Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In 1994, a dyeing artist, Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003),built the museum in its perfect location with a majestic view of Mt.Fuji and the serene Lake Kawaguchi. The museum permanently exhibits Itchiku Tsujigahana works with the two main themes of "trinity of humans, nature, and art" and "the center of new culture and art." The whole museum, including the garden, buildings, and furnishings, represents "the world of Itchiku."
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Holly R
    Sunnyvale, California12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An appreciation of kimonos as an art form
    I gave this 5 stars as someone who loves unconventional expressions or art/creativity with a deep respect for people with grit and passion in a single craft. If you like art, are curious how things are made, and attention to minute detail, I’d recommend this experience. The kimonos Itichku Kubota made are magnificent. A 20 minute video (in English, but ask an aide) helps orient you the process of manufacturing a kimono which set the tone for our visit. The gallery itself is just one room with 25 of his work. Nothing is behind glass, so you can get really close to inspect and marvel at the beauty and craftsmanship. We spent a few minutes admiring the detail and symbolism of the kimonos and were finished by 1.5 hrs. A few callouts/warnings: - no pictures are allowed of the kimonos - be sure to ask an aide to see the English video, which is in a different room of the main exhibit
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Julie S
    344 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful kimonos.
    The grounds the museum is in are beautiful and the building itself is interesting. The kimonos are wonderful, full of detail and beautiful colours. It has a nice little gift shop where I bought some unusual gifts which were reasonably priced. If you go through the shop outside, there is a lovely view of Mount Fuji in the distance. Be patient if you want to take a photo as lots of other people want to take one too.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 May 2024
  • raetrip
    Vancouver, Canada328 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning kimono display
    Absolutely gorgeous works of art by Itchiku Kubota. The video was very enlightening, showed how the kimonos were dyed, the process of tying the fabric. The gardens behind are small but lovely. Not wheelchair accessible.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2024
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Holly R
Sunnyvale, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I gave this 5 stars as someone who loves unconventional expressions or art/creativity with a deep respect for people with grit and passion in a single craft. If you like art, are curious how things are made, and attention to minute detail, I’d recommend this experience.

The kimonos Itichku Kubota made are magnificent. A 20 minute video (in English, but ask an aide) helps orient you the process of manufacturing a kimono which set the tone for our visit. The gallery itself is just one room with 25 of his work. Nothing is behind glass, so you can get really close to inspect and marvel at the beauty and craftsmanship. We spent a few minutes admiring the detail and symbolism of the kimonos and were finished by 1.5 hrs.

A few callouts/warnings:
- no pictures are allowed of the kimonos
- be sure to ask an aide to see the English video, which is in a different room of the main exhibit
Written 14 November 2023
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,914 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I enjoyed the museum and spent a little over an hour viewing the art. I particularly liked that they displayed their cherry blossum pieces while the cherry blossums were blooming. Just makes you realize that people have been enjoying these trees every years for centuries.
Written 6 April 2023
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mabei0123
Tsukuba, Japan16,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is the museum of Kubota Itchiku (1917-2003), the artist who revived the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing, used to decorate elaborate kimono during the Muromachi Period (1333-1573). In his early twenties he was so inspired by a fragment of Tsujigahana textile exhibited at the Tokyo National Museum, that he devoted the rest of his life to recreating and mastering the labor-intensive silk dyeing technique. Several of the artist's Kimono creations, depicting themes of nature, the cosmos and the seasons are exhibited. His masterpiece, "Symphony of Light" is really amazing!!
Written 17 September 2022
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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The grounds the museum is in are beautiful and the building itself is interesting. The kimonos are wonderful, full of detail and beautiful colours. It has a nice little gift shop where I bought some unusual gifts which were reasonably priced.
If you go through the shop outside, there is a lovely view of Mount Fuji in the distance. Be patient if you want to take a photo as lots of other people want to take one too.
