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Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

See works from artist residencies and exhibitions of Japanese and non-Japanese art

By Elizabeth Sok

Located in Fukuoka’s central Hakata ward, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum houses thousands of pieces of artwork from almost two dozen Asian countries, including India, Bhutan, Brunei and Indonesia.

Constructed in 1999, this two-story museum on the seventh and eighth floors of the Riverain Center Building frequently hosts artist residencies and exhibitions of Japanese and non-Japanese art. For a whirlwind tour through the Asian art world, plan a stop at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

The collection

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Photo by: Heidi Sarol The museum currently boasts over 4,500 pieces of art.

Its collection is one of the largest in the world that highlights the work of Asian artists. The museum displays a diversity of artistic styles and perspectives that have historically fallen outside of Western notions of fine art. Included are examples of folk, traditional and ethnic works that capture the plethora of Asian experiences in the modern and contemporary periods.

Stop by to see Chinese reflections on capitalism, Vietnamese experiences of the Vietnam War, Sri Lankan depictions of the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama and more.


Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Photo by: Elizabeth Sok If you like what you see, visit the museum gift shop for exclusive exhibition goods on sale.

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum hosts exhibitions throughout the year. Past exhibitions have showcased contemporary photography in Asia with a focus on self-portraits since the 1980s, the history of Japanese children’s books equipped with lots of comfortable seats to lounge in and read and modern Indian art that focused on early 20th century anxieties about the Westernization of the country.

Don’t forget to head upstairs to the 8th floor to find the work of artists in residence and the AJIBI Hall which hosts lectures and film screenings.

Taking a Break

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Photo by: Elizabeth Sok A place for everyone to enjoy art.

Whether you want a coffee break or meal to reflect on the works you’ve just seen, the museum has the Museum Cafe by Iena Coffee on the seventh floor. Grab a book off the shelf to enjoy alongside a cup of tea or coffee, a meal made using ingredients from Kyushu, or a homemade treat.

If you’re bringing kids along, hang out at the Kid’s Space next to the cafe and read one of the hundreds of children’s books available. Want to take a seat, but not eat or drink? No problem! This area also has lots of cozy places to curl up with a book.

Things To Know


While the museum’s entrance is free, entrance to the Permanent Collection is ¥200 for adults, ¥150 for high school and college students and free for junior high students and younger. 

The museum is open from 9:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. on weekdays and until 8 P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is open only until 6 P.M. on weekdays and 8 P.M. on weekends.

It’s closed every Wednesday as well as the New Year Holidays (December 26-January 1). 

How To Get There


By train

Take the Airport Line and get off at Nakasu-Kawabata station. Take Exit #6 and follow the signs for the museum. 

Where To Stay

You Style Hotel Hakata
  • 10-1 Shimokawabatamachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0027 Japan
  • ¥10,200 - ¥17,600
  • 4.57/5 (146 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Hotel Eclair Hakata
  • 1-1 Susakimachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0028 Japan
  • ¥10,530 - ¥29,430
  • 4.21/5 (1,707 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Hotel Okura Fukuoka
  • 3-2 Shimokawabatamachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0027 Japan
  • ¥17,960 - ¥198,600
  • 0.2 km
Hotel Vista Fukuoka Nakasu-Kawabata
  • 14-28 Kamikawabatamachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0026 Japan
  • ¥10,925 - ¥32,870
  • 4.49/5 (627 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
WeBase Hakata Hostel
  • 5-9 Tenyamachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0025 Japan
  • ¥4,760 - ¥13,870
  • 0.2 km

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