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Soun Museum

This art museum stands at the southern edge of Ashikaga Park. The museum displays the artwork as well as the personal effects of Tazaki Soun, a Southern School painter who was active in Ashikaga from the end of the Edo period through the Meiji period. Known as a late Edo period loyalist painter, Soun studied under artists such as Kanai Ushu and his works have been highly praised outside Japan.

Soun was also chosen to be the first Imperial Household Artist, once the highest honor for an artist in Japan, and the museum stores, conserves, and presents his artwork and personal effects. A thatched roof residence believed to have been the home of Soun stands in the museum's garden.

Location Map

Basic Information

Address 2-3768,Midori-cho,Ashikaga-shi,Tochigi
Telephone Number 0284-21-3808
Website http://www.city.ashikaga.tochigi.jp/site/soun/
Business Hours 9:00-16:00
Days Closed for Business every Monday and the day after the holiday
Price Adults 210 yen admission fee charged under Junior High School
Map Code 34 592 789*82

Southern Area

This area boasts evocative historical buildings and townscapes, such as the Ashikaga School, known for being the oldest school in Japan, and Kura no Machi, a district where buildings from the mid-19th century, a time when the area prospered as a commercial district, still stand. At Ashikaga Flower Park, you can see 350 blooming wisteria flowers, flowing downward from above, creating a world of enchantment.

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