The Sengokuhara Silver Grass Plains is prided as one of the best in the Kanto Region. Stretching until the vicinity of the southern foot of Mount Kintoki and the northwestern foot of Mount Daigatake, the glimmering Silver Grass Plant Community is one of the sceneries representing Hakone in autumn.
This botanical garden in Hakone Sengokuhara was the first one in Japan to be dedicated to wetland plants. The garden contains some 1700 plant varieties, including about 200 types of woody and herbaceous wetland plants from Japan, and 1100 varieties of alpine, grassland, and forest plants, as well as some rare foreign plants. The tour route in the garden is organized according to a progression from lowland to highland, and from early- to later- stage wetlands to illustrate the development of wetlands. The exhibition room introduces animals and plants in the Sengokuhara wetlands with photos, panels, videos, and a large tank. The botanical garden also hosts some events to exhibit seasonal flowers.
This private museum, operated by the Pola Art Foundation, houses around 9,500 works of art featuring impressionist masterpieces, including those by Monet and Renoir, as well as Japanese traditional and oil paintings, glass crafts and make-up tools collected by Tsuneshi Suzuki, the former owner of Pola Orbis Group. The museum consists of 5 exhibition rooms: Western arts and modern Japanese arts from the 19th century and later are displayed in 3 rooms, ceramics from China and the Korean peninsula in a fourth room, and the collection of make-up tools in the final room. The highlights of the collection are modern oil paintings by Western artists celebrated in Japan including “Water Lily Pond” by Monet, “Girl in a Lace Hat” by Renoir, “Mother and Child by the Sea” by Picasso, “Vase with Flower and Thistles” by Van Gogh, and “Portrait of Lunia Czechowska” by Modigliani, to name a few.