Collection and Activities of Urasoe Art Museum

Okinawa was once an independent kingdom called Ryukyu. Through exchanges and trade with China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asian countries, it developed a distinct Ryukyu culture. Lacquer art is one of them.

In Ryukyu, worship and ritual items and furnishings for domestic use, as well as tributary offerings presented to China and gifts to Japan’s shoguns and regional daimyos were produced by order of the royal government. In modern Okinawa, private workshops have played a central role in creating a variety of lacquerware and designs that change with the times, such as souvenirs for Japanese tourists and commemorative pieces for U.S. servicemen after World War II.

This museum collects lacquerware that is unique to Asia and representative of the Ryukyu Kingdom and modern and contemporary Okinawa. In our permanent exhibitions, we offer a wide-ranging exhibit and introduction to Ryukyu lacquer art and lacquerware culture based on various themes.

Visitor’s Guide

Museum Hours and Closed Days


09:30 - 17:00 (last admission : 16:30)
*09:30 - 19:00 on Fridays (last admission : 18:30)


Mondays (Open if a public holiday falls on a Monday.)
Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)
Temporarily closed due to changes in exhibits, etc.


Permanent exhibition

  Individual Group
(20 or more)
  Non-resident Urasoe Resident  
Adults 300 yen 200 yen 160 yen
Aged 65 and above 240 yen 160 yen 130yen
College and university students 200 yen 130 yen 100 yen
High-school students or younger Free
Annual admission ticket 750 yen 500 yen  

Yui Rail(Monorail)

Admission fees for permanent exhibition will be discounted to group rates by presenting a QR 1-day (2-day) ticket.

Temporary exhibitions

 varies with exhibition

Planned Exhibition Rooms

Rooms can be rented for exhibitions. Please check the museum’s official website for the latest information.

Access Information

By Bus

*5-min walk from each bus stop

From the Naha intercity bus terminal
21, 88, 90, 98m 112, 190
Get off at “Ohira” bus stop.
55, 56, 256
Get off at “Bijutsukan-mae” bus stop.

From the direction of Shuri Station
Get off at “Bijutsukan-mae” bus stop.

By Monorail

Get off at [Urasoe-Maeda Station]
Transfer to bus
56, 256
Get off at “Bijutsukan-mae” bus stop and walk 5-min

Transfer to taxi
1.6km (approx. 5-min) to the Museum.

Get off at [Furujima Station]
Transfer to bus
21, 88, 90, 89, 112, 190
Get off at “Ohira” bus stop and walk 5-min
Transfer to taxi
3km north along Route 330.

By Car

12km north (in the direction of Ginowan) along Route 330 or Route 58 from Naha Airport.


〒901-2103 1-9-2 Nakama Urasoe city Okinawa
TEL (098)879-3219
FAX (098)878-1221