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Museum of Contemporary Art Karuizawa
The Museum of Contemporary Art Karuizawa is an art museum displaying works from world famous Japanese artists like Kusama Yayoi, Nara Yoshitomo, Arakawa Shusaku, Rokkaku Ayako, and so on. Along with the admission fee into the museum, you can also get a tea and snack treat for your visit. In the café corner, you can also find Mariage Freres black tea as well as the local specialty of Shinshu, apple juice. As long as there is a person in the picture, you’re allowed to take photos of the exhibits. This makes the Museum of Contemporary Art Karuizawa one of the only art museums in Japan that allows photos of its exhibits.
- 2052-2 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
- Contact No.
- 5-minute drive from JR Karuizawa Station. Or from the north exit of the JR Karuizawa Station, take a Chonai Junkan Bus headed for Naka-Karuizawa and get off at the Toshokan-mae bus stop from which it is a 5-minutes walk.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays (open in case of Golden week holidays, open every day during summer), also closed from December to the middle of April.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
- 1000 yen (free snack and drink included)
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Substantial Exhibition of Works by Kusama Yayoi
In the Museum of Contemporary Art Karuizawa, you can find a substantial amount of works by the vigorous world famous artist, Kusama Yayoi. She is recognized as the icon of Japanese contemporary art. Her works are often noted by the use of dots and evoke great feelings of enthusiasm and energy.
Museum full of “Kawaii” Cute Goods
In the museum shop, you can find all kinds of goods available such as small motif goods of the works of artists like Kusama Yayoi, and Nara Yoshitomo, as well as items from the representative world-renowned stationary store of modern art, Chronicle Books. There are also original museum goods like tote bags and notebooks. While many of the items and accessories in the shop will change over time, you can always count on it overflowing with “kawaii” cute goods.