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Find Artistic Enlightenment at Odawara Art Foundation’s Enoura Observatory
Admire art, nature, and a fusion of the traditional and the modern in a striking Odawara setting
The Enoura Observatory is a project of the Odawara Art Foundation, founded by Japanese contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Located on the grounds of a former tangerine orchard, the Observatory was designed to both showcase modern art and to preserve and potentially revive architectural traditions that are becoming endangered.
The sprawling complex offers visitors several unique spaces to explore, from the Summer Solstice Light-Worship 100-Meter Gallery to a tea room and a garden. The 100-Meter Gallery as well as the Winter Solstice Light-Worship Tunnel were designed specifically to allow visitors to witness the summer and winter solstices from a unique vantage point. During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun shines directly on the bridge passageway of a stone stage built to showcase traditional Noh performances. Those stopping by at other times of the year can still fully enjoy the sun’s transit across the sky over nearby Sagami Bay, as well as the uninhibited views of the surrounding area.
To protect the site’s unique atmosphere, visitors are admitted on a limited basis. Advance tickets must be purchased online; those making last-minute plans can call the main office to see if any same-day tickets are available.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Odoriko express train to Ofuna Station (about 40 minutes), then transfer to the Tokaido Line for Nebukawa Station (about 40 minutes) and take a taxi to the observatory (about 10 minutes).
Odawara Art Foundation Enoura Observatory
362-1 Enoura, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa-ken
|Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes or more