Kanazawa Traditional Machiya Gallery: Gallery Muku
This gallery was built more than 120 years ago in the year Meiji 30 (1897) and was originally a lumber shop and home of the proprietor. In 2009 the building was fully restored, preserving the original integrity of the building’s special features – the store front, the doma (oniwatori) area with its beautiful large wooden beams, and the zashiki Japanese-style rooms. Special care was taken in the restoration to keep it as close to the original as possible, while providing some contemporary improvements.
In November of 2016, the building became a Registered Tangible Cultural Property (登録有形文化財) of the government of Japan.
We have free WIFI available.
Lighting fixtures, display fixtures (picture rails, wires, display stands) and an upright piano are available for use at no additional charge. At certain times the kitchen (with refrigerator) may be available for use.
Heating and air conditioning is available for each room of the gallery/café. The problem of cold winters that would normally make the use of the doma space of a traditional machiya gallery unthinkable has been resolved by the addition of heated flooring.
We are next to the “Higashiyama” 東山 bus stop. From JR Kanazawa Station it is about a 10-minute drive by car. We are conveniently located 10 minutes from the Hokuriku Expressway “Kanazawa Interchange” or “Morimoto Interchange.” It is a 10-minute walk on foot from the popular Kanazawa sightseeing area Higashi Chaya District (Higashi Chayagai).
We have a parking lot with a capacity of approximately 7 cars. It is easy to transport large works of art and other treasures in and out of the gallery space. Also it provides convenient free parking for guests to the gallery and café.
Whenever you want to take a short break or meet with friends, our café, complete with a traditional Japanese-style room and a view of the garden, offers the perfect atmosphere for relaxing afternoon.