Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, located near Kawaguchi-ko Lake in Yamanashi, is an off-the-beaten-path architecture. Kubota was an textile artist who revived the old silk dyeing. And this museum was dedicated to exhibit his craftwork. The silk he dyed is of course beautiful but what I like most is the architecture itself. Because it is very unique – it has an exotic atmosphere.
There are several unique parts of the architecture in this museum. One them is gates. With some reason, there are many gates this property. Since they are not Japanese traditional-style doors, they give an equisotic atmosphere.
The architecture of Itchiku Kubota Art Museum consists of three parts; the exhibition of the textile, the main building of the exhibition and the garden. Therefore, the garden also has an exotic atmosphere. So it does not look like a traditional Japanese garden. Yet, it also has a taste of Japan as you can see in the bamboo woods.
There are several thick stone pillars just outside of the main building. Supporting the stone walls and ceilings, these pillars form parts of the stone corridors.
When I looked at these pillars, immediately they reminded me of a park in Spain.
This is a famous park of Antonio Gaudi. I suspect that the architect of Itchiku Kubota Art Museum was inspired by Gaudi. And this must be the reason this architecture is quite exotic.
More Information on Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Address: 2255 Kawaguchi, Fuji Kawaguchiko Machi, Minami Tsuru Gun, Yamanashi
Opening hrs: December – March 10am – 4:30pm,
April – November 9:30am – 5:30pm
Closed on Tuesdays and 26-29 Decemter
Admission: ¥1,300 for adults, ¥900 for college students and senior high school children, ¥400 for junior high school and elementary school children.
Access: 10 min by taxi or 20 min by community bus (Omni Bus Red Line) from Kawaguchi-ko Station of Fuji Kyuko Line. The nearest bus stop is “Kubota Itchiku Bijutsukan. Buses start every 15 minutes.