Written 20 May 2024
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Libby in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH1,215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The kimonos are beautiful, but I would only visit if you are in the area. The gardens in back are pretty. You can sit down for a bite to eat or get something to drink in their little cafe. The exterior of the front looks like something Gaudi designed.
Written 10 May 2023
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raetrip
Vancouver, Canada328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Absolutely gorgeous works of art by Itchiku Kubota. The video was very enlightening, showed how the kimonos were dyed, the process of tying the fabric. The gardens behind are small but lovely. Not wheelchair accessible.
Written 1 June 2024
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Greg B
Brisbane, Australia93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
The work that goes into these beautiful creations is remarkable, the results even more so. Take the time to watch the short doco video on how the Kimono are made. The gardens are also a nice place for chill time.
Written 8 August 2013
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BaronVonCount
Avalon Beach, Australia206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
A kimono museum didn't sound that appealing, and I would probably never have visited if it hadn't been for a friend's persistent raving about the Itchiku Kubota over many years. For that I am grateful because this is one of the finest museums I have ever seen. Right from the moment you see the massive old gate at the bottom, to the high quality gift shop it is clear that this museum is exceptional.
Very easily reached by the Kawaguchiko Red and Green bus line, the Gaudiesque building, designed specifically for the collection, has many whimsical features of great beauty, such as the entrance vestibule with dozens of glass orbs set into the vaulted ceiling, which was quite beautiful, but would have been spectacular if the candelabra on the walls were actually lit. It would have been too hot on the day I visited, but no matter as the kimono collection housed in a huge room with its heavy wooden beams creating an impressive structure, is a peerless work of art.
The kimonos are too large to be actually worn and are really just the canvas for many extraordinary feats of tie-dyeing that bear no resemblance to the tie-dyed t-shirts of my childhood, instead utilising high quality natural dyes and painstaking fabric twisting and dyeing. The colours and textural results are mesmerising. Don't miss the little video presentation of the recently-deceased Kubota - a truly great artist.
There is also an atmospheric cafe with gardens and bush surrounding which, while pricey, is a very high quality tea and wagashi experience.While I was there many people wandered in, looked at the prices then left, which was a shame as the value was not that bad. Overall one of my favourite museums anywhere.
Also, just 5 minutes down the road is the Momiji-tei restaurant, which uses its homemade miso to great effect in preparing delicious, reasonably-priced, classic washoku cuisine.
Written 21 January 2019
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ken_yLondon
London63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
This place is such a rip-off: 1300 yen entrance fee for an adult, and there is only one exhibition room (the size of one medium exhibition room of National Gallery in London) only with around 20 kimonos. OK the Kimonos are beautiful, but we saw far better ones in shops and museums elsewhere in Japan, for free or a fraction of the entrance fee of this museum. There was another smaller exhibition room with a very good view of Lake Kawaguchi, but you have to pay 500 yen more to get in!
Also, the Kimono are not authentically Japanese according to my Japanese friend who came with us. She has got very good knowledge of Kimonos and told us Mr Kubota was famous for its untraditional and innovative Kimono designs. Incidentally we found lots of Indonesian / South Pacific furniture in his studio (his favourites), but we felt it is such a mix-up with everything oriental - would you fancy an English-style décor in an Italian museum?
The garden is, as other reviewers commented, very beautiful, but the best bit is from the gate to the entrance of the museum, so you don't need to pay. We would recommend visiting only this part - other places are not worth it.
Written 7 May 2017
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Julie L
Leichhardt, Australia937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2015 • Friends
I wasn't expecting this based on the reviews, but I really enjoyed this small museum.
The buildings and surrounding gardens are worth a visit on their own, the main building is built like a pyramid using thousand year old beams. The gardens and water features are very relaxing and beautiful to walk around. The whole place has a lovely sense of peace about it.
Then there is the art. The artist spent decades researching a particular way of dying material to create these amazing scenes on kimonos. It was his life's work and watching the video to see how he did it was key to understanding the achievement he made.
It's not a cheap museum but worth a visit if you like to hear about artists who really pushed themselves to achieve their vision.
Written 21 June 2015
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