Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum

Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum

*Please note, the main museum is currently being renovated and is closed to the public. It will renamed the ‘Nagano Prefectural Art Museum’ and reopen in April 2021. However, the Higashiyama Kaii Gallery remains open to the public – see below for details.


A short walk from Nagano’s famous Zenko-ji Temple, the Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum has been the city’s preeminent museum since it opened in 1996. Currently undergoing substantial renovation, the museum is closed for the time being and set to reopen as the ‘Nagano Prefectural Art Museum’ in April 2021.


The precise collections to be exhibited, operating hours and admission costs have not yet been announced however we do know that the museum will continue its underlying theme of ‘man and nature’ – in reference the beautiful landscapes of Nagano – and include exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, photography, video and animation. We will update this page once that information is available.


Adjacent to the main museum, the Highashiyama Kaii Gallery remains open to the public. Profiling the work of the eponymous artist, the gallery showcases his body of work which conveys a deep love for the nature and landscapes of Nagano. In total, the gallery holds around 1000 artworks including paintings, sketches and other preparatory works. Only a few minutes stroll from Zenko-ji, the gallery is an enjoyable addition to time spent at the temple.



Higashiyama Kaii Gallery: 09:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30) / Main museum: currently closed

Higashiyama Kaii Gallery: Open daily except Wednesday / Main museum: currently closed for renovation. Will reopen in April 2021

Higashiyama Kaii Gallery: Adults JPY500 / Students: JPY300

Approximately 60-minutes drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park

From Nagano Station, the museum can be reached on-foot within 20 to 25-minutes

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