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Miho Museum, Koka

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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 benefactor (and "cult" 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 artifacts from Asia and the Western world, including supposed elements of the lost Oxus Treasures, which were found in 1877 and vanished soon after, before resurfacing in Afghanistan in 1993. By using our Koka trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Miho Museum and other attractions in Koka.
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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 ...  more »
  • 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. E...  more »
  • 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 mounta...  more »
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  • 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.