Hakone Open Air Museum

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Ninotaira, Hakone, Japan

Hakone Open Air Museum Reviews

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Expansive Open Air Museum Aug 14, 2014
If your planning a trip to Hakone to visit the ropeway then its a necessity to visit the open air museum on the way.

The museum is well maintained and expansive. There's a lot of fun pieces and a hall dedicated to works by Picasso. The Picasso hall mainly houses ceramics but its still cool to see works by the man himself. Unfortunately theres no photo taking inside the hall :(

The museum is a fun way to spend 1-2 hours, kids will love it as there's places to play around. There's also a little hot spring foot bath to relax in on the way.

I'd recommend visiting the open air museum. Its quirky, fun and well carved into the landscape.
Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
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Excellent museum Oct 07, 2013
Even if you don't have any special interest in modern art or in sculpture, which is the focus for this museum, it is still worth coming here for the marvellous setting. Works by Henry Moore, Picasso, Antony Gormley, Rodin, Miro, Giocometti and many others are beautifully displayed around the grounds, each one positioned in a spot carefully chosen to show it off to best advantage. As you wander the paths you find a new gem around each corner, and most you will see from several angles and all with these fantastic scenic backdrops. Among my favourite works were:

~ Sfera con Stera by the Italian Arnaldo Pomodoro

~ Reclining Figure: Arch Leg by Henry Moore, and others by him

~ a series of four Grande Statues (la Force, la Victoire, la Libertė and la Eloquence) by French sculptor Bourdelle, which looked especially good in this setting

~ and a kinetic sculpture by a Japanese artist, Takamichi Ito, called Sixteen Turning Sticks.

Make sure, if you are able, to climb the spiral steps up the Symphonic Sculpture for some more wonderful views, as well as admiring its wonderful stained glass interior. There are also several indoor galleries, including one devoted to an extensive collection of works by Picasso including, unusually, pottery pieces. But we chose to spend all our time outside enjoying the scenery as much as the art.

And when you tire of the exhibits, or simply need to rest your feet, there is a treat at the far end of the gardens - a hot water spring foot-bath! Slip off your shoes, dip your toes into the warm water (65 degrees) and relax. For 100¥ you can get a small towel to dry off your feet afterwards, which makes a great little souvenir too.

There are several spaces dedicated to children, with colourful "sculptural" pieces to climb on, through and around. There are also some actual sculptures that are particularly likely to appeal to them, so this museum would make a perhaps surprisingly good family choice.

There are also plenty of places for refreshments. We had lunch in the Chinese restaurant near the entrance, which has fantastic views of the museum and the mountains beyond. There's also an Italian buffet restaurant here, and a cafe at the far end, near the hot spring, where we had an ice cream (700¥ for two scoops, and yes, they do have green tea ice cream!)

Entry to the museum costs 1,600¥, or 1,400¥ with the Hakone Free Pass. Photography is not allowed in the galleries but is fine out of doors providing it's not for sale or other commercial purposes.
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