Hara Museum ARC
A museum of contemporary art designed by the architect Arata Isozaki, nestled amid an expanse of verdure
Hara Museum Arc is an art museum that holds exhibitions with a focus on excellent contemporary art dating from the 1950s onwards. Established in 1988 as an offshoot of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo, this museum is located at the Ikaho Green Bokujo farm, at the foot of Mount Haruna. Perched atop a small hill, from which one can see a range of mountains carpeted in green, this single-storied wooden building was designed by the architect Arata Isozaki. In an innovative piece of design, the 13 m high atrium and skylights that let in natural light create a spacious atmosphere. The permanent exhibits are focused on the approximately 850 items of contemporary art from both within Japan and overseas held in the museum's collection, including paintings, woodblock prints, photographs, and sculptures. In addition, it holds workshops and temporary exhibitions in its endeavors to pursue the potential of a variety of forms of artistic expression.
There are also outdoor exhibits that shouldn't be missed, including Kokoro, a huge heart made from red glass, and a pavilion by Olafur Eliasson that enables you to see the phenomenon of rainbows reflected in the sunlight. The onsite café serves pasta, sandwiches, and home-made cakes made with milk from the farm, so you can enjoy a leisurely meal after your cultural pursuits. The museum shop offers a diverse range of exclusive goods and souvenirs.
Address: 2855-1 Kanai , Shibukawa, Gumma
Hours open to visitors: 9:30 - 16:30 (last admission: 16:00)
Admission Fee: Junior high school students and above 1,000 yen,
Elementary school students and children aged 3 or over 500 yen
Closed: Thursdays (except national holidays and in August), between exhibitions, in winter, and January 1
Directions: 16 minutes from Shibukawa Station (2 hours from Tokyo Station) on the JR Joetsu Line by Kan-etsu Kotsu Bus (destination Ikaho Onsen); alight at Green Bokujo-mae, then 5 minutes on foot.
(Car) 15 minutes from the Ikaho interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway