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A must-see if you are going to Nagano Prefecture! 7 Fascinating Museums and Art Museums Recommended

A must-see if you are going to Nagano Prefecture! 7 Fascinating Museums and Art Museums Recommended

2023-09-14 Management office

It is said that "about 10% of Japan's museums and art galleries are located in Nagano Prefecture. "From Nagano Prefecture Tourism Official Website "
There are many artists and historical figures associated with Nagano, so it is no surprise that there are many fascinating art galleries and museums in the area. However, many people are not sure which of the many museums is the best one to include in their travel plans.
This article presents a selection of fascinating museums and art galleries that we recommend to those who are not sure what to expect.

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

This museum was opened in April 2002 as "Matsumoto's Museum of the Forest of Learning to Open the Heart of Matsumoto.
Matsumoto City is the birthplace of Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan's most famous artists. From the artwork in front of the entrance of the museum, the Kusama world is already in full swing.
"Not only cute ", but also interesting, dynamic, and eccentric. You will definitely want to take pictures from every angle! Some of the exhibits can only be seen here, so it's a must-see.

Kusama's world is in full bloom everywhere!

Although photography is prohibited in many parts of the museum, it is filled with extravagant exhibits because of Yayoi Kusama's birthplace. Photography is not allowed, so please experience the art of Yayoi Kusama's soul firsthand.
One of the museum's attractions is that Yayoi Kusama's little tricks are used in the trash cans, vending machines, and even the toilets in the museum.
It will reopen on April 22, 2022, so be sure to visit the reborn Matsumoto City Museum of Art when you visit Nagano Prefecture.

"Facility Information "
Name: Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Address: 4-2-22 Chuo, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture
Phone number: 0263-39-7400
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Closed: Monday
Admission: Adults ¥410, University and college students ¥200
URL: https://matsumoto-artmuse.jp/

Azumino Chihiro Art Museum

This museum was built in 1997 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo.
The director of the museum is Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. The museum is lined with the works of Chihiro Iwasaki, a famous picture book artist.
There will also be an exhibit where visitors can encounter Chihiro's paintings according to the season and the works of picture book artists from around the world. "Chihiro Iwasaki said, "I really like peaceful, rich, beautiful and pretty things. " This entire museum is filled with an atmosphere that will make you feel warm and fuzzy, just like Chihiro's paintings.

Museum where both adults and children can relax and enjoy themselves.

The warm colors of the wood and natural light sprinkled inside the museum create an inviting space.
Inside the museum, visitors can relax and forget about everyday life by looking at paintings or sitting in the chairs and enjoying the view outside. The moment you enter, the stylish yet nostalgic atmosphere creates a calming ambiance.

It is also attractive for children to have a space to enjoy.
This is because the exhibits inside the museum are at a height that is easy for children to see, and the fixtures are made in children's sizes.
This museum is a great place for children to experience their first museum.
There is also a "picture book café" in the museum, where visitors can enjoy self-serve coffee and apple juice from Shinshu. This is a family-friendly museum. Why not spend a relaxing day in the "Chihiro Iwasaki" space?

"Facility Information "
Name: Azumino Chihiro Art Museum
Address: 3358-24, Nishihara, Matsukawa-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano, Japan
Phone number: 0261-62-0772
Hours of Operation: 2022 Opening hours: March 1 - November 29, 10:00 - 17:00 (until 16:00 in March)
Closed: Wednesdays (holiday hall, closed on the following weekday)
2022 5/4 (Wed) 11/23 (Wed) Open 5/6 (Fri) 11/24 (Thu) Closed
Admission: Adults ¥900 No admission for students under college age

Shinshu Kobushi Hokusaikan

This museum is dedicated to Katsushika Hokusai, the Edo ukiyoe artist famous for works such as "and ".
The fact is that Obuse, where the museum is located, is associated with Hokusai, as it is where he was sheltered by a local wealthy farmer, who gave him what is now called a studio.
The museum is also popular among overseas tourists, largely due to the influence of the screening of the movie "HOKUSAI "in 2020, which is a loop to the fascination of Hokusai's ukiyo-e prints.

Inside the museum, Hokusai's charms are concentrated.

The museum has special exhibits that bring Ukiyo-e to life, as well as exhibits on the book readers who were close friends of Hokusai.
The famous "Fugoku 36 Keiken "is on display, as well as rare works from the Hokusai Museum collection, so even those who are not interested in Ukiyo-e will be drawn in by the exhibits.
A visit to this museum is sure to reveal not only the fascination of Hokusai's work at the time, but also the unique works that he left behind today and even more so in the future. You will be able to enjoy the charm of Hokusai, who is respected by artists around the world.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Shinshu Kobushi Hokusaikan
Address:485, Oaza Obuse, Obuse-cho, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano
Phone number: 026-247-5206
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: December 31 (check website for other holidays)
Admission: Adults ¥1,000 High school students ¥500 Elementary and junior high school students ¥300 Elementary school students not yet満無料

Utsukushigahara Highlands Art Museum

This museum is located in the Utsukushigahara Plateau. The Utsukushi-ga-hara Plateau is located at an altitude of 2,000 meters and is home to more than 200 varieties of alpine flora, making it "the most beautiful plateau in Japan with alpine flora.
The first floor of the museum building is a roadside station and the second floor is an art museum. In addition, the outdoor exhibition space is vast, covering an area of about 40,000 tsubo, and with a permanent collection of about 350 contemporary sculptures, the museum can be said to be sufficiently satisfying.

