Hakone Museum of Art

Attraction 箱根美術館, Japan, 〒250-0408 神奈川県足柄下郡 箱根町強羅1300 Published on: 26-02-2016

2 hours
09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
02:00 PM
04:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Family
Historic
Museum
Scenic
Must see
Kids
Art
7.80 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Hakone Museum of Art was established in 1952 by Okada Mokichi (1882-1955). Soon after the end of World War II, Okada began energetically collecting works of Oriental art.

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Why Hakone Museum of Art is special ?

The Hakone Museum of Art was established in 1952 by Okada Mokichi (1882-1955). Soon after the end of World War II, Okada began energetically collecting works of Oriental art. To prevent these art works from being sold abroad, he opened the museum and made available to be viewed the works of art by many people. Located in the Gôra district of Hakone, 630 meters above the sea level, the museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens that are designed to exhibit the seasonal beauty of nature. Since the opening of the MOA Museum of Art (a sister museum) in 1982,the Hakone Museum Art focuses on displaying medieval Japanese ceramics from the Jômon period (10.000B.C-200B.C?) through to the Edo period (1615-1867).


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What to explore at Hakone Museum of Art?

Visiting the museum, you will admire the Japanese Ceramics collection. After visiting the museum, you can go to the Moss Garden with beautiful moss covering most of the ground. The few red azaleas made it a pleasant Japanese style garden to visit. Specially, you should visit the garden in the autumn when the leaves become red. It is really enjoyable.

Besides the moss garden, you can see the museum grounds which feature a Japanese landscape garden, the Sekirakuen Garden, which is open only on weekends, national holidays and everyday during the month of November. The garden spreads over the slopes of Gora, featuring large decorative stones, a mountain stream and views over the valley and mountains.

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How to get to Hakone Museum of Art?

By Trains

Hakone Tozan Railway: Odawara Station - Gôra Station (approximately 60 minutes)

Hakone Tozan Railway Cable-Car: Gôra station - Kôen-kami Station (approximately 5 minutes)

By Cars:

JR Odawara Station - Gôra: approximately 40 minutes

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Selling points

  • Awesome garden and display
  • Beautiful autumn leaves in November
  • Underwhelming in winter
  • Beautiful garden and fine pottery museum
  • Tranquil moss gardens and Japanese Ceramics
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
102.60 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
12 places

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箱根美術館, Japan, 〒250-0408 神奈川県足柄下郡 箱根町強羅1300

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Tips for you

  • Woman's restroom in the Main building is equipped with a baby bed.(no nursing room available)
    Toilet
  • You should ask permission if you want to take photograph.
    Photography
  • There are wheelchairs available for borrowing at the museum.
    Equipment
  • From April to November, the opening time is 9:30 - 16:30.
    Timming
  • You should buy admission ticket 30 mins before closing time.
    Timming
  • Those under the age of kindergarten can enter only with a responsible adult, such as his/her parent or older sibling.
    Other
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
    Safety
  • It is located at 1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa-prefecture 250-0408.
    Location
  • Parking lot is available.
    Parking
  • For Junior high school students and school children, admission ticket is free.
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Hakone Museum of Art (箱根美術館, Hakone Bijutsukan), located in Gora, was founded by Okada Mokichi in 1952. Later in 1982, Okada also opened the Museum of Art in Atami that has a much larger display area. Currently, the Hakone Museum of Art focuses on medieval Japanese ceramics from the Jomon period (10,000 B.C. ~ 200 B.C.) to the Edo period (1615 ~ 1867). The museum (main building) is a Chinese-style (more or less) with a blue tile roof. It was a 2-story building, and the displays were not so attractive compared to other museums. Taking photos is not allowed inside the galleries. On the 2nd floor, there is a big glass window where you can see the famous character "dai" (大) standing out beautifully on the hillside on a sunny day. If you can’t find it, ask the attendant for help. After the museum, you can go to the Moss Garden with beautiful moss covering most of the ground. The few red azaleas made it a pleasant Japanese style garden to visit. It was a pity that we did not visit the garden in the autumn when the leaves become red; it is probably more enjoyable. We were there on Wednesday and found out that the Sekirakuen Garden was closed; it only opens on weekends, national holidays, and everyday during the month of November. The path to the Sangetsu-an Tea House was closed as well. The Shinwa-tei Tea House was open, so we took a rest there and enjoyed the view of the garden through the big bright windows. The green leaves under the sun were so green, and I certainly took lots of photos (no tripod allowed). I would suggest visiting Hakone Museum of Art on a weekend during November because of the brilliant autumn colors, making it the best time to visit. The Hakone Museum of Art is open daily except Thursday. It can be reached via Hakone Ropeway to Koen-kami Station. You can see it once you step out of the cable car. The admission is 900 yen; you can get a discount with Hokone Free Pass. I would like to give it a 4 instead of 3 if we visited in autumn and weekend.

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