D.T. Suzuki Museum

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Japanese script: 鈴木大拙館
Area: Ishikawa
Address: 3-4-20 Honda-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken [map]
Phone: 076-221-8011 076-221-8011
Access: 2.6 km from Kanazawa Station Hokuriku Shinkansen
Hours: 9:30am to 5pm, Closed on Mondays
Admission: Adults: ¥300
Seniors: ¥200
Accessibility options: Premises are wheelchair accessible

The D.T. Suzuki Museum is dedicated to the life and teachings of modern Zen Buddhist philosopher Daisetsu Suzuki.

The museum is divided into three zones. An exhibition zone at the end of a long hallway, a learning zone with works by Daisetsu Suzuki and a contemplation zone surrounded on three sides by a pond.

As befitting the man who is credited with popularizing meditation in the west, the Yoshio Taniguchi designed museum is a beautifully serene place. The mood is especially powerful when visiting on one of Kanazawa’s frequent rainy days. The gentle sound of the rain pattering in the central pond mixed with the distant cries of hawks in the nature surrounding the museum make this one of the most Zen places you could imagine.

Entry is free with the Kanazawa City Cultural Facilities Admission Pass.