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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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  • 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 awa...  more »
  • The building is beautifully inserted in the landscape, rising through the tunnel to the Museum is spectacular. The whole perspective then in the Museum, the exhibited pieces are worn together by an amateur collector with lots of money and have no real theme. You should see the film about the construction of the Museum, then you can see how outrageous here in a nature reserve of the mountain was removed to build the Museum in the mountain. Was not built into the mountain, that have worn down the mountain, built the Museum and then Earth when filled to look around the building as if it was built into the mountain. The Museum is operated by a sect, whose main building and Bell Tower of the Museum are to recognize. So overall great to see, but here too the visit and the fairly wide access is worth just to marvel at the building.
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  • Now opening 20th anniversary Special held in Japanese Glass Exhibition, South in the North. Cherry blossom season soon, has many more visitors. Peak season is April is alone seeing cherry blossoms in the middle?. You can enjoy dishes after drop in restaurant, café and ingredients of natural farming.
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  • Fantastic surroundings, fabulous building by I.M. Pei and a splendid collection valuebles of ancient times
  • Beathtakingly beautiful. And the approach through the tunnel is most dramatic. Incredible.
  • I was overwhelmed by this huge museum when I first visited. You cannot imagine such a exciting museum is hidden in the middle of nowhere.
  • Everything about it was the highest standard.
  • It is of my favorite museums. Only downside is ridicously bad favorite cafés? (laughs) it is. Variety is exceptionally nice.
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