Message from our Executive Director

A unique experience, only at Kyuhaku

Japan’s fourth National Museum alongside Tokyo, Nara, and Kyoto National Museums, Kyushu National Museum (affectionately known as “Kyuhaku”) is the fruit of the love and labor of many people, including the local Dazaifu community. Since our museum opened on 16 October 2005, we are proud to have welcomed more than 18 million visitors through our doors. As a museum with and for the local community, this achievement would not have been possible without the enthusiastic support that we have enjoyed over the years from people near and far. We are truly grateful for your generosity.

Our museum is located in the ancient capital of Dazaifu. Once known as the “Distant Imperial Court”, this historic seat played a vital role in shaping Japanese history as the government of Kyushu. Throughout history, Kyushu has served as a bridge to the world, with many ideas, objects, and peoples passing through and leaving their mark on Japanese culture. Here at Kyuhaku, we honor this history as a museum founded on the philosophy of mapping the formation of Japanese culture within the context of Asia’s history.

The main attraction of our museum is our Cultural Exchange Exhibition Hall, subtitled “Ocean Ways, Asian Paths”. Along with our themed Feature Exhibitions, exhibits are constantly rotated to provide fresh delights and perspectives every visit. In our carefully curated Special Exhibitions, we hope to introduce our visitors to priceless cultural artifacts from both within and beyond Japan, for an experience truly unique to Kyuhaku. We are also proud to introduce our interactive exhibition gallery Ajippa on Floor 1, where visitors of all ages can get up close and personal with Asian and European cultures for a fun and engaging session at no cost.

Our splendid exhibitions are supported by our team’s robust efforts in the fields of cultural exchange, research work, and the restoration and conservation of cultural properties. We invite you to Kyuhaku for a chance to travel back in time and enjoy the unfolding drama of Japan’s history of cultural exchange with Asia and Europe.

In 2025, Kyuhaku will celebrate the 20th anniversary of our founding. Amidst an ever-changing society facing challenges like economic recessions or natural disasters, we strive to embody the values and ideals of our founding, and to work towards becoming a museum beloved by all. We hope for your continued kind attention and support.

Tomita Jun
Executive Director
Kyushu National Museum

Tomita Jun was born in 1960. On 20 October 2023, he assumed his current role as Executive Director of Kyushu National Museum, where he had once served as Executive Vice Director.
Mr. Tomita developed his career at Tokyo National Museum, where he held the following posts: Researcher and Senior Manager of Chinese Art in the Division of East Asian Art; Senior Manager of Collections in the Division of Cultural Properties; Supervisor of the Divisions of Planning, Collections Management and Curatorial Research; and Director of the Departments of Curatorial Planning and Curatorial Research.
As Executive Vice Director at Tokyo National Museum, Mr. Tomita was appointed Research Coordinator at the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, an Independent Administrative Institution of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.