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Rokuzan Art Museum

You will find this beautiful art museum nestled in the heart of Hotaka. Built in 1958 with the help of 300,000 local volunteers, it is a memorial to one of the region’s most prominent artists. The museum showcases the works of Rokuzan Ogiwara, a pioneer of modern Japanese sculpture, as well as those of his respected friends and colleagues.

In addition to the museum’s artwork, the museum’s all-brick and stained glass design is quite impressive. Built to resemble a church, the founders of the museum wanted to convey the artist’s Christian beliefs. On a sunny day, the museum grounds offer many wooden benches, which are great for relaxing and enjoying the architecture and the outdoor scupltures.

Many of Rokuzan’s sculptures seem to represent struggle and inner turmoil, which is reflected in his own personal life. At the age of 16, he was diagnosed with heart disease and struggled with health problems for the rest of his life. One of his most famous sculptures, and the last before his death, is simply titled Onna (Woman). This figure captures another struggle which Rokuzan endured, for the sculpture is said to represent that of his best friend’s wife, who Rokuzan secretly loved.

Japanese Name Rokuzan Bijutsukan (碌山美術館)
Access 7 minute walk from JR Hotaka Station
15 minute drive from the Azumino Interchange
(Google Map)
Admission Y700 for adults
Y300 for HS / Y150 for ES
See out site for a discount addmission, print out this page.
Closed Mondays, days after holidays
*Open everyday during May to October
Hours 9am-17:10pm (Mar to Oct)
9am-16:10pm (Nov to Feb)
*doors close 30min. prior to closing hour
Address 5095-1 Hotaka
Tel 0263-82-2094
Japanese Web page

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