Sagawa Art Museum
Sagawa Art Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,807 contributions
無機質ながらも整然とした神殿のような建物、水面に浮かぶ佐藤忠良氏の彫刻作品、陰影を巧みに利用した館内、単に美術品を展示する美術館ではなく、建物そのものが素晴らしい美術的センスに溢れている。特に晴れた日には水面に照り返された陽の光が天井や壁に映り、時間と共に変化する様子を楽しむことも出来る。
美術品の展示の仕方は極めてシンプルで、余計な説明も少なく、全て観覧者の想像を掻き立てるように展示されている。日本語だけでなく英語の説明文も併記されているため、海外観光客も充分に楽しむことが出来る。
基本的に車で来る場所であり、バスの本数は多くは無い。予め時刻表等を確認して利用することをお勧めする。
是非ともお勧めしたい、展示されている美術品だけでなく建物そのものが素晴らしい美術館である。

The museum itself is full of wonderful artistic sensibilities: the inorganic yet orderly temple-like building, the sculptures by Churyo Sato arranged as if floating on the water surface, and the interior of the museum with its skillful use of shadows.
Especially on a sunny day, the sunlight shining on the surface of the water reflects on the ceiling and walls, and you can enjoy how it changes with time.
The artworks are displayed in a very simple way, with few explanations, and all of them are designed to stimulate the visitors' imagination. The explanations are not only in Japanese but also in English, making it possible for overseas visitors to enjoy the exhibits.
Basically, it is a place to come by car, and there are not many buses. So it is recommended to check the timetable beforehand.
I highly recommend this art museum, not only for the artworks on display but also for enjoying the building itself.
Written February 13, 2021
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Shlomi T
Nagano, Japan1,389 contributions
Great museum, just pity that they do not have English on the non-permanent exhibition. Just introduction, but explanation on each exhibit is only in Japanese.
It is a gorgeous building, very beautiful from outside.
The top-selling point of the exhibition is the basement with the famous ceramics of Raku
Written May 23, 2021
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kobekko
Kobe93 contributions
Friends
This museum may surprise unassuming visitors with two distinctive features. One feature is its attractive building and the surrounding. The buildingt is designed not only to appear floating on the expanse of water pool (presumably to emphasize its adjacency to Lake Biwa, but also to emulate traditional Japanese timber building structure. The other feature is its exhibits. They are the works of only three Japanese artists, with each artist specializing in different art forms. If you happen to be a fan of any featured artist, you will certainly find the museum worthwhile to visit. However, I would say that, even for those whose visits are mere happenstances, it offers a rare opportunity to ponder upon artistry.
A typical museum displays a diverse collection of artworks produced by a variety of artists. As such, it can easily make typical visitors impressed by its overwhelming agglomeration of artworks, but it is not a conducive environment for anybody to appreciate the artistry of individual artists. Sagawa Art Museum has obviously taken a different tack from the norm, and it has narrowly focused on three featured artists who are all regarded as accomplished artists in their respective fields of artistry. Naturally, one can see a fair number of artworks by each featured artist, and that provides a rare opportunity for a visitor to appreciate his artistry and its characteristics, and also to ponder upon artistry in general.
Now let me share with our readers my own reflections, which are inevitably “biased,” on the three featured artists.
The museum’s champion of Japanese painting is Mr. Ikuo Hirayama. His fame largely stems from his painting of sceneries along the Silk Road. Evocative style of his painting has suited to the exotic image that many Japanese have of the Silk Road as the ancient cultural collider between the East and the West. His works in the museum clearly indicate that he was the first-class “writer” of travelogue in painting. However, his painting of ravaged Salayevo, entitled “the Prayer for Peace” reveals that he is no Picaso.
The champion of sculpture is Mr. Churyo Sato. The museum exhibits not only a fair number of his sculptures, but also his drawings as well as some of his thoughts on art. These exhibits have collectively given me the impression that he strived to prove, through his artworks, that the equation “natural”=”beautiful” holds true, and the exhibits have indeed made me feel comfortable with this theory.
The champion of ceramic work is Mr. Kichizaemon Raku, the 15th house-master of Raku-Yaki ceramic ware. This household has a long and illustrious history of producing ceramic ware for tea ceremony, and the museum exhibits the pieces made by the current house-master. Art of tea ceremony has always had some elements of unorthodoxy from its inception in the 13th century, which is typically represented by the unorthodox shapes and colorings of tea bowls, or in the minimalist characteristics of the setting (room, house, or outdoor). Raku ceramic ware has led this trend, and his contemporary work is no exception. The museum exhibits also suggest that unorthodoxy without sound philosophy runs the risk of degenerating to decadence.
Hopefully, the above personal reflections have increased the reader’s interest in visiting the museum. If not, my apology.
Incidentally, the museum is accessible by public transportation. Bus service to the museum is available from Katata station on the JR Kosei Line. Be aware that this station is located on the opposite side of Lake Biwa, and the bus crosses the bridge over the lake. Although the service is rather infrequent, one can adjust the timing to catch the bus from the museum, as the in-house café/restaurant serves tasteful coffee, and provides the place to ponder upon artistry.
Written December 10, 2013
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Rosemary Jones
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We were taken by friends to visit this Art Museum knowing nothing really about it but after experiencing especially the Raku Kichizaemon exhibition, it was indeed one of the highlights of our trip. We loved it and think about the experience often.
Written February 14, 2018
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Maneki-neko
Kurashiki, Japan16,454 contributions
Solo
Surrounded by water, the museum appears to "float". Bronze statuary around the museum by Sato Churyo.
Written June 16, 2012
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Maruf_Haque_Khan
Dhaka City, Bangladesh379 contributions
Friends
It's a great place to enjoy Architecture and art. Most the places it's prohibited to capture of the photo but you are allowed to take photos in the "Alice in the Science World" gallery which is very funny and interesting part.
Written February 15, 2019
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nancy c
new york city169 contributions
Couples
À spectacular set of buildings with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains , the Sagawa Art museum near Lake Biwa is worth a trip from Kyoto for those interested in modern architecture and Raku pottery. Since special exhibitions are part of the mix, visitors should check the website to find out what other artists are being exhibited in the space. The SAM cafe has a vegan option (soba noodles with Yuba), cake, sherbet and great coffee, with views over the surrounding pond. The museum is accessible by public transit, Tozai subway to Yamashina, JR line to Katata , Keihan bus, about one hour and a half from central Kyoto.
Written October 8, 2018
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ananasjapan
Tokyo, Japan28 contributions
Traditional Japanese Tea ceremony goods from Raku Kichizaemon. The collection is the best in Japan. You will not be able to find this much collection in Kyoto either. If you are found of Japanese Tea Ceremony or near Kyoto area, I recommend to visit.
Written March 1, 2017
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Craig C
16781863303 contributions
Couples
As other reviewers have noted, the architecture is incredible. The interior display arrangements are state-of-the-art. But the facility surpasses the contents. Three artists only are exhibited and I assume that this place is the residual depository of their work. Some of the Silk Road water colors are good, but too many are just so- so. Same goes for the ceramics. The bronzes pieces are almost all of museum quality. Overall, an incredible place well worth visiting but maybe in need of a more demanding curator. Recommended.
Written January 17, 2017
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RRla
los angeles, CA172 contributions
Friends
It's not easy to get there if you don't drive. Even though one can take JR kine to Tatada station, bus connection is not frequent. The museum structure is pretty plain but the surrounding water makes it an interesting architecture. The tea house tour requires another entrance fee and appointment. If you don't speak Japanese, it may not be a good idea to visit. This museum clearly caters to Japanese only.
Written August 29, 2013
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