachi Museum gardens

located in Matsue

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