Kyoto-born Atsuhiko Misawa is one of Japan's most prominent contemporary wood carving artists, and one of his major works is the "Animals" series which he started back in 2000. The collection of life-sized animal sculptures has proven extremely popular with both the young and the young at heart, and a number of them will be displayed at the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art from mid July until late September.
Adult admission to the exhibition is priced at ¥1400, and no advance reservations are required.
By Public Transport:
From the JR Nagaoka Station (served by the Shinetsu Line, Joetsu Line, and the Joetsu Shinkansen), take the Ote Exit and head to the central loop line bus (platform 8). Get off at the Kenritsu Kindai Bijutsukan stop, which is approximately a 15 minute trip. Alternatively there are taxis available from the station if you'd prefer not to wait.
By Private Vehicle:
The museum is approximately a ten minute drive from the Hokuriku Expressway's Nagaoka Interchange. There is free on-site parking available for up to 165 vehicles.
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