Today we’re going to introduce MIHO MUSEUM>>, a museum that is closed for one-third of the time in a year.
As a private art gallery located amid the abundant natural beauty of the mountains of Shigaraki , Miho Museum is probably best known of its design.
Miho Museum was designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, best known for designing the glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The design is inspired by the ethereal utopia described in the Taohua Yuan Ji (The Peach Blossom Spring), an ancient work written by Chinese poet Tao Yuanming.

Walking from the reception building , you will first led down to a walkway enveloped by weeping cherry tress, then you will pass through a tunnel and a suspension bridge.

Ta-Da! Visitors can get their first view of the museum standing in the beautiful scenery. Just like the scene describe in the ancient work Taohua Yuan Ji.

April – the cherry blossom season – is the most popular time (also the best time?!) for visiting  Miho Museum. The visitors can feel like they are in a fairy tale or utopia. The Miho Museum even has an annual cherry blossom flowering report on its website>>.

The museum’s theme is the integration of “nature, architecture and fine art”, “tradition and modernity” and “eastern and western”. More than 80 per cent of the floor area is underground, while the exterior of the building is restored naturally. “Light is the key,” said Pei. When visitors enter the Miho Museum, they are surrounded by the soft sunshine through the geometric pattern glass roof.

The museum is divided into the south building and the north building. In addition to permanent exhibitions, there are seasonal special exhibitions.

After visiting the museum, visitors can enjoy a short footage of the museum history. Through the video, you can find out how the Pei and the Owner Koyama Miho take all kind of details into consideration.




就像在美術館主頁的標籤,MIHO Museum 後面緊跟著的就是它的設計師 I.M.Pei -世界知名建築師貝聿銘先生。




美術館以「自然、建築物和美術品 」「傳統和現代」「東洋和西洋」之融合為主題。建築面積有百分之八十以上埋在地下,而建築物的外部是採用自然復原的方法。貝聿銘先生說:“光線就是關鍵。” 當遊客進入美秀美術館,會被從幾何圖形編織而成的玻璃屋頂注入的陽光柔和的包圍著。



This is the reception building. Visitors can take the shuttle bus if they don’t want to walk to the museum.

*If you stand on the centre of the circle (the little white spot on the lower left corner), you can hear your echo when you talk.

The gate of the museum. The round glass allows visitors to see a ‘painting’ through.

Pictures belongs to Miho Museum

Text with reference to the Miho Museum 

201809 Travel Photo from writer


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