Lake Suwa, a beautiful sightseeing spot in Nagano Prefecture. There is “SUWA Garasu no Sato” (Glass Museum) in the immediate vicinity. It is a glass amusement park with a select shop with about 10,000 glass products and a museum. “SUWA Garasu no Sato” has the world’s largest crystal ball and you can experience glass crafts.
There are many works by famous glass craftsmen in the museum, and you can enjoy making glasswork in the hands-on workshop. The shop has the largest scale in Japan for handling glass products, and is lined with a variety of glass products such as accessories, tableware and lamps. You can enjoy shopping just by looking at it.
The facility consists of a glass shop and souvenir shop on the first floor, a glass production workshop, a museum, restaurant, museum shop and souvenir shop on the second floor. It is a complex facility that can be called a theme park for glass crafts, with a sharp triangular roof as a landmark.
The attached “SUWA Garasu no Sato Museum” was named after René Lalique, a renowned glass craftsman who was active during both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. However, after that, it became the Kitazawa Museum of Art New Building, and has changed to “SUWA Garasu no Sato Museum” since the end of 2012.
With the history of the glass craft museum, excellent works of glass craft artists from all over the world are gathered here. You can enjoy the mysterious beauty of glass crafts, and the “Crystal Ball”, the largest glass ball in Japan, is a must-see. The shine changes in seven colors depending on the viewing angle, and it seems as if it has a mysterious power.
At select shops, everything from popular items to rare items such as miscellaneous goods, accessories, lamps, and sake bottles can be enjoyed just by looking at them. The premium shop collects the gems of the Suwa area that go beyond the category of glass crafts. In the workshop, you can enjoy making original candle balls and dragonfly balls while melting glass.
To get there, take the limited express train from Shinjuku Station on the Japan Railway Chuo Line and get off at Kamisuwa Station in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. From there it takes about 10 minutes by taxi.
“SUWA Garasu no Sato” (Glass Museum) in Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture is a spot where you can touch beautiful glass. Boasting a beautiful appearance glittering and shining. “SUWA Garasu no Sato” has an art museum exhibiting glass works. Various, beautiful and fantastic art works are displayed in the museum. Unlike paintings, the wonderful appearance that shines like a gemstone is breathtaking. There are not many art museums specializing in glass in Japan, and it is worth visiting once in a rare place.
If you see the beautiful exhibits displayed at the museum, you surely want glass crafts. Some works of glass have wonderful things to wear, and there are wonderful things to decorate as objects.
“SUWA Garasu no Sato” has one of the largest glass shops in the country. There are popular craft artworks, and rare goods etc. which are not sold at other shops are sold as well. Miscellaneous goods and accessories are cute as sparkling, and lamps give luxurious feeling to the room, and it makes you feel rich.
The souvenirs section is also substantial. Local products such as pickles, Nagano prefecture special products are sold, so you can do various shopping here.
In addition, a hands-on experience corner is set up so that glass craft items can be produced inside the hall. In the experience corner, even beginners can feel free to make glass crafts. Everyone, from children to the elderly, can challenge, so why don’t you try it when you visit.
SUWA Garasu no Sato is an amusement facility which is identified by triangle roof and located in the south shore of the Lake Suwa and featured the theme of glass. Various ways of pleasure from art appreciation, an experience studio, and shopping to a meal are possible. In late years it is a popularity facility winning a prize within the tenth place in “national sightseeing, meal, souvenir facilities ranking” every year.
A glass shop largest in Japan is added, and there is much glassware such as accessories, tableware, and the lamp of the art-nouveau style and just looking is also pleasant. The goods by the work of a popular studio etc. which can be purchased only the SUWA Garasu no Sato are sold. Many delicate and beautiful glassware, such as miscellaneous goods, accessories, Grass for alcohol, a lamp, is dealt with.
Moreover, work of a candle, a dragonfly ball, etc. can also be enjoyed in a glass experience studio. There is also a bakery restaurant which can overlook a whole view of Lake Suwa.
It is the pleasureful workshop which “glassblower”, “a stamp is made with the glass of a favorite color”, “engraving a letter and a design and a picture on glass using a grinder” etc. can experience in the greatest full-scale equipment in Japan.
The big glass ball (Gigantic Marbles) selling for 200 million yen is also spectacular. How about memory making of a trip in extremely popular craft experience?
|Name:||SUWA Town of Glass (Garasu no Sato)|
|Address:||Toyoda 2400-7 Suwa, Nagano 392-0016 Japan|
|Access:||JR Chuo-honsen Line “Kamisuwa-eki” station (10 minutes by car)|
|Price:||600 yen (Adult)|
Free (Under junior high school student)
Please refer the official web page.