Adachi Museum of Art Gardens

Stunning  Adachi Museum of Art Gardens

The Adachi Museum of Art is known as Japan’s most beautiful garden, having received Three Stars from Michelin Green Guide Japan. Since 2003, the US magazine The Journal of Japanese Gardening has named the Adachi Museum of Art Gardens the most beautiful Japanese garden in the world for 21 consecutive years. 

The museum houses a collection of Japanese artworks by Yokoyama Taikan and Kitaoji Rosanjin. It was built by Adachi Zenko, a local entrepreneur in 1970, around the concept of “harmony of a Japanese garden with Japanese art.”


Such an impeccable garden in this rural city left a lasting impression on me due to the passion and ingenuity that went into its creation.


The museum is located in the heart of rural Japanese farmland in Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture. During my visit, the place was crowded with visitors who came from distant locations. 

The garden is beautiful all year round, adorned with seasonal trees and flowers. The museum garden spans an area of 165,000 m2.


Japanese gardens surround the museum building. In other words, the gardens are designed to be viewed from the inside. The museum’s windows resemble painting frames.


There are four gardens, namely, “Moss Garden,” “Dry Landscape Garden,” “Pond Garden,” and “White Sand Blue Pine Tree Garden.” 

Unlike typical small Japanese dry landscape gardens, this garden is large in scale and features natural mountains as a backdrop for garden landscaping.


Moss Garden is especially beautiful in springtime and autumn, when white sand and green moss make a stunning contrast. The changing scenery, depending on the season and weather changes, are appreciated by visitors.


Moreover, a melding of white sand and lawns, with mountains in the background, is spectacular. Artfully planted on the hills, the red pine trees create a sense of unity with the mountains in the background.


“Turtle Crane Falls”

The 15m-fall was designed to depict Yokoyama Taikan’s painting “The Nachi Falls,” with the idea that “waterfalls flow into the dry landscape garden.”


“Life folding screen”

The white sand and blue pines appear to be a landscape painting when viewed through the vertical frame, which functions as a folding screen. This is entertaining and playful.

“White Sand Blue Pine Tree Garden”

The black pine trees are arranged on the right, whereas the red pine trees are positioned to the left, creating a contrast of colors against the white sand.


The “Gardening Team”

Every morning, seven gardeners meticulously tend to the garden. They prune the red pine trees yearly to remove unnecessary branches and change trees as needed.

Adachi Museum of Art

320 Furukawa-cho, Yasugi-City, Shimane-Pref. 〒692-0064

Free shuttle bus available from JR Yasugi Station.