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How to enjoy the Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum

Enjoy the Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum even more!Recommended course

This is our suggested course for how best to enjoy the Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.
The guide is also packed with tidbits of information so you can learn more!
We will tell you many of the charming aspects of the Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum so you can enjoy yourself even if you generally feel bored by or are not very interested in museums.

SPOT 01

Start at the museum reception. Head to the 27th floor of the Umeda Sky Building Tower West!

The museum is in Tower West of the Umeda Sky Building.
Take the high-rise elevator to the 27th floor. You will be greeted at the reception with a giant picture of the sun. When you enter the museum, you will be given glasses to view the 3-D images.

3D映像鑑賞用メガネ

Tower West entrance

Museum Reception Desk

Notes about starting off
  • 1

    Note that you cannot get to the museum from Tower East, which leads to the sky garden observatory

  • 2

    Discount tickets that include entry to the museum and to the sky garden observatory are available for just 1,500 JPY!

SPOT 02

Feel the art for yourself in the fantastical symbol zone! Take off for the skies of Koji Kinutani World

When you enter, the staff will first guide you to the Symbol Zone. You can see the "Celebration- Flying Dragon Funi Homon" painting, which is hung in a space that evokes an image of the sky.
Your journey to Koji Kinutani World starts here.

Symbol Zone

SPOT 03

World's first dive into pictures!
Powerful 3-D image experience

Experience overwhelming 3-D images on a 3 m x 14 m round screen! You can enjoy a theme park atmosphere enveloped in a world of paintings and music. You won't be able to keep your hands from reaching out to touch the fluttering flower petals and the dragon, thunder god and wind god coming right at you.

SPOT 04

Dynamic and delicate.
Revel in the Blue and Red Kinutani Worlds

The Exhibition Zone Blue mainly features works depicting Italy and Europe, which Koji Kinutani visited while studying abroad in his youth. The Exhibition Zone Red is lined with Eastern style works, such as those depicting Mt. Fuji or episodes from Kojiki (Japan's oldest historical record). Feel the powerful energy of these numerous original fresco (mural) and mixed media works.

Exhibition Zone 「BLUE」

Exhibition Zone「RED」

SPOT 05

We recommend viewing at sunset!
View over Osaka from the Tenku Gallery

Photography is permitted in the Tenku Gallery, making it perfect for commemorative photos.
It is also an out-of-the-way spot for picturesque views, where you can look down on the Yodogawa river flowing through the cityscape of Osaka. The view at sunset is especially beautiful. Sunset times are posted on the wall, so please enjoy the beautiful view as the sun goes down.

Tenku Gallery

Notes about starting off
  • 1

    You may exit and re-enter the museum on your date of admission. Please come back again for the sunset or night view.

  • 2

    There are three carpeted places on the floor depicting bird's eye views of famous Osaka sites. Be sure to see them all.

SPOT 06

Are you looking for more than Kinutani works?!
Enjoy a workshop by reserving in advance

If you feel inspired looking at Kinutani's works and sense your desire to try drawing bubbling up inside you, we hold a regular workshop at the museum that you would enjoy.
There are a range of programs for all ages, from hands-on fresco (mural) painting to painting classes with lectures by Koji Kinutani himself. Will this be your opportunity to blossom and show your artistic talent?
※ Reservations are required for workshop participation. Check for notices and event information!

workshop

  • A work created in the hands-on fresco (mural) painting workshop
Notes about starting off
  • Even when the workshop is not in session, there are always sketchbooks and crayons in the drawing corner of this space.
    Please feel free to come enjoy yourself by drawing pictures.

SPOT 07

While immersing yourself in the glow of the art…
Take a break at the Tenku cake

The Tenku cafe has a rich, colorful, artistic atmosphere.
It is decorated with items reminiscent of the colorful paint bottles used for fresco painting. It is the best place to be immersed in the afterglow when you finish enjoying the artwork. The food menu features snacks such as baguette sandwiches and fondant chocolate, and the drink menu has a variety of beverages from colorful sodas to coffee and beer. Sit in the couple seats by the windows and look out at the scenery as you relax in the café.

Tenku cafe

  • God Mountain Coffee
    This specialty coffee is spicy and deeply sweet, made with "God Mountain" coffee beans, harvested from the spiritual island of Bali, where it is said that the gods live.
  • Italian soda
    The three varieties of soda meant to evoke Koji Kinutani works. It's fun to choose according to your favorite work!
    Blue: The Seven Gods of Good Fortune Riding the Surf (Blue lemonade flavor)
    Yellow: Mt. Fuji on a Golden Background and the Sun, Fujin (God of Wind),
    Raijin (God of Thunder) (Japanese citron flavor)
    Pink: Celebration - Flying Dragon Funi Homon (Pink grapefruit flavor)
Notes about starting off
  • You can also go to the café without entering the museum. Please feel free to refresh yourself here anytime.※ No admission fee to enter the café.
  • Take-out available!

SPOT 08

Come back again to finish off your visit!
Complete your visit by watching the 3-D images

Once you have gone completely through the museum, we recommend returning to look at the 3-D images once again. You will be delighted with discoveries that you can only notice once you have fully appreciated Kinutani's works. Enjoy a sensation different from the impact you felt when you first saw them.

Notes about starting off

The 3-D images can be viewed as many times as you like while you are in the museum.

3-D images

SPOT 09

Buy souvenirs to remember the day with at the Museum Shop

The shop is well stocked with a variety of goods featuring motifs from the works, original postcards, and more. They are ideal for souvenirs for yourself or as gifts for loved ones. Why not liven up your daily life by incorporating the colorful energy of Kinutani's works?

Museum Shop

  • Mug
    Mugs are popular gifts. Great for pairs, too!
  • Notebook
    3-color ballpoint pen with mechanical pencil
    Convenient carry-size notebook. We recommend purchasing as a set with ballpoint pens.