Activities - Arts & Crafts

Outdoor sculptures
Mile-High Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum : 美ヶ原高原美術館

See Spectacular Artwork in a Spectacular Mountaintop Setting.

Eastern Nagano


Mile-high art. Actually, more than a mile -- Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum is located at the top of a 2000m altitude on top of a plateau towering over the Matsumoto and Shiojiri valley. Fantastic artwork at a breathtaking location.


Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum is located on top of the 2000-meter tall Utsukushigahara plateau. The museum features outdoor sculptures by such famous international as Alexander Lieberman that are enhanced by the breathtaking background as well as the colorful wildflower foreground. Access is via the scenic "Venus Line", the road that traverses the plateau. "Venus" refers to an artifact from the prehistoric Jomon era found in the area. It is a figurine that, with a little imagination, is similar to the famous Venus de Milo statue. The Open Air Museum pays tribute to that heritage with one gallery dedicated to replications of famous Venus statues from the world.


  • 800
  • 15
  • Attendant required.
9:00-17:00 (last entrance 16:30)
Open daily from late Apr. to mid-Nov. (Actual dates vary by yar)
Cost / Price of Admission
1000 (800 for high school and university students, 700 yen for middle and elementary age). Children with adults free on Saturdays. 
Time Required
1 hr+
Not required
Foreign Languages
(English Pamphlet available.)
Luggage Storage


If going by car, the museum is best enjoyed in conjunction with a drive on the Venus Line. Restaurant and gift shop on the premises.
Coin lockers available.


tel : +81(0)268-86-2331fax : +81(0)268-86-2217Official site

Access / Location

By Train
From Matsumoto Station(JR Shinonoi Line), Alpico Bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal to Utsukushigahara Kogen Bijutsukan, 1 runsper day, 1 hour 40 min., daily from early to mi August
By Car
From Okaya IC, 60 min. via Wada Pass
From Tobu-Yunomaru IC, 70 min. via Takeshi Visitors Center.
Take Route 81 -> Route 152 -> Route 62.
Either way, GPS navigation system highly recommended.
Utsukushigahara Kogen Kamihoniri Takeshi, Ueda 386-0507

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