The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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The Hakone Open-Air Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Art blends with nature at this huge outdoor sculpture park, where works by both Japanese and Western artists are framed by trees, grass and mountains.
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GroovyM
Kobe, Japan292 contributions
Many art pieces, good layout, easy to see everything
Mar 2021
There are many more art pieces that expected and the layout is very easy to follow and easy to see everything. It was great to climb the stairs inside the stain glass window tower. The Picasso exhibit was very interesting, we learned a lot of new information. There was an English description for all the art pieces.
Written 10 March 2021
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trevor w
Tokyo, Japan104 contributions
Birthday
Oct 2020 • Family
Set in beauty country surroundings, the museum is well worth a visit for families z it takes about 3 hours with a stop for coffee so not too long meaning you won’t get bored! Well worth a visit for a half day excursion.
Written 25 October 2020
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Gillian W
Yokosuka, Japan55 contributions
Good, even for a rainy day
Sep 2020 • Family
We started our day in the drizzle and explored the large sculpture collection. The grounds are beautiful and the sculptures are nicely spaced and arranged. The pond has a small network of little paths coming off it which take you to various hidden gems. Bring 10 or 100¥ coins to feed the enormous koi! There are bathrooms in several different places through the grounds (by the two children's attractions and the gift shops) and the paths are wide enough to accommodate the traffic. My kids did ok with the scavenger hunt in the Picasso hall (otherwise would have suffered greatly) but they loved playing in the tree of nets but start there, it's gets crowded by 10-11 o'clock. We enjoyed the foot onsen, a nice break from the sculptures and art exhibits. Do this after the stairs up the tower--dont skip the tower, it may look unimpressive outside but it's amazing inside!
The water was very comfortable and the seating easily accomodates social distancing (but not wheelchair accessible). We got a beer and some baked gods from the restaurant and it's expensive compared to the states and I've had better food from other food counters at attraction in Japan but the lemongrass beer was good and the muffin vanished even though it was a big dry.
Not all spaces are stroller or wheelchair friendly (the tower, the pond, and the star garden) but the indoor exhibits all have access for mobility challenged.
We stayed for about 2.5 hours and got lunch at Lawson's and ate in the parking lot (the other restaurants were closed for off season or packed)
Written 30 September 2020
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dr o
Outside the country322 contributions
So refreshingly fun!
Aug 2020 • Family
Great pathway. Easy walk. Amazing sculptures and presentation. Wonderful photo ops. A large cafe in the center with a foot bath just outside the door. It was hot and humid outside—so a warm foot bath was not so alluring. Closes at 5pm, which was ok - but as we made our way out, guided to the gift shop, they shoooed us out! Come on! If the outside museum closes at 5:00, then the gift shop needs to stay open till 6pm. We didn’t buy a thing because of that!
Written 22 August 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,931 contributions
Art from the Far Side - a planet far far away
Oct 2019
I will put my hand up straight away and admit that this sort of Attraction is not up-my-street. I am a Philistine, when it come to arty-farty stuff.

However, with the possible exception of several of Picassos's works, where the reaction of 'Duuurh', 'What-the-heck', 'Really' & 'Nor me' seemed entirely appropriate, I really quite enjoyed it and found some quirky things to entertain and amuse.

Easy to roam, get around, spotlessly clean and lots of space. Something for everyone - even Philistines & kids.
Written 10 August 2020
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Geoff W
5 contributions
Don't miss this
Feb 2020
What a great place to visit. Fresh air, world class exhibits and scenery to compliment a leisurely couple of hours walk. The Picasso centre was amazing- so much to see and learn about the artist. Not usually a great fan of museums, but this was a memorable morning excursion- and no crowds was a bonus. Would go again.
Written 28 March 2020
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ellen r
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada127 contributions
World class
Feb 2020 • Family
What a gorgeous setting for many sculptures.
We spent 2 hours walking the grounds, appreciating the topography, views, and thoughtfully located sculptures throughout the site. There was a surprise/ reveal around every corner and along the paths.The restaurant was mediocre but had a great view.
Written 23 February 2020
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tamara h
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
Really enjoyed roaming around outside admiring the art.
Jan 2020
Great place to visit. A lot of different art on show, we really enjoyed our afternoon roaming around the grounds.
Written 18 February 2020
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ioannapantelis
42 contributions
Must check out when in Hakone
Feb 2020 • Couples
Can easily walk to Open Air Museum from Gora (8 minute walk). Great experience especially the Picasso exhibition.
Written 9 February 2020
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mazalea2012
Raleigh, NC121 contributions
Outsized contemporary sculpture dotting the jills beside meandering paths, nice tea house, too
Apr 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this visit exploring works by great European and Japanese artists under the sunshine. The Symphonic Sculpture was so cool to climb up through the prisms of color. Children's netted play space actually lured more than a few adults, too.
Written 3 February 2020
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