Hakone Open Air Museum Review




Looking for a quaint  place to visit in Hakone?



Hakone Open Air Museum is the place to be if you are in the district.

What is Hakone Open Air Museum?
Hakone Open Air Museum
Do you know that Hakone Open Air Museum was founded in 1969?

It was set up as an outdoor art museum to allow the appreciation of great sculpture in natural setting. Despite its age, the exhibits are relatively new showcasing modern to contemporary art pieces. It is kids friendly and a good destination to go to spend an hour or two if you are in Hakone.

There are plenty to see in the 70,000 Sqm  Hakone Open Air Museum, we narrow down to 3 must see exhibits if you are press for time.
Source : Hakone Open Air Museum

Top 3 Attractions in Hakone Air Museum

Symphonic Sculpture (Gabriel Loire)
Symphonic Sculpture
Be dazzled by the symphonic sculpture. An imposing white tower  greets you . Step inside and you would be wow by the stained glasses that line up from bottom to top.

Photo By Little L
Bring your camera along. This place deserved to be photograph at every corner.
Photogapher

You can also climb up the flights of steps up the tower.
Let's explore
And be greeted with this view from the top.
View from the top
It certainly deserved another photo. In reality, photos does not do justice to this inspiring sight that reminds us of the  Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Ring.
Another look in the symphonic sculpture.
Knitted Wonder Space 2 (Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam)
Knitted Wonder Space 2
This unique wooden sculpture house a playground unlike anything we had seen before.
Colourful playground
It's a colourful web sculpture that allow kids to climb within.
Let's play
It may not be the usual playground we are used to, but it does provide tons of fun! There are other pockets of spaces like
Colours
Picasso Pavilion
Picasso Pavillon
Explore the life of Picasso through this exhibit. There are over 300 works of art created by the artistic genius and they take their turns making their round in the exhibit. A must see for art lovers.
Picasso Works
There are more!

There are plenty more interesting sculptures in Hakone Open Air Museum. Words does injustice to them, so we would just let the photos do the talking...
Man and Pegasus

Grande Hercles Archer

Personnage

Grande Stature de la Force

The Hand of God

Miss Black Power

Unknown Child

My Sky Hole

Sphere Trames

La Victoire de Villetaneuse
Other than the playground , there is also a maze in the park, check it out!

There are plenty of art around for you to admire. It was the highlight of our trip to Hakone and we highly recommend it!

Getting There



If you are travelling from Tokyo, you have to take the train from Shinjuku (Odakye Line) to Hakone Yumoto. Take the Hakone Tozan Railway to Chokoku-no-Mori Station which is a 2 minutes walk away.

This trip is best combine with a Hakone Free Pass. The pass allows you a hassle free way to take the major transportation in Hakone. With the pass, you will have access to the Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Tozan Bus,  Hakone Cable Car, Hakone Robeway and Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ( Pirate Ship) . You can pick up the Pass in Shinjuku and it includes a return trip from Shinjuku Tokyo to Hakone on the Hakone Tozan Train. It is the best way to experience Hakone on a daytrip from Tokyo.

You can get your  Hakone Free Pass from Klook here.

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