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Art Museum Spots in Nagano Area

  • Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open-Air Museum
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Takeshikamihoniri 2085-70
    An outdoor sculpture museum located on the Utsukushigahara Highlands in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture which displays some 350 modern art sculptures on a meadow 2,000 meters above sea level. Dotted with pieces by such famed domestic and international artists as César Baldaccini, Alexander Liberman, Izumi Ando, and Masuo Ikeda, the museum’s meadow is truly a stunning sight. The museum is also surrounded by magnificent mountains, and lovely mountain plants bloom from spring to fall. The museum is open from late April to mid-November.
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    337 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 4-2-22
    This is a private art museum in the center of Matsumoto City. The museum houses a collection of pieces by artists connected to Matsumoto City such as world-famous avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, calligrapher Shinzan Kamijo, and lifelong Shinshu (Nagano) natural vista painter Kazuo Tamura. Special exhibitions and exhibitions of works submitted by the general public are held at the museum several times each year. A 12-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station.

    The Municipal Museum is dedicated to the artist YOYOI KUSAMA, a unique artist with a unique, colorful and eye-catching style.

  • Rokuzan Art Museum
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 5095-1
    This facility was opened in 1958 with the goal of preserving the works of Rokuzan Ogiwara, nicknamed the “Rodin of the East.” In addition to his masterpiece carvings such as “Woman” and “Despair,” the museum also displays the works of Kotaro Takamura, who was deeply connected to Rokuzan. The impressive building, covered in ivy and church-like in appearance, is beloved as a symbol of the Azumino region. A 10-minute walk from JR Hotaka Station.

    This art museum is not a big one but the building is so beautiful. You can walk from Hotaka station and there's a good soba shop nearby.

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2052-2
    This art museum collects and exhibits works with a theme of ''artists who crossed the oceans.'' Its primary collection features works by artists including Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Shusaku Arakawa, Atsuko Tanaka, and Ayako Rokkaku. The museum also features a gallery where visitors can purchase artwork. Admission includes a complementary cup of tea and a snack, allowing visitors to soak up impressions of the artwork at a relaxed pace. The museum closes over the winter from late November to mid-April. It is a five-minute drive from JR Karuizawa Station.

    if you like Japanese contemporary art, visit this place. unlike the famous Saison Art Museum, this place is small but contains several important artists' work, such as Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama...

  • Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunmatsukawamura Nishihara 3358-24
    This art museum located inside of the Azumino Chihiro Park in the Matsukawa Village district of Kita-Azumi County, Nagano Prefecture collects and displays works by picture book artists from around the world including Chihiro Iwasaki. In addition to displays about Chihiro’s representative works, related items, and career, the museum also introduces the history of picture books and a collection of original pictures from picture books around the world. The museum is complete with facilities sure to delight children such as a reading room where they can read their choice from approximately 3,000 picture books as well as a play area for small children. There is also a picture book café where visitors can relax while gazing out at Japan’s Northern Alps (Hida Mountains).
  • Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 815
    Located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture, this private art museum exhibits the works it owns created by artist Hiroshi Senju, a modern Japanese painter who is active around the world. The building was designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa and has large glass windows that give it a bright and spacious atmosphere. It also has a beautiful garden with various trees and plants, and is a creative space that achieves harmony with nature. The museum holds exhibitions that introduce Senju’s works as well as special exhibitions according to different themes. There are also a bakery café and shop, and guests can relax and enjoy art and nature.
  • Museum & Cottage Morinoouchi
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 2215-9
    This is an art museum within Akamatsu Forest, Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture, displaying mainly the original pictures from contemporary picture books from Japan and abroad. They collect original pictures from works such as Bernadette Watts’ The Little Match Girl and Delia Cancela’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and several times a year hold planned exhibits. They give particular attention to the works of Kenji Miyazawa. There are a number of facilities including library with around 8,000 picture books, a museum shop, and cafe where one can enjoy handmade cake and lunch. Also popular as a wedding venue, cottage accommodation is available too.
  • Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Iyama 2941-1
    This art museum which opened in 2010 displays 100 works of Iiyama City resident doll maker Mayumi Takahashi. It is a popular spot where visitors can enjoy recalling their hometowns, the expressions of the grandma and grandpa dolls—looking like they are about to chatter—bringing back nostalgic memories. On weekends and holidays there is often a queue to get inside. The dolls on display are changed around twice a year. The nearest station is Kita-Iiyama Station.

