Hakone Open-Air Museum

21 Sep 2018 in So Design

Looking for culture? Mountain air? A day out with the kids? Here’s a museum that has it all!

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Just over an hour from Tokyo by train, Hakone is set in a national park, boasting picture-postcard views of Mount Fuji across Lake Ashinoko. It’s also home to some of the finest modern art in Japan.

And at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, you can combine both art and the outdoors in a single trip.

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Opened in 1969, this was Japan’s first open-air museum. Today, its sprawling grounds are home to 120 large-scale sculptures, with many more works housed in 5 exhibition halls around the park.

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Big-name European artists include Rodin, Brancusi, Miro, Henry Moore and Niki de Saint Phalle. There’s also a splattering of Japanese talent, including Kōtarō Takamura and Rokuzan Ogiwara.

The big draw for art-lovers is the Picasso Pavilion, featuring a selection of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics from the museum’s collection of over 300 pieces by the Spanish master.

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But the museum is also about hands-on fun. Kids will love Curved Space, a giant play area where they can climb into a structure of hollow geometric blocks.

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Another highlight is Symphonic Sculpture, a spectacular stained-glass tower that offers panoramic mountain views from its outdoor deck.

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And for the perfect end to the day, why not soak your hard-walked feet in the museum’s soothing foot baths?

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It’s the perfect way to prepare for a full hot springs bath experience at your hotel, whether you’re staying at Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone or Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara.

Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone

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Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara

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