Karuizawa Ehon-no Mori Bijutsukan
Karuizawa Ehon-no Mori Bijutsukan (The Karuizawa Picture Book Forest Museum) is located amid the lush natural surroundings of the forests of Karuizawa. Affected deeply by the landscape of Karuizawa, which so closely resembled his home in Scotland, a missionary named A. C. Shaw built a villa there in 1886. From that point on Karuizawa became a favorite spot for many Westerners, and developed a distinctive culture. The Karuizawa Picture Book Forest Museum houses around 6,000 items, mainly Anglo-American works, including picture books and the original sketches of their contents. Displays include first editions and other interesting examples of Anglo-American childrens literature, such as Peter Rabbit, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. The museum is designed to allow visitors to enjoy reading these books in a culturally borderless environment.'
Address: 182 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kita-saku-gun, Nagano
Admission Fee: 900 yen (800 yen for autumn/winter exhibitions)
Closed: Tuesdays (except during the Golden Week and July-September), Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays in December, the winter season
[Car]JR Karuizawa Stn./Taxi/10-min. ride