About the Museum

Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Literature opened to the public on November 3rd, 1989 with the primary goal of contributing to cultural development. We are dedicated to the research and study of writers associated with Yamanashi, and engage the public in exploration of the literary world for an enriched learning experience.
The Museum boasts a collection of prominent writers in Japanese history including Ichiyo Higuchi, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Dakotsu Iida and more. Acquiring, preserving and exhibiting their works are key areas of our mission.
In addition, we offer the public a number of opportunities: such as making their literary work and research available to the public. Our goal: to maintain and pass on our Japanese cultural heritage to the next generation by acting as an “open venue” for variety of cultural activities.


Gallery 9:00-17:00(admission until 16:30)
Reading Room & Study Rooms 9:00-19:00
(18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)
Mondays(the next day if this falls on a national holiday), days after national holidays,
year-end and New Year. The museum may also be opened or closed on special occasions.
  Adults College
Persons 65 or older Persons 65 or older, Yamanashi
residents only
Permanent Collection 330 yen
(260 yen)
220 yen
(170 yen)
Free Free
Special Exhibition 600 yen
(480 yen)
400 yen
(320 yen)
600 yen
(480 yen)
Permanent Collection
Special Exhibition
740 yen 490 yen 600 yen
(480 yen)
Museum of Art
Literature Passport
(Permanent Collections)
680 yen 340 yen Free Free

※ ( ) indicates the discount prices for advance tickets, a group of 20 persons and more, and tourists stay at hotels or inns in Yamanashi.
No admission charge for the persons as follows:
・Students in high school or below.
・Persons 65 or older (for Special Exhibitions,Yamanashi residents only).
・Persons with disabilities and one accompanying person with them.
・All visitors on November 20 (Yamanashi Citizen’s Day).
※ Ask for free tickets at the Ticket Counter.
※ Present your ID : driver license, medical insurance card, student ID or any valid identification.
Tourist Discount
With vouchers or receipts of hotels or inns in Yamanashi, on the day of the stay or the day after, you will receive about 20% discount for admission.



Free Parking lot for 345 cars, 16 buses and 6cars for those with disabilities.


Free-of-charge lockers (A 100-yen coin will return after use)

Wheel Chair, Baby Buggies

Please ask museum staff for wheel chairs and baby buggies.

For the Visitors in the Gallery

For viewing in a more agreeable enviroment, Please aside by the following requests aimed at protecting exhibits

■Inside the Museum

  • Bringing umbrellas inside is prohibited
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the museum
  • Pets are prohibited (except for guide dogs)
  • Please use the free lockers for large luggage

■Inside Gallery

  • Do not touch the exhibits
  • Photography by camera,video,etc. is prohibited
  • Eating and drinking is prohibited(including candy and gum)
  • Use of writing implements other than pencils is prohibited
  • Use of mobile phones and other devices that generate sound is prohibited
  • Bringing flowers and other plants inside is prohibited

Museum Shop

Catalogs, books, written materials on writerssuch as Dakotsu and Ryuta Iida,
Ryunosuke Akutagawa, and other merchandise are available. Hours 9:30-16:20

Access & Map

Around Map

by Train

From Kofu Station, South Exit. Take a taxi or a bus at track No.6.

by Car

From Kofu-Showa I.C. on Chuo Expressway, 3 km to the Museum.

From JR Kofu Station

Take any bus departing from Kofu St. Bus Terminal Midai ,Shikishima Office via Ryuuou,Nirasaki St via Ookusa,Kugawa-Danchi to Kenritsu-Bijutsu-kan . (about 15minutes).

By taxi, about 15 minutes.

Public transportation to JR Kofu Station image

By expressway bus

※ Travel time to JR Kofu Station depends on traffic.

[From Tokyo]
Board a Kofu-bound bus (Shinjuku-Kofu line) at Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal. About 2 hours and 10 minutes to JR Kofu Station
[From Nagoya]
Board a Kofu-bound bus (Nagoya-Kofu line) at Nagoya Station, Osaka. About 4 hours to JR Kofu Station.
[From Osaka]
Board a Kofu-bound bus (Kyoto/Osaka-Kofu line) at Abeno-bashi Station, Osaka. About 8 hours and 40 minutes to JR Kofu Station.

※ For more details, go to Yamanashi Kotsu web site.

By Car

From Kofu Showa IC (Chuo Expressway):

Proceed in the direction of Shosenkyo/Yumura from the toll booth, go 200 m and turn left. Continue on then turn left at Tokugyo Rittai Minami, go about 2 km and turn left at Kugawa Koban-mae,and go about 1 km on Route 52. The museum is located on the left.

Permanent Collection

The museum has gathered primarily literary work and related materials of writers associated with Yamanashi. The breadth of our collection varies from original handwritings of the authors, correspondents, calligraphy and paintings,
personal items, photographs to published books. We are very proud to present a notable collections of Ichiyo Higuchi, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Dakotsu and Ryuta Iida which speak to their qualities and volumes.
The Collections are exhibited in booths dedicated to individual authors in Gallery A / B.

Gallery A

Literary climate in Yamanashi
Ichiyo Higuchi
Writers associated with Yamanashi and their works
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Dakotsu and Ryuta Iida Memorial Room
Collection is rotated seasonally four times a year. Special limited time only displays are also exhibited.

Gallery B

Collection of 104 authors associated with Yamanashi is rotated twice a year.

Literary climate in Yamanashi
Ichiyo Higuchi
Writers associated with Yamanashi and their works
Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Dakotsu and Ryuta Iida Memorial Room
Collection is rotated seasonally four times a year. Special limited time only displays are also exhibited.

Special Exhibition

In addition to writers associated with Yamanashi the literary works of great writers in Japanese literary history are also exhibited.

Reading Room

Part of the literary materials from our collection is available to the public. We house a number of reference books, literary journals, and works by the writers of Yamanashi. Text or image search is possible. Audio-visual booths are available to find scripts or images of writers as well as their literary works.
Inquire at the counter about checking out materials from the stacks, photocopying (charged service), using Individual/Group StudyRooms (charged service).

Audio Guide

  • Introduction

  • Ichiyō Higuchi

    Ichiyō Higuchi: Novelist and waka-poet
    She was born in 1872 and died in 1896.

  • Dakotsu Iida

    Dakotsu Iida: Haiku-poet
    He was born in 1885 and died in 1962.

  • Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa: Novelist
    He was born in 1892 and died in 1927.

  • Hanako Muraoka

    Hanako Muraoka: Children’s author and translator
    She was born in 1893 and died in 1968.

  • Masuji Ibuse

    Masuji Ibuse: Novelist
    He was born in 1898 and died in 1993.

  • Shūgorō Yamamoto

    Shūgorō Yamamoto: Novelist
    He was born in 1903 and died in 1967.

  • Osamu Dazai

    Osamu Dazai: Novelist
    He was born in 1909 and died in 1948.

  • Shichirō Fukasawa

    Shichirō Fukasawa: Novelist
    He was born in 1914 and died in 1987.

  • Hōdai Yamazaki: Tanka-poet
    He was born in 1914 and died in 1985.

  • Ryūta Iida

    Ryūta Iida: Haiku-poet
    He was born in 1920 and died in 2007.