    It was a great time for me to have a chance to visit this museum in march 2014! Lots of elaborate dolls are exhibited with the nice lighting. I could see the exhibition inside the museum consist of...

  • Nobutaka Oka Collection Suzaka Classic Museum
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    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Suzaka 371-6
    A museum in Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture, housed inside the former estate of the family Maki, who made its fortune in the Meiji period through silk. The museum stores and displays a collection of some 2,000 folk crafts, kimono, and other items donated by Japanese painter Nobutaka Oka. Here you can view kimono used by common people from the Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods. The museum also holds themed exhibitions. The museum building was made with luxurious materials and tasteful design touches and craftsmanship can be observed throughout, hinting at the lifestyle wealthy merchant’s enjoyed in the Meiji period.
  • Kouko Fukazawa Nonohana Flower Museum
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    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town Shiozawa Lake 217
    This art museum is located within “Karuizawa Taliesin,” a leisure facility located on the lakeside of Lake Shiozawa in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. It is on the second floor of the Western-styled Karuizawa Post Office, built in 1911. It contains and displays 200 watercolor paintings of Kouko Fukazawa, a Western-style painter who loved Karuizawa and painted many plateau flowers. You can also see displays with seasonal themes or recreated ateliers. The first floor is an Italian restaurant with good pasta.
  • Musée PEYNET
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 217
    Musée PEYNET is located within Karuizawa Taliesin. On display are personal painting tools and original paintings by the French artist Raymond Peynet. Here you can see the “Lovers” series of works painted by Peynet. Different exhibitions and events are held three times a year. The building makes use of the atelier villa designed by Czech architect Antonin Raymond. Opening times vary depending on the time of year so please check in advance.
  • Karuizawa New Art Museum
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1151-5
    Artworks from the postwar period of Japan to the present day are exhibited here. The art museum was created with the intention to publicize outstanding artworks both domestically and internationally. Exhibitions display works not only from Japanese contemporary artists but from overseas artists too. The museum has invented itself to appeal to the expectations of art fans from all over the world. The museum houses a restaurant, café and shop where you can get some KaNAM original goods which can only be purchased here.
  • Azumino Jansem Museum
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 4018-6
    This art museum is located along Prefectural Route 308 in Hotakaariake, Azumino City. It opened in 1993 as the first museum in the world to focus on the works of Armenian painter Jean Jansem, who did his work in France. The exhibitions feature Jansem’s oil paintings, watercolors, sketches, and woodblock prints, though sometimes works by other domestic and international artists are exhibited as well. The adjoining cafe offers a place to relax, and you can also enjoy a stroll through the verdant garden.

    フランスのジャンセンの美術館 平日行ったのでひっそりとしてました 森の中の美術館美術館です 展示室が暗く絵画だけは明るく浮き出る演出は良かったです 椅子も置いてあるので鑑賞しやすいです 私が訪れた時は最初の展示室はライトが決してあって何も見えず戸惑ってると 職員がすみませんってライトつけてくれましたが経費節約?? 入場料も高くて碌山美術館やちひろ美術館の方がいいかも・・・ ライトつけに来た印象ばか...

  • Azumino Municipal Museum of Modern Art, TOYOSHINA
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Toyoshina 5609-3
    This art museum is located near the Azumino City Hall Toyoshina office. It features approximately 2,000 of painter Yoshihei Miya’s works, some of which inspired Mori Ogai’s novels. There are also about 200 works by Hiroatsu Takata, a giant of Japanese modern sculpture, and about 170 sketches by Kuni Kobayashi. The regular exhibitions aim to showcase the artists’ entire careers. There’s also a free garden modeled after a medieval monastery.
  • Okuma Art Museum
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 7403-10
    This art museum is in Hotakaariake, Azumino City. Here, you’ll find Christmas plates from Denmark, botanical art, first editions of Hans Christian Andersen’s works, and more on display. There’s also an adjoining cafe, the “Azumino Library,” which serves cake and tea served in Royal Copenhagen earthenware to cap off your viewing experience.

    ロイヤルコペンハーゲンがお好きな方にはオススメの美術館です。併設されたカフェでは素敵な食器で美味しいコーヒーをいただけます。

  • Azumino Mount Museum
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakariake 3613-26
    This art museum is located in Hotakaariake, Azumino City. It opened in 1983 and is based on the concept of “displaying only mountain paintings at the base of the Northern Alps.” Permanent exhibits include works by Genichiro Adachi, Mizuki Kato, famous mountain painters, and currently active artists who specialize in depicting mountains.

    松林にある、小さな山小屋美術館ですが、山の絵を中心に展示された作品は興味深かったです。風景画がお好きな方にもオススメの美術館です。

  • Takahashi Setsuro Art Museum of Azumino
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotakakitahotaka 408-1
    This lacquer art museum is located along Prefectural Route 307 in Hotakakitahotaka, Azumino City. You’ll find everything from traditional lacquerware to art made using new techniques pioneered by Setsuro Takahashi, a native of Hotaka. You’ll also find Takahashi’s parents’ home, which is a Registered Tangible Cultural Property and can give you an idea about what life in Azumino was like at the time.
  • North Alps Viewing Museum of Art (Ikeda Public Museum of Art)
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunikedamachi Aisome 7782
    You’ll find this art museum in “Azumino Ikeda Craft Park” located in Aisome, Ikeda Town. Daigoro Yamashita, Ikutaro Okuda, Takako Kojima, and Giichi Shinoda, all artists with deep connection to Azumino, have permanent exhibits here, and there are also special exhibitions from time to time. You can enjoy the view of the Northern Alps in the background as well.
  • Yatsugatake Museum of Art (Hara Village Historical Folk customs archives)
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Suwagunharamura 17217-1611
    This village art museum is located along Prefectural Route 484 in Hara Village, Suwa County. You’ll find works by sculptor Takashi Shimizu and author Kakusen Tsugane, both Hara Village natives, as well as exhibits featuring Jomon-era earthenware and stoneware excavated after the village’s transfer. There are also special exhibits featuring Yatsugatake authors’ works. You’ll find a walking path around the museum, allowing you to survey outdoor sculptures and the natural scenery at the base of Mt. Yatsugatake.

    全国で初の村営の美術館です。原村出身の彫刻家・清水多嘉示の作品の常設展示に加えて、八ヶ岳周辺の縄文文化の出土品も展示されています。この美術館の一番良い点は、周りの緑に溶け込んでいる、建築家・村野藤吾の設計による大変ユニークな建物です。連続ドーム型で大変ユニークなデザインです。外から見てもおもしろいのですが、内部に入るととても気持ちの良い空間が広がり、周りの緑も見ながらゆっくり展示を見て回ることがで...

  • Hakuba Saegusa Art Museum
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou Misorano 2935
    You’ll find this art museum in Hokujo, Hakuba Village. The collection includes works by over 80 painters, including mountain artists Kazuo Tamura, Shinichiro Adachi and Daigoro Yamashita as well as Kiyoshi Yamashita, Yayoi Kusama, and others. The exhibits feature over 100 different works showcasing various perspectives of Hakuba and the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains). After enjoying the works, relax in the tea room while gazing at the over 300 types of flowers in the garden.

    ゆかりのある画家たちの作品が たくさん 収蔵しており 館長さんの 説明に感心したり驚いたり 感激しました。今となっては 貴重な絵がたくさんありました。来て良かったです。

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country's most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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