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Address: 485 Obuse, Kamitakai-gun, Obuse-machi 381-0201, Nagano Prefecture
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Small but worth a look.

The Hokusai museum at Obuse is small and quite expensive compared to a lot of Japanese attractions (1000 yen) but worth a look if you are a fan of this classic artist and similar... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
Perth, Australia
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

As is obvious from the name, this museum displays the works of Hokasai. He was prolific. There is a short film at the beginning of the museum that tells about his life. It talks between 45 minutes to an hour to go through the whole thing. It is an easy walk from the train station with lots to see along... More 

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Hamamatsu, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This small but we'll run museum focuses on the life and work of Hokusai, who near the end of his life lived and worked in Obuse at the house of a wealthy patron. Two fifteen minute movies provide insight into his life and works, and works from various periods allow you to get a sense of his spirit, development and... More 

Thank J0nBauer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This a small museum and provides quite a good overview of works by Hokusai. The entry fee (1000 yen) relatively expensive, but we will only ever visit once.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The Hokusai museum at Obuse is small and quite expensive compared to a lot of Japanese attractions (1000 yen) but worth a look if you are a fan of this classic artist and similar artists of the style and era. There was no print of "The Wave" on display when we went, but there were plenty of other equally charming... More 

Thank XAGTKate
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This small museum which exhibit essentially Hokusai artworks .The most famous are the 36 views of mont Fuji. His painting was a major influence on Monet's work in France as he introduces realism in his painting of the impressionist. It is just beautiful. I think that the museum's print of the Great wave of Kanagawa Is the nicest one that... More 

Thank Pierre L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Driving back from the crowded snow monkey park, we decided to take a detour to see a small art museum on Obuse near Nagano. We were blown away by the well represented works of Hokusai and Hiroshige which compared views of Mount Fuji. Well worth the detour to see the low houses and charming residential area around the museum. Locals... More 

Thank MitsyCJ
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

A great small museum in the small town of Obuse; also an easy train ride from Nagano on the Nagano Dentesu. It is a short pleasant walk from the train station to the museum. We were very fortunate to catch a side by side exhibition of Hokusai and Hiroshige’s 36 views of Mt Fuji. It was wonderful to see each... More 

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Warwickshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

I really enjoyed this museum. Having not known much about Hokusai before, I felt I learned a lot and gained a great appreciation of his work. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank elu42f
Austin, TX
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

I was with a tour group and this museum was on our agenda. It is true that there is little English, but so much information is available about Hokusai in print and online that shouldn't keep you from going. There are two beautiful videos to see before entering the museum, and the shops and vendors surrounding the museum are delightful.

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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

Perhaps a letdown because we saw a huge exhibit in Paris this December of Hokusai's work, but I found the museum a little small and lacking in English considering the high entrance fee. I loved seeing more of Hokusai's works, but felt a little cheated with the high entrance fee.

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