Ibara Things to Do
The Denchu Art Museum is dedicated to the works of Hirakuchi Denchu, a famous architect who was born here in Ibara in 1872. He lived a long life, dying in 1979 and produced many works over the years. He sculpted many subjects, but he particularly liked carving people from Buddhist and Taoist stories, so many of his works feature Chinese thinkers which you can see here. His most famous work is "Kagami-jishi", a 7-foot sculpture of a kabuki character. He completed it in 1959 after 20 years of carving. This work is unfortunately in Tokyo, but here you can see one of his smaller models of it. In spite of not having the life-size kabuki actor, the museum's collection of Denchu's works is large and impressive. I am not really aware of any famous carvers, so it was interesting to me to visit a museum dedicated to a single woodcarver.
In addition to Denchu's works, there are also some paintings by other artists.
Entrance is 300 yen. The museum also occasionally has special exhibits which may cost extra to view.Related to:
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The Kodai Mahorobakan is a small one-room museum displaying artifacts that have been excavated from places within Ibara. All of the artifacts are ancient with most dating back to the Yayoi and Kofun Periods. The exhibits include pottery, bells (dotaku), some jewelry, and clay figures. There is also a human skull that they believe may have marks/gashes in it from a sword/katana. There are two videos that you can watch that give more information about the civilizations that once populated the area, the excavations, and the significance of some of the local sites.
The museum is located near the Denchu Art Museum, so it's worth a short stop on the way. Entrance is free.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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Ibara is served by the Ibara Line which runs from Soja through northern Kurashiki, Yakage, and Ibara before terminating in Fukuyama city (Kannabe Station).
The stations in Ibara are Sounnosatoebara, Ibara (the main station), and Izue. Komoriutanosatotakaya is on the border of Ibara and Fukuyama.
The Ibara Line is a private railway (meaning not JR), and although you can always pay individual fairs, they offer a special day pass for 800 yen that you can use as many times as you want in a single day. If you are going to Ibara from Soja, it already costs 800 yen, so whether you go onward to Fukuyama, back to Soja, or travel to other places along the line, you'll save money.Related to:
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