D.T. Suzuki Museum

Opening hours: 09:30 - 17:00 (Last entry is at 16:00)

Closed: Monday (Closed on Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)

Address: 3-4-20 Hondamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Post code: 920-0946

Admission: free

Closest bus stop: Hondamachi (本多町)


Suzuki Daisetsu was a world-famous philosopher of Buddhism from Kanazawa, known as the person who introduced Zen Buddhism to the West. Opened in October 2011, the D.T. Suzuki Museum is dedicated to his work and illustrates the spread of his Zen philosophy through his calligraphy, photos, and literary work. The building was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, the internationally acclaimed architect also known for the redesign of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

The museum comprises an Entrance Wing, Exhibition Wing, and Contemplative Wing in addition to three gardens: the Vestibule Garden, the Water Mirror Garden, and Roji (pathway) Garden. The museum is a place to both appreciate the displays and also a place to know, learn, and think about Daisetsu. It is gradually developing a reputation as Kanazawa’s new cultural attraction, where visitors can learn about Daisetsu and have time for contemplation.     

Night time special Opening ‘Calmness and Light’

Suzuki Daisetsu Museum will commemorate its 4th anniversary since inauguration and open with free admission at night. Please enjoy its illuminations arranged by Yoshio Taniguchi, an internationally renowned architect.

Date/Time: Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th October 2015, 18:00 to 21:00

Venue: Suzuki Daisetsu Museum

Admission free 

Photo: Ishikawa Prefecture