Yugawara was once known as a hot spring resort that was mentioned in the Manyoshu (Anthology of the Many Leaves), and from the Meiji era to the Showa era, many cultural figures visited the town to take a rest. The town's Yugawara Museum of Art has a collection of works related to Yugawara, including modern Japanese master Seiho Takeuchi, Western-style painter Sotaro Yasui, and Katsumi Miyake.
The museum was opened in 1998, renovating an old-established inn where Natsume Soseki and Takeuchi Seiho stayed, as an art museum associated with Yugawara. In 2006, the museum opened the Reiji Hiramatsu Museum, which displays works by Reiji Hiramatsu, a leading Japanese painter, and together with the permanent collection, the museum was renamed the Town's Yugawara Museum of Art. In 2017, the Hiramatsu Reiji Hiramatsu Mieru(=to see)Atelier was opened and displays Japanese painting materials and works in progress.
In the garden pond, Director Emeritus Hiramatsu cultivates the precious "Monet's water lilies," which were given to him by the Monet Foundation. In addition, the museum café, which opened in 2018, has a terrace and a footbath, and is surrounded by trees in the garden for relaxation.
|Address||623-1 Miyakami, Yugawaramachi, Ashigarashimo-gun,Kanagawa-ken|
|Business Hour*1||9:00 to 16:00|
|Closed*2||Wednesday(Holiday are open, closed the following day)|
|Genre*3||Nihon-ga & Japanese Modern painting|
|Entrance Fee*4||Adults¥600 Junior High,elementary school students ¥300|
|Access*5||Bus from Yugawara(JT20) station|
|*1 The last day of an exhibition or event may end early. *2 There are also end-of-year and temporary closures *3 Blanks refer to all genres. *4 Admission prices may vary depending on the event. Check for senior citizens, children and group discounts.*5 The times shown are approximate.|
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