Enoura Observatory, Odawara Art Foundation

Art & Nature Combine at Enoura Observatory

An art project in and of itself, the Enoura Observatory is a great place to get off the beaten path. The facility combines the artistic sensibilities of Japanese art and design with the beauty of nature. This brainchild of Hiroshi Sugimoto is a location where one can explore the origins of art. (Photo: Winter Solstice Observation Tunnel and Optical Glass Stage ©Odawara Art Foundation)

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Head to Kanagawa Prefecture to discover a place where Japanese culture and spirituality combine with contemporary works of art.

Head to Kanagawa Prefecture to discover a place where Japanese culture and spirituality combine with contemporary works of art.

“The unique character of Japanese culture, a continuous legacy dating back to the prehistoric Jomon period, has been the art of living in harmony with nature. The Japanese people developed a unique culture incorporating the worship of myriad deities and spirits of the natural realm. In today’s grim world of rampant materialism and consumerism, when so much of this natural splendor has been destroyed, it is the revival of these ancient Japanese traditions that we need most,” says contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. At Enoura Observatory, his brainchild, visitors can encounter this unique thought, and explore the essence of Japanese culture.(Photo: The tip of the Summer Solstice Observation Gallery ©Odawara Art Foundation)

Enoura, located in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a place where the four seasons are beautifully reflected upon the landscape. The observatory opened in 2017 as a forum for disseminating art and culture among the area’s natural beauty. It features a variety of installations that represent the unique architectural styles and construction methods of Japan throughout history, including a tea ceremony room, a Japanese strolling garden, a gate from the Muromachi Period (1338 – 1573) that has been lovingly restored, and more. (Photo: Meigetsu Gate ©Odawara Art Foundation)

The natural light from the surrounding landscape is also a key feature. For instance, during the winter solstice, the sun rises over nearby Sagami Bay, passing through a tunnel to illuminate a great stone megalith. In the summer, sunlight passes through the gallery for several minutes. During the vernal and autumnal equinox, it gently glints through the floors of the tea ceremony room, and illuminates the Noh stage. Every season offers a different perspective.(Photo: Winter Solstice Observation Tunnel ©Odawara Art Foundation)

Enoura Observatory, Odawara Art Foundation

Enoura Observatory, Odawara Art Foundation

Enoura Observatory is about 90 minutes from Tokyo by train, and there is a free shuttle bus from Nebukawa Station. Alternately, it takes about 10 minutes via taxi from Manazuru Station. The number of visitors allowed to enter is limited to preserve the pre-modern atmosphere of the facility, and reservations must be made in advance. Tickets can be purchased online. Make the most of your time in and around Tokyo with our model courses here. https://tokyoandaroundtokyo.com/plan-your-trip/moving-art-in-greater-tokyo/ (Photo: Summer Solstice Observation Gallery ©Odawara Art Foundation)


Tel: +81-465-42-9170
(09:00 - 17:00, excluding Wednesday and temporary closures)
Email: info@odawara-af.com

Business hours

Morning Entry
10:00 - 13:00

Afternoon Entry
13:30 - 16:30

Limited entry for both morning and afternoon sessions.
Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and New Year’s holiday. May be closed at other times.


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