Find Artistic Enlightenment at Odawara Art Foundation 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. Sitting on the grounds of a former tangerine orchard, the Observatory was designed to both showcase modern art, as well as to preserve and potentially revive certain 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, to a garden. The 100-Meter Gallery as well as the Winter Solstice Light-Worship Tunnel was 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 on the bridge passageway of the stone platform 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 and 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.

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