The Hoki Museum, a sanctuary dedicated to realist painting set against the backdrop of a lush, green forest, is reopening its doors.

Hoki Museum

This iconic museum dedicated to realist painting featuring 30-meter cantilevers that gently curve and overlap will reopen its doors on August 1, 2020 after recovering from damage caused by floods during last year’s heavy rains.

The museum is home to a collection of approximately 480 realist painting masterpieces mainly by contemporary artists collected by the museum’s founder, Mr. Masao Hoki, and an Italian restaurant and café where visitors can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and wines while taking in the view of the forest.

So that the building itself would become a part of Mr. Hoki’s collection, the interior space is completely free of clutter, such as wall-finish and flooring joints, as well as suspended lighting. Together with the distinctive form of the building’s exterior, the interior space creates an optimal viewing environment for visitors to come face-to-face with every work of art, shut off from the outside world.

During renovation, the main electrical and heating facilities were moved aboveground and watertight doors were installed throughout the building. Various measures were also put into place to prevent damage from the unpredictable flooding caused by recent torrential rains that have been seen in various parts of the country. As the museum marks its 10th anniversary, the building has been updated to enhance its appeal, including refurbishing the finish of the interior and introducing a voice guidance system with the latest digital tools.

In response to the client’s strong desire to reopen the museum, the former architectural designers and contractors joined hands last fall, working together to bring the museum to the present. We invite you to visit the Hoki Museum, which features a fresh, new appeal.

Message from Ms. Hiroko Hoki, Director

The heavy rains of last October flooded the museum. With no rivers nearby, we never imagined that the museum would suffer damage from a flood. Please take care in these days of extreme weather conditions. Thanks to everyone, we were able to refinish the museum so that it is less vulnerable to flooding damage. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary this November, I would like to mark a new chapter as we take a new step forward.

Building Overview
Client : Hoki Museum
Location : Midori-ku, Chiba City
Site area : 3,862.72㎡
Total area : 3,722.39㎡
Floors : -2/+1F
Structure : Steel, partially reinforced concrete
Construction completed : August 2010
(renovation completed in August 2020)
Museum Information
Location : 3-15 Asumigaoka Higashi, Midori-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, 267-0067
Hours : 10AM to 5:30 PM (from Saturday, August 1, 2020)
* Closed Tuesdays
* Admission by reservation only for designated dates and times.
Reservations are currently being accepted by phone or through the museum’s website. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.
Exhibitions : Special exhibitions: Collection of works by Sosuke Morimoto and the 3rd Hoki Museum Award Exhibition
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment and reopening of the museum, an exhibition will be held featuring the works of one of Japan’s leading realist painters, Sosuke Morimoto (1937-2015). This was the museum’s very first collection and starting point at the time it was established. The 3rd Hoki Museum Award Exhibition will also be held at the same time.


To celebrate the museum’s reopening, twenty people will receive a set of two special tickets to the museum and an illustrated record of the “Big Wave of Realist Paintings” exhibition held at Bunkamura.

To enter: Please send your name, address and phone number to with “Hoki Art Museum Present Entry” in the subject line.The deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 6, 2020.
※Winners will be notified with the shipment of the prize. Please note that the entrant’s personal information will be used only for the express purpose of mailing out the prize and will be deleted and removed within six months of the date received in accordance with Nikken Sekkei’s privacy policy.

Hoki Museum

Photo credit:
The Exhibition Room: by Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Museum Director of Hoki Museum: by Hoki Museum
The Others: by Harunori Noda [Gankohsha]


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