The Hokusai Museum is a museum that exhibits the famous Katsushika Hokusai ukiyo-e and woodblock prints. Katsushika Hokusai is the most famous ukiyo-e painter, and his painting of Mt. Fuji and waves is going to be used for the New 1,000 Yen bill. The Hokusai Museum is a diverse tribute to the renowned Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika who spent several years near the end of his life in the charming town of Obuse. There are two films which you can watch to give you some context for the artwork. There are some temporary exhibits and permanent ones. It includes a step by step sequence of the way the different colors are added to the woodblock print of his most famous work, the great wave. The final exhibit is of some floats decorated by Hokusai. The gift shop has some lovely items decorated with the artwork.
The Hokusai Museum is located in "Obuse Town". Walking is recommended for sightseeing in Obuse Town. Please refer to the town map for details.
If you drive directly to the Hokusai Museum, please use the parking lot below.
・ Higashimachi Parking Lot (MC: 54 383 764 * 45) A toll parking lot about 200m away from the Hokusai Museum. 400 yen for 3 hours. Closed at 17:30. Closed in winter.
・ Hokusai Museum paid parking lot (MC: 54 383 852 * 38) The parking lot next to the Hokusai Museum. 400 yen for 3 hours. During the busy season, the parking lot is exclusively for buses, and ordinary cars may not be able to park.
Opening hours: 9: 00-17: 00 (until 15:00 on January 1st)
Closed: December 31st
”Ganshoin” is recommended if you are interestead in Hokusai.
About 40 minutes by car or 18km from Nagano City.