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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chubu - Mount Fuji - Yamanashi - Fuji Five Lakes
Kubota Itchiku Art Museum 
# 17   of 18 most visited sights
in Fuji Five Lakes

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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.

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 performances 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

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How to get there

Retro buses on the Kawaguchiko Line operate twice per hour 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. A 2-day pass for the Kawaguchiko Line is available for 1030 yen and a 2-day pass pass for all retro buses costs 1340 yen.

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Hours and 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:Wednesdays from December to March, and December 26 to 28
Open on national holidays and the first Wednesday in January
Admission:1300 yen
English:Minimal

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