On the grounds of the Yamanashi Prefectural Art Museum

In addition to wineries, historical sites and hot springs, Kofu is also home to a variety of museums. Being the largest city and capital of Yamanashi Prefecture, Kofu has museums on not just the city itself but on the heritage of the prefecture at large. A selection of the museums that are of particular interest are listed below:

Yamanashi Prefectural Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), the day after national holidays, and New Year holidays
Admission: 510 yen
English: Good (English audio guide available)
Typical visit duration: 45-90 minutes
Access: 10 minute taxi from Isawaonsen Station. 30 minute bus from Kofu Station
This modern and spacious museum gives an extensive and well-done account of the history of Yamanashi from prehistoric times through the feudal era and the role the area played in the warring states period to the modern era and the rise of industry. Visitors walk through a large hall that is set out chronologically and recounts the history through interactive displays, models and dioramas.

Yamanashi Prefectural Art Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), the day after national holidays and New Year holidays
Admission: 510 yen
English: Minimal
Typical visit duration: 30-60 minutes
Access: 15 minute taxi/bus ride from Kofu Station
Known as the "Museum of Millet", the exhibition rooms of this spacious complex house an extensive selection of works by French painter Jean-Francois Millet and other European landscape artists. There are also exhibitions that showcase the work of contemporary Japanese artists.

Yamanashi Jewelry Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Free
English: Minimal
Typical visit duration: 15 minutes
Access: 10 minute walk from Kofu Station
This museum celebrates Yamanashi Prefecture's history of crystals and precious stones, and the production of jewelry using these materials. On display in the exhibition area are a selection of rare rocks and minerals sourced locally, from other parts of Japan and the world, and various items of jewelry made from them.

Museum of Shadowgraph

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 800 yen
English: None
Typical visit duration: 30-60 minutes
Access: 5 minute walk south of the Shosenkyo Ropeway (more details)
This colorful museum in the Shosenkyo Gorge showcases shadowgraphs, works of art made by cut out pieces of paper and other materials placed over a backlit screen. The theme of the exhibits is generally ethereal and heavily features elves and cute animals. There is also a collection of paintings by multiple Japanese artists linked to the area.

Access

Kofu's museums are spread out around Kofu and surroundings.

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