Biggest feature is the outdoor art museum. With the beautiful scenery and mountains of Hakone in the background, you can enjoy art. There are approximately 120 modern and contemporary pieces of artwork made by famous sculptors displayed here.
Hakone Open-Air Museum is a sculpture centered park that harmoniously blends nature and art, offering guests an intriguing perspective on both. The grounds are approximately 70,000 square meters and are surrounded by Hakone’s mountainous scenery. The museum’s outdoor setting makes it the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll. Peruse the grounds’ over 100 sculptures and allow your mind to wander. The museum also has indoor portions, with its most popular building being the Picasso collection.
Hakone Open-Air Museum is easily reachable by public transportation and is a two-minute walk from Chokoku-no-Mori Station, which is a stop on the Hakone Tozan Railway.
Walk Through the Scenic Grounds
When you first enter the museum grounds you will be greeted by an expanse of greenery decorated with curious sculptures created by Japanese and international artists alike. Hakone’s mountains stand tall as a backdrop, and on sunny days, the blue sky paints a beautiful scene that is ideal for some outdoor walking. Take your time studying the sculptures and observe the unique ways they interact with the environment. One of the museum’s most eye-catching attractions is the Symphonic Sculpture. This towering structure is composed of a spiral staircase surrounded by stained glass, which reflects a kaleidoscope of colors in the interior as you ascend. At the top of the sculpture is a viewing platform that offers you a stunning view of the park and scenery. The museum is filled with wonders waiting for you to discover. Give yourself enough time to explore them all!
Observe Picasso’s Artwork
The museum’s Picasso Exhibition Hall, a large white building with “Picasso” displayed in large black font, is difficult to miss, and for good reason. The hall contains an impressive collection of Picasso’s work in various mediums, such as paint, sculpture, tapestry, gemmail, ceramics, gold, and silver. Observe Picasso’s ever-changing style and constant evolution as an artist in the museum’s exhibits.
Convenience and Fun for All Ages!
The museum includes a few interactive exhibits aimed at children, which allow them to connect to the art in a playful manner.
After walking around the site, stop by one of the museum’s three restaurants. The Hakone Open-Air Museum Cafe is particularly lovely as it has spectacular views of the sculpture grounds and surrounding nature.
Prices for adults, college and highschool students, and junior high and elementary school students are ¥1,600, ¥1,200, and ¥800 respectively.
Of all the great museums in Hakone, the kids will probably enjoy this one the most. Lots to do and see, and it's outdoors!