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Miho Museum, Koka

Designed by world-renowned architect I. M. Pei, Miho Museum houses a collection of rare and ancient artwork nestled in the mountains. Commissioned by wealthy philanthropist (and religious leader) Mihoko Koyama for her private collection, the building largely lies underground--carved into the rocky mountainside and covered with a steel-and-glass roof. Enter by traversing an unusual cable bridge and walking through a shining tunnel. Inside, observe a variety of artifacts from Asia and the Western world. Our Koka itinerary site makes visiting Miho Museum and other Koka attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It was visited in the free/busy time to Shigaraki Pottery experience, very nice Museum. Exhibit in Nice, was also great. It is recommended that come and visit.
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  • Beautiful sanctuary where nature art & beauty find their highest synthesis. The beauty of art, nature and magical architecture of the great architect I.M. Pei must elevate people in their journey of life. Spectacular.
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  • This place and its story is amazing. We came during colorful autumn and the special 20 year anniversary exhibition. You don't know what to admire more, the architecture or the galleries. Both fabulous...  more »
  • Wonderful place. Great museum with good collection. Well trained staff members are very helpful even they don't speak English but very friendly. Very nice place to visit. Such a clean and well organized place. 🌺🌺🌺👍
  • Stunning museum designed by I. M. Pei located deep in a hill southeast of Kyoto in Shiga Prefecture. Walking through the tunnel towards the museum is dramatic with a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys. During the spring, the cherry blossoms on the path will make the walk even more scenic. The view from the geometric glass and steel structure of the main museum is so serene. There is Egyptian, Roman and Asian exhibits as well as the main and special exhibits changing seasonally. The access takes about an hour from Kyoto Station but make sure to check the bus hours as there is only one every hour there and back from Ishiyama Station.
  • Should only go here only when cherry blossom. If cherry isn't blossom, you might consider the effort to get up this place isn't worth it. P.S. the cafe in main building only provide snack and drinks. If you look for a proper meal, the restaurant at the entrance has more option, even a nice bakery.
  • A strange​ place... But a rich; beautifully designed museum. The collection is focused and beautiful. The exhibits interesting and the architecture breathtaking.
  • Beautiful museum up in the mountains. The entire area is so peaceful and the exhibits are wonderful.

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