Attraction The Museum of The Little Prince, Japan, 〒250-0631 神奈川県足柄下郡 箱根町仙石原909 Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Little Prince Museum is special ?
The Little Prince Museum is a museum of art and design that showcases Surrealist works from all over the world. The museum is named after The Little Prince book, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, in honor of the book’s surrealist plot and fantastical illustrations.
The Little Prince Museum will be located in the Red Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. The location was decided based on the fact that the desert is an important, reoccurring setting in The Little Prince, as well as a common setting for classic and contemporary Surrealist paintings from artists like Salvador Dali, Vladimir Kush, Yves Tanguy, and Félix Labisse.
The museum's minimalist architecture is intended to contrast with the natural shapes of the rocky mountains of the desert, similar to the Surrealist art exposed in the museum.
What to explore at Little Prince Museum?
Inside the museum, you can see illustrations from the Little Prince in rooms re-created to capture the details of Saint-Exupery's time.
After visiting the main exhibition one can proceed along cobbled streets to the small cinema, which has an Art Nouveau foyer and a space-age auditorium. The film shown is an animated version of “The Little Prince” and lasts about 20 minutes. Sitting on comfortable stools one can follow the story (in Japanese) and see the faithful copies of Saint-Exupery’s illustrations.
There is also a cafe and restaurant so you can enjoy a meal and chat with your friend after visiting.
How to get to Little Prince Museum?
Train and bus
Approximately 30 minutes by Hakone Tozan Bus from the Hakone Yumoto station on the Odakyu line.
Get off at the Kawamukai Museum of The Little Prince bus stop.
For details regarding timetables, fares, etc., please see the Odakyu Electric Railway and Hakone Tozan Bus home pages.
Approximately 20 minutes from the Tomei Expressway Gotenba Interchange
Parking lot (112 spaces (two disabled spaces, one taxi space)) information
Passenger cars Weekdays: free, Weekends/holidays: 300 yen
Busses (reservation required) Weekends/holidays: 1000 yen
Express busses run through Shinjuku and Ikejiri. Get off at the Kawamukai bus stop (in front of the museum).
- Lovely posters and statues
- Adorable and informative
- Great place for kids
- Small museum, quite quaint, interesting, nice surroundings
- A nice little museum
The Museum of The Little Prince, Japan, 〒250-0631 神奈川県足柄下郡 箱根町仙石原909
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I stayed a stone's throw away from the museum. The grounds are pretty. The entrance fee JPY1600 isn't cheap but I think it's necessary to keep the museum property well. Nice European French style buildings. Interesting museum. There are multi language guidebooks to explain the exhibits. Everything else is mainly in Japanese. I never read the book but the museum was still fun for me. I went through the exhibits 2-3 times. Once with the Japanese guide lady. It was nice. Then again with the English guidebook and again just wondering around. Although the place was small I spent a good 2-3 hours there. I enjoyed the atmosphere. Too bad the garden area was undergoing repair when I was there. Could not see the facade. The best part was the delicious food at the museum restaurant! I was hungry and just wanted a bite but I was surprised that the French food served at the museum restaurant was spectacular! I had the special winter 4 course meal and it was hardly JPY3000 including tax and it was totally scrumptious and filling!! Wonderful! One of my best meals in Japan! Recommend!!