A MUSEUM AT AN ALTITUDE OF 2,000 METERS
The Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum was founded in June 1981. It is the sister museum of the Hakone Open-Air Museum, and like the Hakone Open-Air Museum, it offers a special experience combining art and nature. Situated on a 2,000-meter-high plateau, the Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum boasts a panoramic view of the surrounding snowcapped mountains of the Japan Alps.
Open-air Exhibit Place
There are more than 350 sculptures located on the Utsukushi-ga-hara plateau. Works exhibit César’s “Thumb,” Alexander Liberman’s “Iliad Japan,” Bernhard Luginbühl’s “Gun for Sparow OSAKA PUNCH,” Kakuzo Tatehata’s “Fylfot 2,” Bukichi Inoue’s “My Sky Hole,” and Susumu Shingu’s “The Astral Compass,” etc. There are even sculptures that move with the wind or reflect the light and surrounding scenery. All of the sculptures show different moods according to changes in climate, time and season.
Alexander Liberman “Iliad Japan”
Bernhard Luginbühl “Gun for Sparow OSAKA PUNCH ”
Bukichi Inoue “My Sky Hole”
Kakuzo Tatehata “Fylfot 2”
Mitsuaki Sora “Fair Wind”
Igael Tumarkin “Macht Arbeit Frei? A Portrait of the Artist as a Mummy”
César Baldaccini “Thumb” (Not currently on display)
Susumu Shingu “The Astral Compass”
Open every day from July 11 to November 8 (2020) 9:00am – 5:00pm (Entry until 30 minutes prior to closing)
Utsukushi-ga-hara Daijo Parking Lot (800 cars) No charge
REST AND REFRESHMENT FACILITIES
Restaurant Compote: Dine while enjoying a view of the Museum and the mountains of the Japan Alps (seating for 400 persons) Restaurant Asanoha: A relaxed traditional-style Japanese restaurant (seating for 180 persons) Shopping Mall: Souvenir shop offering accessories, small bronze works, and products of the Utsukushi-ga-hara region.
By car from Tokyo:
Take the Shuto Expressway to the Chuo Expressway and exit at the Suwa I.C. Then follow the signs to the Venus Line roadway and take that from Kirigamine. Take the Kan-Etsu Expressway to the Joshin-Etsu Expressway and exit at the Tobu-Yunomaru I.C. Then follow the signs to Route 81 and Route 152 via Takeshi.
By train from Tokyo:
Take the Azusa or Super Azusa Limited-Express train (JR) from Shinjuku Station. Get off at Matsumoto Station and take a bus or a taxi along the Venus Line road via Tobiratoge.
(The bus runs only in summer)