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The Hakone Open Air Museum


Spend a spiritually rich time surrounded by huge field sculptures and nature of Hakone

The Hakone Open-Air Museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan. It is located in grand nature of Hakone that was once called one of the most rugged paths in Japan. The garden with a view of the mountains of Hakone and changing four seasons provides an ideal outdoor setting to show oversized sculptures.

There is a permanent exhibition of about 120 masterpieces of modern and contemporary sculptors in the world. The Picasso Papillion exhibits in series one of the world's best collections of Picasso consisting of about 300 items. There are four other indoor exhibition halls: main hall gallery, multi hall, art hall and Ryokuei gallery to guarantee a day to appreciate works of art in a relaxed manner even when it is raining.

The museum's collections include about 100 masterpieces of Rodin, Bourdelle, Miro, Moore and others in the garden; and Brancusi, Morie Ogiwara, Boccioni, Lipchitz, Modigliani, Shin Hongo and others inside. Enjoy huge artworks up-close in the open air. Strolling in nature you may unexpectedly come across an inspiring sculpture under a green shade. Children are playing energetically among sculptures. This is a place to spend such a wonderful time. Hakone is also famous for foot bath. It is another pleasure to relieve the fatigue of walking with a footbath in the museum.


Address: 1121 Ninotair, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa
Phone: 0460-82-1161
Hours open to visitors: Open year round. 9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Admission Fee: 1600 yen (adults); 1100 yen (aged 65 and older, university and high-school students); 800 yen (middle and elementary school children)
Directions: (Train) At JR Odawara Station (35 minutes by Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station), take the Hakone Tozan Line to Chokoku-no-Mori Station. From there the museum is a 2-minute walk. (Car) 30 minutes from Gotenba Interchange on the Tomei Expressway.

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