June 25th, 2011 by
Category: Culture Art, Report
Beautiful garden in front of the entrance to SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.
Exhibition room.  Front from left, “Emak Bakia”, “By Itself II”, “Monument au Peinture Inconnu” (Man Ray), Back from left, “Target”, “Usuyuki” (Jasper Johns) 

SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, celebrating the 30th anniversary this year, is located near Sengataki Waterfall, a beautiful area with abundant nature.  Its vast premises include a museum building as well as a specious garden which has art works on the lawn, near the river and among trees.  

The museum has a systematic collection of modern art works by world-famous artists from the early 20th century to the present.  It currently houses about 500 works of prominent modern artists including Wassily Kandinsky, Man Ray, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Shusaku Arakawa, Hisao Domoto, Tadanori Yokoo and Kazumi Nakamura.   The museum’s collection is selectively exhibited to the public in spring and summer under the name of “SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART COLLECTION Exhibition”.  On the other hand, the museum introduces art works of upcoming young Japanese artists in autumn under the name of “ART TODAY Exhibition”.

After or before you enjoy the art, you could take a rest in a nice museum cafe with a terrace.  Its menu includes light meals such as pasta and sandwiches, and handmade cakes.  I had a banana cake and a coffee and they were very good!  If you’d like to get some museum postcards or art books, you could drop by a museum shop.

Why not come down to Karuizawa to enjoy fine modern art at SEZON MUSEUM?


Clubhouse sandwich is a popular menu at the museum cafe.  Why not take a rest?
You can walk around a spacious lawn garden with art works.

The garden is refreshing with trees and a river.


Exhibition room. From left, "Untitled" (Louise Nevelson), "Bird" (R.B.E), "Yes Coke" (Cesar), "Perpetual Motif" (R.B.E), "Pain Dore (Pandora)" (Man Ray), "Portfolio 'Mao Tse-Tung'" (Andy Warhol), "Gay Liberation" (George Segal).


Banana cake and coffee I enjoyed in the cafe with a garden view. They were delicious!


Name of the facility SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Description of business Museum, cafe and shop
Tel 0267-46-2020 (Japan country code: 81)
Fax 0267-46-2021 (Japan country code: 81)
URL (Click “English”)
Address 2140, Serigasawa, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
How to contact Fax or email.
  • Take JR Nagano Shinkansen and get off at Karuizawa station or take Shinano Tetsudo (Shinano Railway) and get off at Nakakaruizawa station.
  • Take a bus bound for “Kusatsu Onsen” and get off at “Sengataki Onsen Iriguchi”.
  • Walk 10 minutes.
Operating hours Open from the middle of Apr to the end of Nov.  10:00 – 18:00 (Apr to Oct), 10:00 – 17:00 (Nov). Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. Closed on Thursdays (open every day in Aug). Possible closing on other days for changing exhibits.
  • Please refrain from bringing cars, bikes and pets inside the gate (there is a parking lot outside the gate)
  • Please refrain from eating and drinking, entering the lawn, taking wild plants and insects, playing with balls in the garden.
  • Please refrain from talking on mobiles, touching works, taking photos, speaking loudly and running inside the museum building.
Rates and other prices Adults: JPY1,000 (JPY900), University and senior high students: JPY700 (JPY600), Junior high and elementary students: JPY300 (JPY200). Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.
General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). (Click “English” button.)