Attraction 箱根ガラスの森美術館, Japan, 〒250-0631 神奈川県足柄下郡 箱根町仙石原940−48 Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Venetian Glass Museum is special ?
Venetian Glass Museum features Italian styled buildings housing a museum and shops. Outside is a large strolling garden surrounding a canal like pond. The garden has a number of large glass sculptures laid about it, as well as a cafe with an open terrace at one end where live canzoni (Italian ballads) performances are held.
The Glass no Mori's Venetian Glass Museum houses a collection of over 100 pieces of Venetian glassware. It displays both modern and classical works in all forms including vases, goblets, lamps and sculptures.
The Hakone Glass no Mori is run by the Ukai Group, an operator of themed high class restaurants, which also owns the Kawaguchiko Music Forest at Kawaguchiko in the Fuji Five Lakes region.
What to explore at Venetian Glass Museum?
When you walk into the museum building from the entrance, you will pass a brilliant glass walled corridor. 160,000 drops of crystal glass hang on a 9-meter arched flame and reflect the sunlight luminously.
Modern glass art has adapted flexible ideas and has expanded its field from tableware and interior to outdoor sculpture. Dale Chihuly is one of its most aggressive. You can see his glasswork in the modern art area and in the garden. His colorful glass series of Macchia and Seaform are exhibited in his own exclusive exhibition room. They are so interesting and exciting. One of his sculptures is in the middle of a pond. It is a piece made of countless curled white glass tubes. They are entangled and twisted around each other and form a big cluster in the middle.
The museum also offers classes on how to do glass art. There are two classes held on a regular base: Sandblasting Class (30-40 minutes, from 1200 yen) and Fusing Class (15-20 minutes, 1600-2000 yen). Sandblasting is a technique used to scrape the surface of glass. You can make your own original glass using sandblasting. Fusing is a technique used to join different pieces of glass together using heat. The class has kits for making key holders or necklaces. You choose a motif and put them on a glass plate. The instructor then puts it into kiln. It takes about 60 minutes to fire and fuse.
Facing the large, busy garden, the café here also has a nice view of the quiet mountains. Sipping seasonal fruit tea, people watching and listening to live Italian music will have you feeling relaxed and contented after enjoying the glass art. Talented Italian singers perform a canzone show six times a day.
How to get to Venetian Glass Museum?
From Hakone-Yumoto Station, take a Hakone Tozan bus bound for Togendai and get off at the Hyoseki/Hakone Glass no Mori-mae bus stop (20 minutes, 750 yen, 4-5 buses per hour, covered by the Hakone Free Pass).
- Over 100 Pieces of Venetian Glassware in Display
- A Jewel in the Mountains
- Awesome Display
- Glass Glass everywhere
- Amazing place, fairy wonderland.
箱根ガラスの森美術館, Japan, 〒250-0631 神奈川県足柄下郡 箱根町仙石原940−48
Tips for you
We spent the most unusual Christmas Day ever at this lovely museum. The grounds are glorious - a sort of Japanese/Italian fusion that works wonderfully well. The museum itself was built specially to house the glass collected by the owner of at least one Tokyo restaurant. It ranges from 15th century gems to modern works, and includes an exhibition of works combining steel and or wood with glass from the studio of Livio Segusa. On the day we were there the grounds were dazzlingly lit up by trees made of thousands of crystals. We also heard a short recital by an Italian duo - one on viol;in and one on accordion. The former had accompanied Pavarotti and the latter had conducted the Milan symphony so this was a very professional recital. Apparently although the Japanese do not celebrate Christmas, it is the day on which young couple go out on a date, so the grounds were full of well-dressed and well-behaved young people gazing at one another adoringly. It certainly gave a good Christmassy vibe of love to the world!!
¥1500 for adults, last entrance is at 5pm