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Kamakura Museum of Literature

Kamakura Museum of Literature

1-5-3, Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Map of Kamakura Museum of Literature

The Kamakura Museum of Literature was built in 1936 (Showa 11) as the former Kamakura villa of Maeda Marquis family. You can view the rooms reminiscent of the past, with marble fireplaces and stained glass, as well as the important resources inside from related authors such as Yasunari Kawabata. In the garden filled with greenery, some 250 shrubs of roses bloom in Spring and Autumn. This building is the model for the villa in Yukio Mishima’s novel, “Spring Snow”.

Travel tip

The grounds and rose garden are quite beautiful, but there is not a lot of English support available inside the museum.

Essential Information


Mar-Sep: 9:00-17:00
Oct-Feb: 9:00-16:30
(Admission is allowed till 30 min. prior to the closing time)



Closed Mondays (open if holiday), year end & new year holidays. ※Open every day in May, June, Oct. Nov. except for one closed day each month. It may be closed temporarily in-between exhibitions.

Adult: 300-500 yen
Elementary / Junior high school students: 100-200 yen
(fee changes per each exhibition)

  • Wheelchair friendly

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