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Absolutely worth a visit !

It takes a little while to get there from downtown ( about 45 min ) but it is a special place. If... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2018
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Visit it for Tadao Ando's design and the history of water management

The museum is designed by Tadao Ando and worth visiting both for its architecture and the well... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2018
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

It takes a little while to get there from downtown ( about 45 min ) but it is a special place. If you are into architecture, the outside alone is worth it. If you would like to learn a little more about the history of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

The museum is designed by Tadao Ando and worth visiting both for its architecture and the well curated exhibition on the history of an ancient water management system in Japan (the Sayama reservoir). When entering the main entrance of the complex, you can see the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank ayAroundTheWorld
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Although we visit the place on a very sunny and warm day, it was a very pleasant journey. The route from train station to the museum is clearly marked so you won't get lost from there. Besides the exhibits of the oldest reservoir in Japan,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MagnumSung
Reviewed 24 November 2015

During our trip to Japan we visited several pieces of modern architecture (since my husband is an architect) but for me, walking behind the water cascade at the Sayamaike Museum was almost spiritual and just took the experience to another level all together! The volunteer...More

Date of experience: November 2015
3  Thank Chetna1973
Reviewed 24 November 2015

A lesser known museum, this is designed by Tadao Ando. Definitely worth a visit if you're into modern architecture. Ando at his best. Surprisingly quiet and free from the crowds. Good place to take photos. Entrance to the museum is free. However, I find the...More

Date of experience: October 2015
3  Thank kixguy
Reviewed 11 November 2015

This building is dedicated to the engineering of Sayamaike Pond, an early irrigation lake dating back to the 7th century. That may sound a little dry (*ahem*) but what really makes this museum a special experience is the architecture (by Pritzger prize winner Tadao Ando)...More

Date of experience: November 2015
2  Thank MrDurden
Reviewed 9 September 2014

Stunning architecture by Tadao Ando. Highly worth visiting just to experience the environment created by Ando.

Date of experience: September 2014
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Response from MrDurden | Reviewed this property |
Only small coin lockers that would fit a day pack. There is however an information desk - I don't know, but I suspect that if you asked, the staff might watch over your bags on an "all care but no responsibility... More