If you happen to be in the Nagano Prefecture checking out the Nagano Snow Monkeys and/or the Matsumoto Castle, you may consider stopping by the Ukiyo-e Museum as well. Only a 15 minute drive from the Matsumoto Castle, it’s an easy stop.
The museum building is very contemporary, which is a starch contrast to the ancient art that it displays. When we entered the museum, we watched a 20 minute video presentation on the making of wood block prints. It was very interesting to learn about the superb skill it takes to make these wood blocks and prints. After the video, we viewed an exhibit of these prints, to include samurai and Mt. Fuji. The exhibits change every few months. English information is limited, however you can get a pamphlet in English upon entering the museum.
The museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 everyday except for Monday, doors close at 16:30. It’s ¥1050 for an adult, and ¥530 for students. GPS: 36.231847,137.934662. For the most current information, please check the Ukiyo-e Museum website. http://japan-ukiyoe-museum.com. – Kelly O’Donnell, November 2013.