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Kubota Itchiku (1917-2003) was the artist who revived the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing, used to decorate elaborate kimono during the Muromachi Period (1333-1573). In his early twenties he was so inspired by a fragment of Tsujigahana textile exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum, that he devoted the rest of his life to recreating and mastering the labor-intensive silk dyeing technique.

An intriguing museum devoted to Kubota Itchiku stands in the wooded hills along the northern coast of Lake Kawaguchiko. Exhibited are several of the artist's kimono creations, depicting themes of nature, the cosmos and the seasons. Also on display are parts of his unfinished masterpiece "Symphony of Light", a huge work comprised of 80 kimono that together form of a picture of Mount Fuji.

Part of the Symphony of Light

The museum's buildings and gardens are also fascinating. The buildings are made of Okinawan coral and limestone, while the main gallery is a massive timber frame construction. A waterfall and outdoor stage are located besides the museum's reception building where events are occasionally held. A unique tea room is located in the back of the gallery.

The extensive gardens, which were designed by Kubota Itchiku himself and stretch from the entrance gate far into the wooded slopes behind the museum buildings, are also worth a stroll. Artworks from various places in Asia and Africa are placed around the museum grounds.

The museum's main entrance gate

Access

Retro buses on the Kawaguchiko Line operate between Kawaguchiko Station and the Kubota Itchiku Bijutsukan bus stop, from where it is a three minute walk to the museum entrance. The bus ride takes 25 minutes.

How to get to and around the Fuji Five Lakes

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Hours & Fees

Hours

9:30 to 17:30 (April through November)
10:00 to 16:30 (December through March)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing

Closed

Tuesdays from December to September, and December 26 to 28; open on national holidays and the first Wednesday in January

Admission

1300 yen

English

Minimal

Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

Recommended Hotels
Highland Resort Hotel and Spa
Official hotel of the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park at the base of Mount Fuji.
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K's House Mount Fuji
Affordable backpackers hostel on the southern side of Lake Kawaguchiko.
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Kawaguchiko Station Inn
Conveniently located, inexpensive hotel across the street from Kawaguchiko Station.
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Kozantei Ubuya
Luxury ryokan along the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
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Kukuna
Stylish luxury ryokan on the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
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Agoda Japanican

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: February 14, 2017