Attraction Hakone Open Air Museum, 1121 箱根町二ノ平 Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0493, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why The Hakone Open-Air Museum is special ?
Hakone Open-Air Museum (箱根 彫刻の森美術館, Hakone Choukoku no Mori Bijutsukan) is Japan's first open-air museum. The museum is opened in 1969 in Hakone in Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It has collections of artworks made by Picasso, Henry Moore, Churyo Sato and many others, featuring over a thousand sculptures and works of art. The museum is affiliated with the Fujisankei Communications Group media conglomerate.
The Hakone Open Air Museum, successfully attempts to create a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its spacious grounds in combination with beautiful views of the surrounding valley and mountains.
There is also a series of installations where children can play, a footbath fed by natural hot springs, and a variety of other facilities including restaurants and shops.
What to explore at The Hakone Open-Air Museum?
Walking around admiring artwork, being on your feet all day, after having been to the Hakone Ropeway/Hiking around a Boiling Valley, can leave your feet a bit sore and your tummy a bit empty. Not to worry, the Open Air Museum has you all taken care of.
There was a really interesting foot bath just outside of the cafe. The foot bath is sourced by a natural hot-spring water and uses lemon extracts to help you take a load off.
The foot bath was long trough filled with hot-spring water, with lemons and oranges floating in it. There were umbrellas to shade you from the sun, and mats for you sit down on. It was different a cool at the same time. Inside of the water were smooth, raised stones to help you to massage your feet.
After a re-energizing foot bath, it was just a twenty-second walk to the cafe. The cafe was had pretty tasty food including soups, sausages, small, hot-dogs, chips (like potato chips), and some great desserts.
How to get to The Hakone Open-Air Museum?
Take the Odakyu Line from Odawara Station, to Hakone Yumoto Station, then take the Hakone Tozan Railway to Chokoku-no-Mori Station, from which it is a 2-minute walk to the museum.
Take the Odakyu Line from Odawara Station to Hakone Yumoto Station, then take the Hakone Tozan or Izu-Hakone Bus to Ninotaira Iriguchi bus stop, from which it is a 5-minute walk to the museum.
Take the Tourist Attraction Sightseeing Bus to the Chokoku-no-Mori bus stop
Take the Tomei Expressway to the Atsugi I.C., and then take the Odawara-Atsugi Road through Hakone-Yumoto. Follow National Route 1 and turn onto Prefectural Road 723 at Gora-Onsen Iriguchi.
Take the Tomei Expressway to the Gotemba I.C., and then take National Route 138 to Miyanoshita. Follow National Route 1 and turn onto Prefectural Road 723 at Gora-Onsen Iriguchi.
- Best modern art Museum
- A well organized outdoor sculpture park
- Hidden gem in Hakone
- Wonderful collection in a picturesque setting
- Lots of great sculptures
Hakone Open Air Museum, 1121 箱根町二ノ平 Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0493, Japan
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I was completely blown away by the quality of this 'museum'. It has a huge collection of world-class pieces of art by hugely famous sculptors artists such as Henri Moore and Louise Bourgeois, and a whole indoor pavilion dedicated to Picasso. It doesn;t feel like a museum because it's set in a huge open-air park, which is set out like a japanese garden, with different levels and areas separated and punctuated by walls, hedges and cherry blossom trees. It is amazingly curated and the garden and sculptures complement each other perfectly. There are also play areas for kids and there were loads of families there with kids running around having fun, not realising they were in a museum! I cannot speak highly enough of this place. It costs Y1600 for adults but it is well worth it. there was also an amazing special exhibition on when we were there by a Japanese artist that was no extra cost. This was one of the highlights of our entire trip to Japan. There are lockers at the entrance which just need a refundable Y100 coin so if you're stopping en route to somewhere else you don;t need to worry about leaving your luggage at the train station - it's only 100 yards from the station.
This place is fantastic for everyone. Beautiful landscape and views, excellent art and several fantastic play areas for kids.