The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum ヴァンジ彫刻庭園美術館 in Mishima 三島市 is quick ride by Shinkansen from Tokyo and well worth a visit. The museum houses almost 50 sculptures by Giuliano Vangi; I was skeptical to visit a museum dedicated to just one artist, but Vangi’s sculptures are each so full of personality that I found this to be one of my favorite museums in the greater Tokyo area.
Added to the charms of the museum is the location. Perched high on Mt. Ashitaka 愛鷹山 above Mishima, make sure you visit this museum on a sunny day, as the views are great.
- 347-1 Clematis no Oka, Higashino, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931 Japan
- TEL : +81(0)55-989-8787
- 〒411-0931 静岡県長泉町東野クレマチスの丘(スルガ平)347-1
- TEL 055-989-8787
By train, take the JR Tokaido Line to Mishima station. There is a free shuttle bus available from the North Entrance (Shinkansen Exit):