Visiting Miho Museum

A museum where the art is upstaged by the architecture

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read


Advance reservations are currently required to visit the Museum. For the time being, the restaurant is closed; the cafe is open but its hours/menu are limited.

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Deep in the hills of Shiga Prefecture, near the pottery town of Shigaraki, is a world famous art museum. I can't actually remember any of the art I saw at Miho Museum, but I'll never forget the airy, spacious building lined with honey-colored tiles of polished stone. Large windows allow the ever-changing light and views of forested hills to flow into the space unimpeded. It is a beautiful building. The art simply couldn't compete.

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.