The MIHO MUSEUM comprises two wings; the South and North Wings. The South Wing focuses on the Silk Road and contains a collection of treasures from the old-world civilizations of Egypt and Eurasia, such as a Statue of Queen Arsinoe II (Egyptian) and a standing Buddha from Gandhara, one of the largest in the world. The North Wing periodically hosts various exhibits and displays of Buddhist art, tea-making utensils, maki-e (gold-relief lacquerware) and other lacquer works. The museum was designed by I.M.Pei, an internationally acclaimed architect who also designed the glass pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre. More than 80% of the museums structure is beneath the earth so as to preserve its natural environment, and to assimilate it into the surrounding scenery. It is located on a mountainside in a nature preserve near the town of Shigaraki, a historical site with the famous ruins of Shigaraki-no-miya Palace.'
Address: 300 Momotani, Shigaraki-cho, Kouga-shi, Shiga
Admission Fee: 1,000 yen
Closed: Mondays (if the Monday is a national holiday, the following weekday), New Years holidays'
[Rail]JR Kyoto Station/Biwako Line/13 min./Ishiyama Station/Bus/50 min./MIHO MUSEUM Bus Stop/On foot/1 min.