past exhibition
 The exhibition period has been extended until July 26.
However, it is closed for maintenance from June 2 to June 30.
Koumi-machi Kougen Museum of Art will present a large-scale solo exhibition by Shinnosuke Tojo, an actively engaged artist who has participated in various artist residencies both in Japan and overseas and is the recipient of the Grand Prize in VOCA2019, a gateway to success for young artists working in painting, photography and other 2D media. Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1978, Tojo graduated in Sculpture from the Department of Fine Arts at Tokyo Zokei University in 2004, and completed his studies as a research student (printmaking) at the same university in the following year. Tojofs practice combines 2D works in which seemingly involuntary scratch marks, paint and transfers are applied to metal plate to depict virtual images and imagined landscapes, as well as sculpture and installation series in which objects retaining the traces and memories of others are invested with the artistfs personal vision. This exhibition will feature a major work produced in the artistfs studio in Koumi Town, in addition to works that utilize the unique spaces within and outside the museum. The body cannot sense the transformations occurring in things that enter through the mouth. Nevertheless, we hope this exhibition will bring visitors to recall transformations in some form or another.


An art museum in the middle of nature

 Located in Matsubara Heights, at the base of the magnificent Mt. Yatsugatake, Koumi Machi Kougen Museum of Art was planned on the theme of gharmony and fusion between man and nature.h Set in the natural landscape of the slope of Matsubara heights, with abundant nature all around, the museum is open and spacious reflecting its surroundings. By enjoying art we can come in contact with nature.Through encouraging creativity and welcoming hearts, this is a museum for everyone.

Tadao Ando Architect and Associates

General Information


On Tuesdays; when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following Wednesday
Also closed the day after National Holidays, when changing the exhibits and during the winter period ifrom the end of December to the end of Marchj

Opening Hours  

09:00- 17:00
Last entry is at 16:30

Admission Fee
Adults    Y500 (400)
Free for high school students and younger.
(The figure in brackets refers to the group rate; applicable for groups of 20 or more).

Free parking is available for up to 100 cars
There is also parking available for tour buses.

Visitors to the museum are asked not to take photographs, use ball pens, fountain pens, brushes or other writing materials inside the museum. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Visitors to the museum are asked not to smoke inside the premises.

Visitors are requested to follow the instructions of the attendants.


By train

Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Sta. Transfer to the Koumi Line and get off at Koumi Sta.Alternately if on the Chuou Line, transfer at Kobuchizawa Sta. for the Koumi Line and get off at Koumi Sta. In front of Koumi Sta. get on a bus bound for Koumi Refex and get off at bijutsukanmae.Alternately get a taxi to bijutsukanmae. This should take approximately 20 minutes.

By car

On the Chuo Expressway turn off at Sutama IC. Follow Route 141 until you see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately 4km past the lake.On the Chubu-oudan Expressway turn off at Saku-minami I.C. Follow Route 141 until you see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately 4km past the lake.

Building Details

Main Building 2 Storeys
Observatory 3 Storeys
The Building is made from concrete.
Total area: 7667.73m2
Building area: 1188.42m2
Extended floor surface 1583.22 m2

Museum Information

1.      Entrance
2.      Hallway
3.      Theatre
4.      Restaurant "cafe Hanasarasa"
5.      Museum Office
6.      Ramp way
7.      Observatory
8.      Exhibit Room No.1
9.      Exhibit Room No.2
10.  Exhibit Room No.3
11.  Inner Garden


From the observatory you can see the whole museum with Mt. Yatsugatake in the background. When you leave the museum why not climb up and take a look?