Current exhibition
 Past exhibition
We are pleased to present the solo exhibition of British painter Richard Hoare. He has been living and working in Koumi-town, Nagano Prefecture these two years since the autumn of 2016. Richard Hoare was born in Ipswich, United Kingdom in 1967. Since completing Fine Art graduate studies at Cambridge College of Art and Technology, Kent Institute of Art and Design and Post Graduate Diploma at Cyprus College of Art, both solo and group exhibitions have been held based in London. Richard visited Koumi-town and he was deeply inspired by its nature.  Then he started to paint. His subject is landscape, including a view of Mt. Ogura, the peaks of the Yatsugatake from Koumi-town, Lake Matsubara, and the forest and trees.  He feels sunlight, the air and the spatial atmosphere of the seasons, the time and the change in the weather.  He then expresses the essence of these.
He loaded his painting materials into a van and traveled to do his painting like Haiku poetry master Basho who made his works during his journey. Even accidental rain drops or the snow crystals that landed on the paper made special effects unique to that location and time. This is also one of the characteristics of his works. As we can tell by his art teaching, his works are not only visual art but also reach into music and poetry.  In his Art lesson he had Koumi junior high students listen to music and then express it by brush strokes. This exhibition introduces his various works by different techniques such as oil paintings, watercolors, inks and monotypes. His view leads us to rediscover the splendors of gto see nature, to feel natureh.
 Past exhibition


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)
Elementary and Junior High School Students     Y150 (100)
(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?