Art that changes its appearance depending on the climate and time of day

The main attraction of the Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum is the contemporary sculptures in the midst of nature. There are approximately 350 works of art, each one of which will make you giggle. The interesting point of this museum is that these works look different depending on the time of day and the climate of the day.
By taking pictures from different angles and in different places, you can see many different expressions in these works. One way to enjoy them is to take pictures with family and friends and show them to each other.

Taking advantage of its elevation of 2,000 meters, you can even take pictures like this one, which looks as if it is floating in the sky. This museum is recommended for all, as you will feel as if you are lost in another world through contemporary sculptures.
It is easy to stop by while driving along the Venus Line, so please visit.

"Facility Information "
Name: Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum
Address: Utsukushi-Umegahara Plateau, Takeishi Uehoniru, Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture
Phone number: 0268-86-2331
Operating Period & Hours: Open in 2022, April 29-November 6, 9:00-17:00 (admission until 30 minutes before)
Admission: Adults ¥1,000 University/college students ¥800 Elementary/junior high school students ¥700

house with a hazy moonlit night

This is a museum that exhibits the lyrics of "Tatsuyuki Takano," who wrote well-known children's songs such as "Furusato ""Oboro Tsukiyo ""Haru ga Kita ".
Special exhibitions, special exhibitions, and concerts of Tatsuyuki Takano are held at the museum from time to time, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Tatsuyuki Takano.

A must-see! Stained glass windows inspired by songs

The attraction of this museum is the stained glass motifs inspired by famous songs such as "Furusato ""Spring Stream ".
The stained glass windows shining against the beautiful natural background draw you into the world of Tatsuyuki Takano's music.
You will definitely understand why the poem was created by coming to this museum. We hope you will enjoy this open-air museum along with the representative songs of Japan.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name:Oboro Tsukiyo no Yoru no Yakata
Address: 9549-6, Toyosato, Nozawaonsenmura, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Phone number: 0269-85-3839
Office hours: 9:00-17:00 (16:30 at the end of the day)
Closed: Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday) *Open continuously during Golden Week and year-end and New Year's holidays
Admission: Adults ¥300 Elementary and middle school students ¥150

Sanada Clan History Museum

This museum is located in Oyashiki Park and focuses on the Sanada family.
Although the museum is not very spacious, the vast amount of materials and exhibits are arranged according to chronological order. Therefore, even those who are not interested in the Sanada clan can learn about the activities of the Sanada clan as well as the historical background.

A must-see for history geeks! A vast array of documents on the Sanada clan!

The attraction of this museum is the display of a vast amount of documents, letters, materials, and armor related to the Sanada clan. The rich exhibits are a must-see for history buffs because they are so varied.
The museum is worth a visit for history buffs and non-history buffs alike, with careful explanations added. Please visit.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Sanada Clan History Museum
Address: 2984-1 Motohara, Sanada-cho, Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture
Phone number: 0268-72-4344
Hours of operation: 9:00-16:00
Closed: Tuesdays (*Open daily from July 20 to August 31)
Admission: Adults ¥250 High school students ¥160 Elementary and middle school students ¥100 Elementary school students not yet満無料

Okaya Silk Yarn Museum Silk Fact Okaya

This museum is unique in the world in that it houses a silk mill.
The name "Silk Fact" is derived from the word "factory" and the word "fact", which means that we want to be a museum that tells the truth about silk and the silk manufacturing industry.
As the name suggests, the museum offers visitors who know nothing about silk, such as the culture and origin of silk, the connection between silkworms and silk, and the process of sericultural silk industry, through exhibits and hands-on experience.
Also, the admission fee is inexpensive, despite the abundance of contents, so it is cosmetically pleasing. Please feel free to drop by.

The fascination of silk is concentrated! Numerous Exhibits and Workshops

The attraction of this museum is that visitors can discover the fascination of silk through materials and hands-on experience.
The only remaining French-style threader in Japan, which was in operation at the Tomioka Silk Mill when it was founded in 1872.
Silkworm encounter room" where you can see silkworms making cocoons right in front of you.
Mayu-chan Kobo" where you can experience various silk products (photo: weaving a mini-mat), etc.
It is satisfying enough because the charm of silk is introduced from many angles.

"Facility Information "
Name: Okaya Silk Yarn Museum Silk Factory Okaya
Address: 1-4-8 Gouda, Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture
Phone number: 0266-23-3489
Business hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Wednesday, the day after national holidays, December 29-January 3
Admission: Adults ¥510 High school students ¥310 Elementary school students ¥160


Nagano Prefecture is intertwined with various elements of nature, culture, and history, and has many spectacular museums and art galleries.
The seven museums introduced here are all closely associated with Nagano Prefecture, so you can delve even deeper into the charms of Nagano Prefecture.
Please stop by the museum and spend an extraordinary and atmospheric time. We recommend you to do so because you will discover a different aspect of Nagano Prefecture that you knew until yesterday.

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