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Hokusaikan : 北斎館

Actual Works by Woodblock Print Master Hokusai

Northern Nagano


Katsushika Hokusai is arguably the most famous 'ukiyoe' wood block print artist. Towards the end of his 7 decades of print-making, when he was in his 80s he spent time living in Obuse, the quaint town northeast of Nagano City known for chestnuts (kuri). Here he created some of his greatest works, many of which are exhibited at this museum dedicated to him. The collection includes 4 paintings he inscribed on the ceilings of some of the neighborhood parade floats, the Dragon and Phoenix of the Higashimachi floats, and the Onami (masculine wave) and Menami (feminine wave) of Kanmachi floats.
The museum was renovated and reopened April, 2015 with a new media hall and additional display space.


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Hours :
Open 09:00-17:00 with entrance possible until 30 minutes before closing. NOTE: Some seasonal changes in the hours. 
Date(s) :
Closed 31 Dec. and for changing exhibits. 
Entrance Price :
800 (high school age 500, middle and elementary school age free, group discounts available). NOTE: During special exhibits, price is 1000 (700 for high school age) 
Time Required :
1 hour 
Credit Cards :
VISA, MasterCard, JCB
Reservations :
Not required 
Foreign Languages :
English, Chinese, Korean, Thai (English, Chinese (simplifed and traditional), Korean and Thai language pamphlets available.) 
Luggage Storage :


tel : +81(0)26-247-5206   fax : +81(0)26-247-6188   e-mail   


By Train
From Obuse Station(Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line), 12 min walk
By Car
From Suzaka Nagano East IC, 15 min
From Shinshu-Nakano IC, 10 min
485 Obuse, Obuse, Kamitakai 381-0201

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