This museum house the private collection of Mihoko Koyama, which is comprised of more than 2,000 pieces.
In the countryside is Miho Museum, famed as much for its architecture as for its collections from across Asia (and well-presented special exhibitions). The museum's owners, an environmentalist religious sect, charged architect I.M. Pei with preserving the natural setting, in a hilly region of Shiga prefecture east of Kyoto. He did this by taking the top off of a mountain, building the pyramidal glass museum there and then replacing the mountaintop as it was, trees and all. Eighty percent of the museum is located underground.
Reaching the museum is part of the experience: take a train from Kyoto station to Ishiyama (13 minutes), where a 50-minute bus ride takes you to up to the museum on the mountain; your final approach is via a tunnel curved so that the museum itself isn't revealed until the last moment.