In addition to appreciating ancient art from around the world, it is a museum where you can pay attention to the architectural beauty that is taken from “Togenkyo”.
It is an art museum standing in the green mountains of Shigaraki located in the southern part of Shiga prefecture. It houses about 3,000 pieces of ancient art from Egypt, Greece, Rome, West Asia, South Asia, and China, as well as Japanese art such as Buddhist art and tea ceremony art. About 250 of them are exhibited at all times.
In addition to precious art appreciation, MIHO MUSEUM is attracting worldwide attention for its architectural beauty. From the reception building to the museum building, you have to move on the approach road about 500m across the valley. The space of the premises area of about 990,000 m2 is designed with the motif of "Togenkyo".
Mr. I. M. Pei who worked on the Louvre Pyramid of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France and the National Gallery of Art East Building in Washington, D. C., USA was in charge of the architecture and design. About 80 % of the museum building is buried underground in consideration of the surrounding natural environment. Once stepping into the entrance, you will be overwhelmed by the bright light shining down from the glass roof and the great panoramic view of the mountains.
When walking along the approach road from the reception building, at first, you will see a promenade with weeping cherry blossoms in spring, and then an all-over silver tunnel. The inner wall of the tunnel with stainless steel plates reflects the pink of cherry blossoms, the green of mountains, the orange of the evening sun, and creates an illusionary space that varies depending on the season and time. The reason why the gentle curve makes it difficult to see ahead is apparently a mechanism to bring expectations and excitement to the walking people.
After going through the tunnel, there is a suspension bridge of about 120m, and the museum building appears ahead of it. Under the idea of being beautifully healthy from inside your body, the menus offered at restaurants and cafes use materials grown by transparent-natural farming, which uses no pesticides or fertilizers. There is also a museum shop where you can buy souvenirs.
About 250 items from ancient oriental art to Japanese art are exhibited at all times.
Pay attention to the architectural design that imaged “Togenkyo”.
Designed by Mr. I. M. Pei, who worked on the Louvre Pyramid of the Louvre Museum.
The restaurant offers a menu that sticks to ingredients that are pesticide-free.
You are also able to enjoy the beautiful nature of each season.
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- Name in Japanese
- MIHO MUSEUM
- Postal Code
- 300 Tashiro Momotani, Shigaraki-cho, Koka city, Shiga prefecture
Mondays (if it is a national holiday, closed on the next day. )
*Possible closed period due to exhibition changes. Check website for details
- Business hour
Museum: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Last admission 3:00 p.m.)
Museum shop: 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Cafe: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Restaurant: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- 1,300 yen * Reservations are required in advance.
- MIHO MUSEUM stop by the Teisan Bus from Ishiyama Station on the JR Biwako Line.
- Credit Cards
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)