In Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, Central Chubu Region (Japan) there is an extremely interesting and unique open-air museum in the world. This museum is located completely outdoors and is at an altitude of 2,000 on the top of a mountain with beautiful natural scenery. It is called the Utsukushigahara museum.
The Japan Travel page describes: “On the Utsukushigahara Plateau overlooking the city of Ueda and the Nagano plains in northern Japan, there is a very lively and impressive sculpture ‘garden’.”
Because the museum is located at an altitude of 2,000m, if you visit this place, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-covered mountains, plus admire countless impressive works of art.
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It is known that the open-air museum Utsukushigahara was established in June 1981. The museum is located on grassland with an area of 130,000 square meters. It includes a picture art museum, a light museum and a children’s museum.
Utsukushigahara Plateau has long attracted the attention of tourists from all over the world. In summer, more than 200 kinds of wildflowers bloom creating a beautiful fairy-tale scene.
From its highest point in Ogato, one can enjoy panoramic views of its surroundings, including the Japanese Alps, Mount Asama, Yatsugatake, and Mount Fuji.
In addition to the natural scenery, when entering the “exhibition hall”, visitors are greeted by a 3m-long marble sculpture in the shape of a thumb. The 130,000 square meter exhibition space houses more than 350 contemporary sculptures, both figurative and abstract, from around the world. There are even sculptures that move with the wind or reflect light and surroundings.
How to get to Utsukushigahara?
The museum is usually open from late April to mid-November. Admission is 200,000 VND.
To get to Utsukushigahara, visitors can travel by train from Tokyo. Take the Azusa Train or the Super Azusa Limited-Express from Shinjuku Station. Get off at Matsumoto Station and catch a bus or taxi along the Venus Line via Tobiratoge.
During the summer Bon festival (early August to around August 16), round trip bus service is provided once a day from the Matsumoto Bus Terminal in front of Matsumoto Station. The journey takes about 1 hour 40 minutes.
In addition to the Utsukushigahara Museum, Nagano City also has many famous tourist attractions. These include Togakushi Shrine – a complex of five Shinto shrines in the mountains above Nagano; Matsushiro Castle; Matsushiro Military and Literary School – National Historic Site located next to Matsushiro Castle; Museum city, Daimon-cho district – old merchant houses from the Taisho period, Zenkoji Nakamise-dori Street…
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