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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
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Shepparton
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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 

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Thank XAGTKate
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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!

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Austin, TX
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2015

English is the international language. More of the signs need to be in it. It is a well designed place and the movies are interesting. The small village is also very neat. Most pieces did no say weather they were originals or copies. Not sure if they were all his works with different names he used though his life. Not... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

At 1000 yen the museum is overpriced and that is due to a recent renovation. The video on Hokusai's life is interesting and translated into English. The museum has the full series of travel station wood engravings, but hardly any of the descriptions are translated into English. The standard Japanese approach of only translating material that somebody has decided is... More 

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