Attraction 493 Kowakudani, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Okada Museum of Art is special ?
The Okada Museum of Art in Hakone Kowakudani is a private museum, open to the public for the display of Japanese and Eastern works of art and cultural treasures. The displays represent a lifetime of passionate and discerning collecting by Okada Kazuo. The main collections are early-modern and recent Japanese paintings and ceramics from East Asia (Japan, China, and Korea), in addition the Museum has many fine and rare pieces covering an exceedingly broad range of periods and fields including such archaeological relics as Jomon pottery, clay figurines, and haniwa (hollow clay figures), Buddhist sacred statues and paintings from the Heian and Kamakura periods, and gold-lacquered or glass craftworks.
What to explore at Okada Museum of Art?
Showcasing the dazzling Japanese, Chinese and Korean art treasures of industrialist Okada Kazuo, this mammoth museum should not be missed. You could spend hours marvelling at the beauty of so many pieces, including detailed screen paintings and exquisite pottery. The museum is opposite the Kowakien stop.
After touring the galleries, visitors can enjoy strolling through the extensive gardens covering some 15,000 m2 and laced with spring streams and trees.
At the front of the building, the visitor will find footbaths with free-flowing water from the hot springs. Relaxing your feet and soaking in the footbath while enjoying a drink, you can appreciate Fukui Kotaro’s huge paneled mural “Wind/Time” (depicting a Wind God and Thunder God). The restaurants in the Hakone Kuramachi complex adjacent to the Museum are scheduled to open consecutively from 2014.
How to get to Okada Museum of Art?
From Shinjuku Station:
Take the Limited Express Romancecar to Hakone Yumoto Station (approx. 90-min).
Take either the Izu Hakone Bus (Bus stop #1) or the Hakone Tozan Bus (Bus stop #2) to the Kowakien stop (approx. 20-min).
Take the Hakone Tozan Train to Kowakidani Station (approx. 35-min). Take either the Izu Hakone Bus or the Hakone Tozan Bus to the Kowakien stop (approx. 2-min).
From Tokyo Station:
Take the Tokaido Shinkansen (Kodama) to Odawara Station.
Take either the Izu Hakone Bus (Bus stop #5) or the Hakone Tozan Bus (Bus stop #3) to the Kowakien stop (approx. 40-min).
- Best medium-sized art museum
- Beautiful garden and fine pottery museum
- Awesome garden and display
- Great architecture and a great collection of art
- Awesome people and friendly atmosphere
493 Kowakudani, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Tips for you
walking into this one without a clue I was skeptical of the 2800 yen price then the no phones allowed even if you power them off. understandable but then they tried to sell me a locker at another 100 yen. I laughed then said "sneaky", which then prompted them to advertise the free lockers to the left of the entrance. I really have know idea why they are not all free or all 100 yen. getting over that the first floor seemed devoted to Chinese Dynasty pottery glazed and not with some interesting pictures.second floor moved into Japanese era's for pottery. okay getting bored looking at hundreds of bowls by now. nice a third floor and this is what I appreciate more. drawings and paintings on artistic screen partitions. fourth floor even more and I start taking my time now. there is a 5th floor that holds some wooden carvings and then a nice garden that looks to go into a nicely set up garden and Ryoken. drawn to the outside I left the building but believe I saw all the art work as ther was no 6th floor. well browsing the property was nice and I had to walk all the way around to get my phone back from the inside but curiosity struck. not skeptical now, can be done in one hour and would recommend a look if your in the area. its on most of the bus routes as well as the Hakone Pass and right across the Yunessen onsen building. easy to hop off and hop on another bus from here. no photos allowed.