Okayama

With over 700 manekineko on display, you’re sure to find good luck

Cat-Themed “Power Spots”

Manekineko Art Museum

At the end of a deep valley on the northeast side of Okayama City, in the midst of a quiet mountain community, is the Manekineko Art Museum. Housed in a converted traditional house, the museum exhibits a collection of over 700 manekineko – cat figurines with one paw raised, said to bring good fortune. They’re made of all kinds of materials: wood, ceramic, papier-mache, stone, and others. It’s easy to forget yourself as you gaze at the manekineko, each one unique and each reminiscent of the time and place it was made. Take some time to bask in the good luck radiating from these little cats!

Paint your own manekineko at the Lucky Cats House

Right next to the main museum building is the “Lucky Cats House” annex. Inside, you’ll be greeted by an astonishing sight: the walls and ceilings are covered with slips of paper bearing prayers to the manekineko! Here, visitors can enjoy painting their own manekineko. Stop by and create your own one-of-a-kind manekineko souvenir!

Image courtesy of Manekineko Art Museum

Inside, experience the elegance of Japanese architecture

One of the Manekineko Art Museum’s most appealing features is its unique interior design. The main building has the warm, unmistakably Japanese feel of a traditional wooden house, while the annex exhibits a playful, more modern take on the traditional home. Both serve as artistic spaces where visitors can forget the cares of the everyday world.

Image courtesy of Manekineko Art Museum

Ebimeshi – ever tried black fried rice?

You may be startled by the pitch-black color of this signature Okayama dish. But one bite of the rich, savory rice and tender shrimp, and you’ll be hooked.

Yumeji Art Museum

This museum has a collection of about 3,000 works by and about poet and painter Yumeji Takehisa. It’s also famous for Kuronosuke, a “guard cat” who looks like he could have come from one of Yumeji’s paintings. Kuronosuke doesn’t always show up for work, so be sure to check Instagram before you go.

Image courtesy of Yumeji Art Museum

INFORMATION

Location/Access 865-1 Kanayamaji, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama-ken
About 30 minutes by limousine bus from Okayama Airport to Okayama Station → about 20 minutes by taxi from Okayama Station

Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry: 16:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (open on holidays, during summer breaks, and at New Year’s)
Inquiries Manekineko Art Museum
TEL 086-228-3301
http://www.manekineko-m.jp/


Yumeji Art Museum Main Bldg.
TEL 086-271-1000
https://yumeji-art-museum.com/
https://www.instagram.com/kuronosuke.yumeji_art_museum/

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