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Shosenkyo Museum of Shadowgraph


The world’s very first shadowgraph museum
The Shosenkyo Museum of Shadowgraph is a unique museum supervised and designed in 1992 by Seiji Fujishiro, a famous paper-cutting artist known for his works made by placing cut out pieces of paper and other materials over a backlit screen. The museum is the first of its kind in the world, as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1994.

The exhibition room is deliberately dark save from the gentle light illuminating the shadowgraphs, featuring the heartwarming silhouetttes of animals and fairy-like characters dancing and singing happily within vibrant fantasy worlds.

Also showcased in the museum are over 30 art pieces by Kiyoshi Yamashita, known as the "Japanese van Gogh", and 25 pieces by Taisho era (1912-1926) artistic genius Yumeji Takehisa.

The building houses a gift shop, a restaurant, and a café selling locally produced honey and tasty honey treats.
Address 〒400-1214 山梨県甲府市高成町1035-2
Phone 055-287-2511
Opening TimesTo reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, opening hours are now 10:00 to 16:00
ClosuresOpen everyday
PricesAdults: ¥900
High school & junior high school students: ¥600
Elementary school students: ¥500
Preschool: ¥300
TransportTake a green bus bound for Shosenkyo from bus stop #4 at Kofu station (south entrance) and alight at Taki Ue 滝上 (50 minutes, ¥900).
URL Bus timetable to Shosenkyo
NotesVisiting the museum takes between 40 minutes and an hour.