The 10,000 square meter Miho Museum is designed by I.M. Pei, one of the world's leading modern architects who also designed the Grand Louvre in Paris as well as the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The museum is named after Koyama Mihiko who is one of the richest women in Japan and happened to be the founder of the museum. It is located in the forested hill west of central Koka in Shiga Prefecture.
This museum is one of the crown jewels in Japan's art collection.
Probably the highlight of the visit in this museum is its architetural design with the museum theme of contrasting steel and glass with warm stone.
The museum is consist of North and South Wing. The South Wing displays works from ancient civilizations including the Egyptians, Romans and various Asian cultures while the north wing focuses on Japanese art. The exhibits changes every year, while special exhibits change every few months.
From Ishimaya Station of JR Tokaiso Line, take Teisan bus number 150 to the Miho Museum (Usually cost 820 Yen). The bus departs from bus stop to the Miho Station.
The museum opens at 10:00 to 17:00 and admission until 16:00. It is closed during Mondays and if Monday is a National Holiday, it is closed on Tuesday. It is closed irregularly for a long period between exhibitions. Visit their website for details.
Admission fee is 1100 Yen.
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