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Miho Museum

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Address: 300 Tashiro Shigarakicho, Koka 529-1814 , Shiga Prefecture
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Stunning Masterpiece of Architecture

This is a "must-see" stop if you are in Kyoto. Although you need to take a 15 minute train ride then a 50 minute bus ride this museum is well worth it. The countryside is... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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88 reviews
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This is a "must-see" stop if you are in Kyoto. Although you need to take a 15 minute train ride then a 50 minute bus ride this museum is well worth it. The countryside is stunning as well as you take in the mountain scenery - it is quite remote - but so peaceful and tranquil. The approach to the... More 

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Santa Ynez, California
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The architecture is the big attraction, but the eclectic collection was well worth seeing, with prices from ancient Egepst, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, and Asis. Spection glass exhibit was beautiful. Exhibits very well displayed and explained in English as well as Japanese. Bus tip was not crowded on first bus of the day (11:10) and t50 minute trip interesting.

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Perth
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The journey is more important than the destination The bus trip traverses stunning river landscapes with boulders of granite and a rich fabric of green foliage Rice fields of elegance framed by mountains of quintessential Japanese beauty The Miho museum has a magnificent tunnel that is the entrance to the Museum. It is the highlight of the visit - a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Surprised to find such a beautiful and huge museum in a remote valley. I took taxi from Ishimaya station to the museum and paid more tham 7000 yen. However it was truly worthy of paying the fare and time. The architecture itself is the masterpiece. Also there are a lot of precious pieces from west and south Asia.

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Osaka, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's in an out of the way location but well worth a visit. Be sure to check the bus schedule from Ishiyama Stn before you leave because it's only available every hour. It's best to visit in the spring during cherry blossom season or in the fall for the autumn colours. There is a delicious restaurant that opens at 1130... More 

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Mumbai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Designed by I.M.Pei, this amazing building reaches out to nature from within. One stands on level with the forest outside, looking at vast expanse of green. The mostly glass structure lets in natural light which beautifully accentuates the interior. The exhibits are mostly at a lower or higher levels. It is a beautifully curated museum, with each piece having its... More 

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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Miho Museum has stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. The founder of the museum was Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan, for whom the museum is named.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

For visitor travel via public transport, it worth the journey off this beaten path. Direct shuttle from Ishiyama train station to Miho Museum which cost 860yen per pax. From the start, passing by residential neighbourhood along the river bank with sakura trees neatly array. With an hour journey of gradually travel across hilly site, we arrived at Miho Museum.The visitor... More 

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Brisbane Qld
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

A visit to Miho museum cannot be over rated. The journey into the mountainous countryside provides a welcome counterpoint to urban life in Japan (the closest main city is Kyoto, approx 1hr 30 mins away). The museum approach is an experience in itself. The building blends into the mountain, with only the entry hall visible. The exhibitions are a carefully... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Since seeing a documentary about this museum many years ago, we have wanted to visit it. The build up in our minds was pretty steep. But we were not at all disappointed. The grounds and buildings are perfect, inspiring. Many think it is too far from Kyoto to see in a day, but it is really easy. Guides, hotel clerks... More 

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