Hikaru Museum
Hikaru Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
HIKARU MUSEUM is located in the city of Takayama. The building is reminiscent of the remains of Maya civilization,and there are exhibition rooms of art,history and natural history. It has about 2,000 works of art,including the national treasure "Tachi :Long Sword forged by Yasutsugu",and in particular a lot of contemporary calligraphys of TESHIMA YUKEI and his pupils. In the field of Modern japanese paintings,it has art works of Taikan, Shoen, Kiyokata and others. In the field of Ukiyo-e, it has "Thirty-six views of Mt.Fuji" by Hokusai, "The Fifty-three stations of the Tokaido highway" by Hiroshige and many handwriting ukiyo-e works. In Western paintings, art works of such as Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir. It has historical materials around the world mainly Maya and Inca. It has also natural history materials and exhibits fossils in the Hida area and dinosaur models.
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DayTrip31370575588
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Couples
This places is amazing, a art piece of architecture. A must see and experience if you are in the area.
Written 3 July 2023
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Japan Fan
3 contributions
Oct 2022
My friend had a special appointment to take care of and suggested to me that I go the Hikaru Museum. I decided to go and it was magical. There was an exhibit from the Egyptian dynasty, as well as wonderful artworks and calligraphies. I'm so glad I could visit. Also, the staff were all very helpful and kind, and I was surprised at one point in my visit as there was a lovely "light show" in an assembly area. I wasn't expecting that at all! It was subtle beautiful! I highly recommend everyone visit this lovely place.

I had lunch at the restaurant and the atmosphere and food were very good, though the curried rice was quite spicy.
Written 6 October 2022
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Vinayak
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan108 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Visit this place for its amazing architecture. As for what is inside the building, the opinion seems to be divided but its a little bit of everything under the sun from dinosaurs to modern art. There was also a temporary exhibition of Ichiro, the legendary Baseball player during my visit.

The museum is run by a religious organization (Mahikari) and I am guessing the staff consists of followers. You can take photos of the building and some other objects like dinosaurs but otherwise photography is prohibited inside the building.

I wouldn't visit Takayama solely for this museum but it is a good option for bad weather days.
Written 9 May 2019
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Bally1966
Hong Kong, China224 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Frankly, before coming, I was simply looking for something to kill time. But it turned out to be a nice experience.

The architecture is quite interesting. Basically, it’s a pyramid. And this allowed a lot of space for its main exhibition floor. The Noh stage was quite impressive. And its gallery has paintings by Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. Not many but this Museum has something to offer.

Will return if it has some special exhibitions.
Written 6 April 2019
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Deanna P
3 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Start on the 3rd floor and definitely visit your local center of Sukyo Mahikari, Centers For Spiritual Development for a complimentary Light Session. It is life changing.
Written 17 February 2019
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Corb2000
Yorkshire, UK718 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
This was on my 'must see' list and it did not disappoint, from first impressions throughout the extensive interior this is a very impressive complex, not just for its ambitious design but also for the exceptional quality of the construction.
The building has a wide variety of internal spaces, some strikingly original (the entrance tunnel and worship area), others more like an office block or shopping mall (the escalators adjoining the main display area), yet everything has been designed and constructed with the same attention to detail.
Staff stated several different rules regarding photography, from no photos of the art exhibits to no photos at all of the interior. I undoubtedly pushed my luck with the photos but it is a very photogenic building...
The art collection is impressive and the galleries were virtually empty, but for me it was rather overwhelmed by its surroundings.
The areas describing the religion, its founder and beliefs were fascinating too, they just added to the 'otherness' of this place.
Written 19 December 2018
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venividivice
Ko Samui, Thailand858 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This museum is jaw-dropping in its scale. I can't imagine what it cost to erect, and I failed in trying to discover who paid for it all, although there does seem to be a link to a new Japanese "religion" known as Mahikari. Whatever...it is immense, and rather attractive, with clear allusions to ancient Egypt in it's design. I found it very impressive externally and internally.

As for content, it is a bit mixed. There was a splendid exhibition of Hokusai prints when we were there, but we found much of the other exhibits we had time to look at rather random -- some good, some leaving you scratching your head.

But, in my view, well worth visiting just for the building itself
Written 2 June 2018
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Kerrie H
Wollongong, Australia27 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed our gallery experience, they had an exhibition on display that had the Hokusai print of the great wave off Kanagawa. Very excited to see this, very helpful, friendly staff.
Written 11 May 2018
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Emma W
Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Worth a visit for its strangeness alone. Designed for vast numbers of visitors the museum was almost empty on a Saturday apart from us. Small but interesting collection of western artwork and special Hokusai exhibition were worth seeing. Archaeology rooms etc were extremely dated looking. The museum was so curious a kind of 1980/90s feel with Frank Lloyd Wright and Mayan influences we tried to research the architect on our return without success but discovered the museum was founded (and presumably still kept afloat) by a strange religious group...
Written 27 April 2018
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Buckster21
London, UK375 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Who would expect a Mayan pyramid, mainly buried under a hillside, in the Takayama suburbs? Packed with ancient and other artefacts, as well as anthropological and archeological exhibits, this vast complex is informative and has plenty to occupy children, who can dress up as Pharoah, reassemble broken pots and handle fossils. You will need a taxi from the centre of Takayama but the small cost will be worth it.
Written 23 August 2017
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