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MIHO MUSEUM

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”.

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Museum

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Photos

  • The art building was built to blend in with the mountains.

    The art building was built to blend in with the mountains.

  • The entrance to the art building with a panoramic view of architectural beauty and great nature.

    The entrance to the art building with a panoramic view of architectural beauty and great nature.

  • The tunnel reflects the beautiful scenery of the season.

    The tunnel reflects the beautiful scenery of the season.

  • Exhibiting ancient art from around the world.

    Exhibiting ancient art from around the world.

  • The museum shop is also provided.

    The museum shop is also provided.

  • The cafe and the restaurant offer menus using materials grown by "transparent-natural farming".

    The cafe and the restaurant offer menus using materials grown by "transparent-natural farming".

Reviews

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  • 蔡淑娟

    優雅清淨的地方,走過去非常舒爽,建築設計也很漂亮。

  • 孫維昭

    比起館內收藏品來講,整個博物館建築的用心規劃更具有魅力。

  • 陳曉雯

    玻璃屋頂設計會到演出天空色彩變化,不得不佩服貝聿銘大師的設計功力。

  • 香港FitnessYOU

    穿過長長的隧道後,突然眼前一片光亮恍如隔世般,猶如世外桃源般的情景浮現在眼前。

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Details

Name in Japanese
MIHO MUSEUM
Postal Code
529-1814
Address
300 Tashiro Momotani, Shigaraki-cho, Koka city, Shiga prefecture
Tel
0748-82-3411
Holidays
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.
Admission
1,300 yen * Reservations are required in advance.
Directions
MIHO MUSEUM stop by the Teisan Bus from Ishiyama Station on the JR Biwako Line.
Credit Cards
Accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)