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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

2206-1 Koshiba, Shimadach, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-47-4440
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For a fan of wood block prints, this is great but small!

If the museum was 5 times the size, I would have rated it excellent. The exhibit when we visited... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2018
CaitlinBrady
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Dakar, Senegal
Limited display of ukiyo-e paintings

The museum is located outside of Matsumoto city and one need to travel either by local train or by... read more

Reviewed December 31, 2017
Ioannis D
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Athens, Greece
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Jan 7, 2018
“For a fan of wood block prints, this is great but small!”
Dec 31, 2017
“Limited display of ukiyo-e paintings”
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2206-1 Koshiba, Shimadach, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

If the museum was 5 times the size, I would have rated it excellent. The exhibit when we visited was small but very good, and the gift store has really good reproductions (doing extensive damage to my wallet...)

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Reviewed December 31, 2017

The museum is located outside of Matsumoto city and one need to travel either by local train or by bus. The paintings on display are pretty limited and the ones that we saw were not very interesting.

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Reviewed November 21, 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the visit since it filled in the gaps on the art form. It has a changing exhibition so they do show different prints by season. It is well presented, excellent staff and good gift shop to pick up your arte nic nacs.

Thank LondonTell
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Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

This museum has the largest private collections of ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) in the world. The Sakai family, one of Matsumoto's wealthiest merchants of his time, has collected more than 100,000 pieces over several generations. There's a great film which shows how woodblock prints are made.

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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

Our only bad experience in Japan. All the information says "the central feature of the museum is its extensive collection of the pictures and prints of Hokusai". The brochure also refers to excellent collections of Utamaro, Kuniyoshi, Honen and Kiyochika. What it doesn't say that...More

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Reviewed May 5, 2017

On the recommendation by the tourist information centre at Matsumoto Train Station, we caught a taxi to this museum, which was well worth it. It was only 10-15 minutes and not expensive. The exterior of the building would have you thinking you are at the...More

Thank Azette L
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Reviewed January 28, 2017

Like several other of the reviewers, I found it staggeringly overpriced (Y1000) and inaccessible in every way. Tiny display which, as others have noted, could be seen free of charge and with much less effort in just about any decent art museum anywhere in the...More

Thank Jeremy H
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Reviewed November 1, 2016

A little out-of-town, but supremely worth the taxi-fare out there. A private collection, which is not overwhelming. There is also a 30-minute audiovisual, which really helps one understand the Japanese wood-block printing prices (English vocals).

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Reviewed October 14, 2016

Quite a walk to get from the nearest station, but we enjoyed it. Price is 1000¥ but you can make your own prints free of charge. Buy a print from the original block if you have 10 000¥ to spend!

Thank fairtrader
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Reviewed August 1, 2016

The museum is a fair way out of matsumoto. Easiest to get to by taxi from the station. The building is ugly. Getting back to the station is easiest by walking about 1km to the local railway station. As you get on the train take...More

1  Thank 672davidsonm
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