A wonderland of sculpture both playful and profound, the installations and extensive outdoor facility embrace you with the nuances of Noguchi's creativity. The sensitivity and expressiveness of the Japanese-American sculptor are so potent here in his former studio and home that you'll feel as if he's giving the tour himself. There are hundreds of his works in stone and other media, although the emphasis tends away from the paper sculpture with which Noguchi is most often
associated abroad. Officially visitation requires at least two weeks notice, but phoning ahead will usually get you admitted. If you book in advance, though, you may be able to arrange an English-speaking curator. The museum is a 10-minute taxi ride from JR Yashima Station, or go two stops farther on the Kotoden Shido Line to Kotoden Yakuri Station before hopping a cab or walking for 20 minutes. The museum is closed each year August 13 to 16 and December 29 to January 5.