D. T. Suzuki Museum
D. T. Suzuki Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Zoran L
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This “museum” is highly overrated. The best part is the pond that can be seen from the park outside the museum. If you reached that place, then you have seen the best part, which itself is very nice and worth visiting. That's all what is worth visiting.

If by some unfortunate accident you will step into the museum, you will see:
— one room with a few photos of D.T. Suzuki
— learning room, with just a few books, and four chairs cramped in small space not suitable for learning (too close to other people, space is too open, hard to concentrate)
— one ikebana (a flower arrangement)
— one subpar dry landscape garden (through the window)

If you are lucky, then the no one will be chatting in the contemplative space. (I wasn't lucky).

If you are willing to learn about Zen, then you will learn nothing. There were only a few texts (not more than 100 words long) that were making assumptions about western philosophy and saying why Japanese one is better.

If you are careful, you will collect 6 pieces of paper (no more) with thoughts of D.T. Suzuki.

The pond outside the museum and the path to the museum was pleasant. So if you have a bit of time consider taking a walk.
Written 18 May 2024
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AptosAmy
Aptos, CA607 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
D. T. Suzuki Museum at 3-4-20 Hondamachi in Kanazawa, Japan has an architecture designed for tranquility. The museum was okay. Learning about D.T. Suzuki's life was interesting. Not a place to learn about Buddhism or delve deeply. Poorly attended.
Written 20 April 2024
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Rainne_T
Singapore, Singapore554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I absolutely adored this little out-of-the-way museum. I was fascinated by online photos for a long time and had always wanted to visit, but my time in Kanazawa was always too short for a visit during my previous trips. I finally had time this Feb 2023 and I was so glad I made it.

It's a very small museum, and you can't take photos inside the halls, but once you get out to the "pond" outside, you can take as much photos as you like. As for me, since I visited during a weekday morning, there wasn't any other visitors around. I sat outside staring at the waters for quite a long time. It's really zen and peaceful, I sat there contemplating and reflecting on some of my life moments without even noticing time passing by as there's no distractions at all.

This is not a museum where one would revisit, but I certainly would!
Written 4 June 2023
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FromAnnandale
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Our ryokan host recommended this museum and we're so glad we went! Our favorite part was definitely the pond outside -- so serene and contemplative. I could have stayed there all day!
Written 30 December 2022
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BTavcar
Vail, CO26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
If you have time to sit around and contemplate, then go for it. If you want to see different things and learn about Japan, skip it. I was through it in 5 minutes. I can meditate as I do yoga back home. Waste of a walk.
Written 10 November 2022
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AndreasinJapan
Yokohama, Japan100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
This is a small but very elegant museum dedicated to the life and work of Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki.
He introduced Zen Buddhism to the west.
It is not a big museum and you can not see much.
But sitting outside by the pool and enjoy the silence and architecture is quite worth the visit.
It's not far from Kenrokuen, maybe about 15 minutes walk.


Written 31 October 2020
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
My ryokan host said this was his favourite museum. It’s a lively contemplative place where you can also sit and read special books. I loved its water pool. Very good English interpretations. Best combined with the Nakamura museum nearby.
Written 25 January 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia10,663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
A unique mirror pond. Words cannot describe the experience. You must go for it yourself. Much more to admire about the architecture of the buildings in the museum. People come here to contemplate and get peaceful insight.
Written 14 November 2019
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Shukile
Tel Aviv, Israel502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is one of the most complete architecture work I have seen!
Japanese modern architecture at it best!!
It’s a true most for architecture and design lovers!!!
Written 5 October 2019
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tzachix
Tel Aviv, Israel22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
One single worthwhile exhibition makes this an unusual experience - the contemplating room next to the pool and the pool. If and when you come it would make sense to know what Suzuki is all about or spent some hours reading in the library of the ,museum.
Written 11 September 2019
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