Chino Cultural Complex

Chino Cultural Complex
Chino City Museum of Art

Chino Cultural Complex is found in Chino City, a highland city located in the basin surrounding Lake Suwa at the foot of Mount Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture. It is a cultural complex containing Chino City Museum of Art, along with a theater, music performance space, citizens’ gallery, library and other facilities. Based on the idea of “a place where every member of the community takes a leading role,” it was built in 2005 as a center for community interaction, with direct citizen participation in architectural planning. Directly connected with JR Chino Station, it is the gateway to Jomon relics and ruins such as the earthen figurines “Jomon Venus” and “Masked Goddess,” both National Treasures, and the historic Suwa Taisha Shrine. We aspire to be a center for community interaction where people can gather, experience different types of expression and art, and create culture.

What kind of place is Chino Cultural Complex?

The place where every community member takes a leading role.

  • A place for all types of people living in the community

  • A place where you can experience the uniqueness of theater

  • A place to encounter and interact with art

  • A place to encounter never-before-seen expressions and genuine art

  • A place to enrich the spirit through cultural experiences

  • A place to tell everyone how much fun the town is

  • We go out into the community to spread art and culture

  • We welcome project ideas and suggestions from everyone in the community

User Guide

Chino Cultural Complex / Chino City Museum of Art

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Library and museum permanent exhibition room: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Days Closed
Every Tuesday (If Tuesday is a public holiday, the next business day)
End of year and New Year (December 29 through January 3 of the following year)
Community Culture Creation Co., Ltd. , Chino Cultural Complex Designated Administrator
  • 1-1-1 Tsukahara
    Chino City
    Nagano Prefecture
  • TEL: 0266-82-8222
  • FAX: 0266-82-8223
  • Official Website in Japanese


By train:
Take the JR Chuo Main Line and get off at JR Chuo Station; directly connected from East exit, about one minute
By car:
About 12 minutes from Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway



Welcome to the world of Shakespeare!

Chino Cultural Complex will stage a theatrical performance of The Winter’s Tale by the Shakespeare for Children Company.
Why not watch a touching performance together at the Theater for Everyone that opens its doors to people from different countries and different generations?

Theatrical performance, The Winter’s TaleShakespeare for Children Company

Date and time
July 19, 2018 (Thu) Starts at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Chino Cultural Complex Multi Hall

Tickets All seats unreserved

General Public
3,000 yen
Chino Cultural Complex Friends Club member
2,500 yen
* Welcome ticket (overseas visitors)
1,500 yen

Please enter the necessary details on this website’s application form and send it to us, or call the Chino Cultural Complex help desk.

*Elementary, middle and high school students
Free admission

Please visit the Chino Cultural Complex help desk beforehand to receive your free ticket. If you are unable to come to the help desk, please inquire by phone. If you are an elementary school student, please come to the show with your parent(s). Parents, please request a normal ticket.

Please refrain from bringing pre-school children into the venue.

Childcare information

Babies at the age of 0 to preschoolers
10 people
Free *Note: Reservation required
Application deadline
July 17, 2018 (Tue)
Application method
Please apply by email to Event Childcare by Mothers with the following details:

Subject line: The Winter’s Tale, Chino Cultural Complex, July 19
Body: (1) Name(s) of parent(s) (2) Address (3) Telephone number (4) Name of child (5) Child’s gender (6) Child’s date of birth (7) Whether the child has any food allergies (8) Email address

Fuyu Monogatari (The Winter’s Tale)

Author: William Shakespeare – translated by Yushi Odashima
Scripted and directed by: Seisuke Yamasaki

The Shakespeare for Children series has received many awards including the Kinokuniya Theater Award and the Yuasa Yoshiko Award (awarded to the best translation of a foreign language play into Japanese). This year we present a masterpiece of Shakespearean romantic plays, The Winter’s Tale (premiered in 2011). A family tragedy caused by jealousy, and the purity of young love. A story of destiny spanning 16 years.

Keiji Itakura, Masayoshi Yamaguchi, Masahiro Totani, Chikara Wakamatsu, Kim Tei, Megumi Oouchi, Satsuki Ooigawa, Seisuke Yamasaki
Lighting: Akira Yamaguchi, Acoustics: Masao Kakubari, Costumes: Shihomi Sandaiji, Production Assistant: Kyou Ogasawara, Stage Director: Yuriko Kasai, Project Planning: Kanon Kikaku
Illustration: 100%ORANGE, Promotional Art: Kiyoaki Ichikawa

How to apply for a Welcome Ticket

We would like visitors to Japan from all over the world to enjoy a Japanese stage production at a regional theater and so for this performance, we have prepared a Welcome Ticket (1,500 yen) for foreign visitors that is less expensive than a normal ticket (3,000 yen). On the day, we will distribute a free program in five languages: English, Portuguese, Tagalog, Chinese and Korean.

How to apply
Please enter the required items on the application form below and press the Send button. Your application will be complete when you receive a receipt number by reply email.
Procedure for attending the play
On the performance day, July 19 (Thu), please come to Chino Cultural Complex before the start time of 7:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. when the doors open, we will set up a Welcome Ticket reception desk in front of the Multi Hall at the Center. Please present your receipt number there and purchase the number of tickets you applied for. You can enter with that ticket. All seats are unreserved, so please choose any vacant seat.

Application form

*Required items

Note: Please enter a number where we can reach you on the day
For confirmation

Please answer the following, if you don’t mind

Do you live in Japan? Are you visiting Japan as a tourist?
Which country are you from?
How long have you stayed?
Are there places you often go to? If so, what kind of places are they?
If you have any questions, please fill in

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