Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum, A collection of realistic sculptures crafted by a master of modern sculpture
The Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum features some of Hirakushi Denchu’s most impressive and realistic wooden sculptures. This collection showcases Hirakushi Denchu’s natural talent for capturing human emotion and movement in his sculptures. His most renowned work is his 2-meter tall masterpiece Kagami-jishi, which can be seen at the National Theatre of Japan. The Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum is comprised of two buildings, the exhibition hall and the modern Japanese home which Denchu lived out the final years of his life, until he passed away at the age of 107. Come visit his garden in late-February through early-March to enjoy the vibrant blooms of Hirakushi Denchu’s beloved plum trees. A variety of events are held at the museum throughout the calendar year, such as tea ceremonies in the spring and fall as well as garden concerts. Access: The Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum is 40 minutes from Shinjuku. Take the Chuo line and transfer at Kokubunji station to Hitotsubashi-Gakuen station. Alternatively, take the Seibu-Shinjuku line to Hagiyama station, and transfer to get to Hitotsubashi-Gakuen station. It’s a 10-minute walk from Hitotsubashi-Gakuen station.