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Art Biotop Nasu

  • Host organization

    NPO Art Biotop

  • Address

    2294-3 Michiue Takakuotsu, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi 325-0303 Japan

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Objective Art Biotop has been engaged in various local revitalization efforts in order to provide opportunities for people to learn from the history and environment cultivated in the land and to feel proud of their natural environment, by making the best use of its geographical advantage.
We are committed to make further efforts to be the “biotope” of a new form of local culture promotion through provision of flexible, out-of-the-box ideas, cooperation with local communities, and active use of our broad network both inside and outside the country.
Organization activities -Art
Artist in Residence, summer open college Schule im Berg (2008~), Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art (2009 –2014), Garden Project
-Eco & Education
Satoyama Zyklus (Bamboo project / Cultivation project) (2011)
Satoyama School (Higesoba class / Rice cultivation experience) (2011)
Sightseeing Summit (2010)
Founded in 2008
Background Specified nonprofit corporation Art Biotop received certification in 2008 when conducting renovation work on the former Togata Elementary School in Shodoshima, Kagawa Prefecture. Since then, Art Biotop has been engaged in the promotion of local art and culture and human resources development, including the Artist in Residence (AIR) program in Nasu-machi, Tochigi Prefecture and the summer open college Schule im Berg, which has been held every year since 2008.
Location / Environment Nasu-machi (Nasu Highland) is a town famous for sightseeing, agriculture and forestry, located about 180 km from Tokyo, or about half way between Tokyo and Sendai.
To the northwest rises the main peak of the majestic Nasu range of mountains, Chausu Peak (1,915 m). In the foothills, there are Nasu hot spring village, which was opened in 630, as well as many inns, cottage areas, historic sites such as Sessho-seki Stone, a theme park, and moreover the Imperial Villa. The town is therefore known as Royal Resort Nasu.
On the mountain slopes there stretches a vast area of dairy land, and rural natural scenery surrounded by the Yamizo Mountains spreads on the southeast, with various historic remains related to the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho and the samurai warrior of legend, Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
Contact Art Biotop Nasu
2294-3 Michiue Takakuotsu Nasu-machi Nasu-gun Tochigi-ken, 325-0303 Japan

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

-Pottery Studio (110 square meters)
Electric kiln (10 kW, 6 kW): 1 each
Electric pottery wheel: 3
Manual pottery wheel: 8
Other pottery tools are also available.
They may not be available for use when an experience activity is held for guests.
-Glass Studio (121 square meters)
Open melting furnace (150 kg): 1
Annealer: 2
Electric furnace: 1
Glory hole (350 diameter × 1000 deep, with two split door sets): 1
Glory hole (650 diameter × 1000 deep, with one split door set): 1
Marver (1200 × 450 × 25): 1
Air burner: 4
Oxygen burner (small): 2
Oxygen burner (large): 2
Sandblaster: 1
Horizontal grinder: 2
Vertical grinder (double shaft): 1
Table-top vertical grinder (single shaft): 2
Other glass blowing tools are also available.
As a rule, staff members do not provide support.
These facilities may not be available for use when an experience activity is held for guests.AL9


17 rooms ( 26 square meters)

Presentation spaceAvailable

* Courtyard (outdoor) / café & gallery: 74 sq. m.
* Gallery Satsu in Kudan, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo are occasionally used for exhibitions.


By train: Approx. 75 min. from Tokyo by Shinkansen. Take a taxi or shuttle bus from the station.
By car: Approx. 120 min. from Urawa I.C.