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“Combined with other Obuse Activities, a Good Idea”
Review of Hokusai-kan

Hokusai-kan
Ranked #1 of 5 Shopping in Obuse-machi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Obuse has a lot to see: sake breweries, Ganshoin & Jokoji Temples, chestnut dessert cafes, and the Hokusei Museum. Combining this museum with these other activities makes the museum well worth the visit, but I certainly would not go out of my way if it were the only thing I was going to see (unless you're a Hokusei fanatic).

The museum presents the work in simple displays, most with English descriptions. There's a break-down of the famous angry waves Views of Mt Fuji #1, but the ceiling paintings of ceremonial carts are really the show stealer here.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We were staying in Shiga kogen and for an off day, visited Obuse and the museum. Getting there from Shiga kogen was easy enough if a little convoluted. A bus to Yudanaka train station via Hasuike (where you change buses) and then a train to Obuse. The staff at the train station come up to you as soon as you wander in and ask 'Nagano?' to which we replied 'Obuse' and they operate the ticket machine for you and then make sure you get on the right train. Wonderful!

Obuse itself is lovely to wander around, in particular the area where the Hokusai museum is. There is a whole collection of shops selling all things chestnut and apple related. While it was touristy, it didn't feel overly so. It was understated. The museum itself was interesting with wonderfully preserved prints but we had hoped to see a few more of the actual blocks themselves. Make sure you go upstairs where there is a time series of the creation of one of the prints with the results of each layer of printing.

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

We visited the Hokusai Museum at Obuse as part of a Ski Japan tour to the Jigokudani onsen monkeys. We ate lunch in a lovely restaurant and then crossed the square to this small museum dedicated solely to Katsushika Hokusai (born 1760 died 1849), the great Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. His woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji includes the internationally recognised print, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. Two high points were, firstly, the room displaying the successive one colour prints of the Wave needed to create the final result, and the actual sedan chairs with Hokusai’s painted ceilings used as floats in Obuse festivals. Sensational work, and very accessible in this excellent small museum.

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