Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is famous for hot springs and beautiful sceneries such as Lake Ashinoko and its mountains. Besides, Hakone also has many art museums within its harmonious nature. Each art museum has its unique exhibition and beautiful places which you can admire. We would like to introduce five attractive art museums in Hakone in this article.

Art Museums in Hakone

Hakone is famous for sightseeing spots such as hot springs, Lake Ashinoko and Kowakudani, but it also has unique art museums. Many art museums in Hakone are spacious and surrounded by rich nature. There are art museums where you can experience works in various ways, and some even have foot baths. Isn't it a great experience to appreciate art in a spacious museum with special features of Hakone?

Five Recommended Art Museums in Hakone

Hakone is full of wonderful spots for art. We will introduce five art museums where you can appreciate masterpieces in an environment with rich nature.

The Hakone Museum of Art

The Hakone Museum of Art is the most historic museum in Hakone. There are Japanese "Yakimono" (pottery) such as Haniwa, Tsubo and Chawan. You can see old works from ancient Jomon period to Edo period.

Access to The Hakone Museum of Art

Go to Gora Station by Hakone Tozan Railway bound for Gora. Change to cable car at Gora and get off at Koen-Kami Station.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: The Hakone Museum of Art
  • Street Address: 1300 Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa
  • Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway at Odawara Station and get off at Hakone-Yumoto Station. Change to Hakone Tozan Railway bound for Gora and get off at Gora Station. Change to cable car and get off at Koen-Kami Station.
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Language: Japanese only
  • Ticket: At counters of museum
  • Credit cards: Not accepted

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

The Hakone Open-Air Museum is a museum where you can enjoy art outdoors. Many sculptures are exhibited on its spacious site. You can take photos with the sculptural works too.

Access to The Hakone Open-Air Museum

Get off at the Hakone Tozan Railway Chokoku-no-Mori station and walk for about 2 minutes.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: The Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • Street Address: 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Access: Odawara Station → Hakone-Yumoto Station → Hakone Tozan Railway Chokoku-no-Mori Station → get off and walk for 2 minutes
  • Wi-fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Japanese only (Audio guides in foreign languages available)
  • Tickets: At counters of museum; in convenience store
  • Credit cards: Not accepted (except for museum shop)

Pola Museum of Art

The Pola Museum of Art is an art museum that displays Impressionist masterpieces such as works by Monet and Renoir. The glass-covered architecture allows light to enter the building, so the museum has a bright atmosphere inside and looks gorgeous from the outside.

Access to Pola Museum of Art

Take the Hakone Tozan Railway at "Hakone-Yumoto Station" and get off at Hakone Tozan Railway Gora Station. Take the “KANKO SHISETSU-MEGURI” Bus bound for Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands and get off at Pola Museum of Art stop.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Pola Museum of Art
  • Street Address: 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway at "Hakone-Yumoto Station" and get off at Hakone Tozan Railway Gora Station. Take the “KANKO SHISETSU-MEGURI” Bus bound for Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands and get off at Pola Museum of Art stop.
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Language: English
  • Ticket: At counter of museum, stations and in convenience stores
  • Credit cards: VISA、 MasterCard、JCB

Okada Museum of Art

The Okada Museum of Art displays works of art from ancient times to modern times mainly from Japan, China and Korea. There is also a garden where you can enjoy the seasonal nature of Hakone.

Access to Okada Museum of Art

Take the Izu Hakone bus at Hakone-Yumoto Station and get off at Kowaki-en stop, followed by a short walk.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Okada Museum of Art
  • Street Address: 493-1 Kowakudani, Hakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Access: Take the Izu Hakone bus (about 20 minutes) at Hakone-Yumoto Station and get off at Kowaki-en stop, followed by a short walk.
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Japanese only
  • Ticket: At stations, In convenience stores
  • Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB

Narukawa Art Museum

You can admire the collection of contemporary Japanese paintings at the Narikawa Museum of Art. Also, the breathtaking view of Hakone such as Lake Ashinoko and Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed from the observation deck of the museum.

Access to Narukawa Art Museum

Take the Hakone Tozan Bus at Hakone-Yumoto Station. Get off at Motohakone-ko stop and walk for about 3 minutes.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Narukawa Art Museum
  • Street Address:  570 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway at Odawara Station and get off at "Hakone-Yumoto Station". Change to Hakone Tozan Bus and get off at "Motohakone-ko", followed by a 3-minute walk.
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Language: Japanese only
  • Ticket: at counters of museum, stations and in convenience stores
  • Credit cards: Not accepted (except for museum shop)

Access to Hakone

You can access "Hakone-Yumoto Station" from Tokyo by taking Shinkansen or JR at Shinagawa Station and get off at Odawara Station. Change to Hakone Tozan Railway at Odawara Station and get off at Hakone-Yumoto Station.

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