Okada Museum of Art is an art museum located in Kowakudani, Hakone. It has the largest indoor gallery in Hakone, and mainly exhibits Japanese, Chinese, and Korean works of art, from ancient period to modern artworks. Visitors may admire artworks while enjoying the warm foot bath. The most important artwork in the museum is the massive wind and thunder gods entrance mural. Whether if it is the museum's restaurant with Japanese style architecture or its huge garden, Okada Museum of Art has a lot to offer.
Okada Museum of Art
The Okada Museum of Art opened in Kowakudani, Hakone in 2013. It was constructed on the site of the old Kaikatei hotel built in the Meiji period for Westerners. The museum is a five-story building, having an impressive exhibition space of around 5,000㎡. It exhibits over 450 Japanese, Chinese and Korean works of art ranging from ancient times through to the present age. Above all, one masterpiece has caught the attention of art aficionados for its massive wind and thunder gods entrance mural: the 12 m x 30 m “Wind/Time” by Japanese-style painter Fukui Kotaro. In addition, visitors can enjoy strolling through the extensive gardens on site covering 15,000㎡ where you can enjoy the scenery of four seasons in harmony with nature (admission fee: 300 yen). It takes about 40 minutes to walk around the garden.
Highlights of Okada Museum of Art
The Okada Museum of Art offers Japanese and Asian art. It displays Japanese paintings by Ogata Korin, Katsushika Hokusai, Yokoyama Taikan, and a collection of ceramics mainly from Japan, Korea and China. You can also find archaeological artifacts such as Jomon clayware and earthen figures. There are also Buddhist artwork (statues, paintings) and crafts such as lacquerwork, jade and metalwork pieces. The museum's collection is valuable and expansive in its temporal reach as well as the fields it covers. You can enjoy strolling through the extensive gardens where you can enjoy the scenery of four seasons in harmony with Hakone's nature. The museum also has food stores where you can look at the view of the garden while having a meal. At the front of the building, there are foot-baths with free-flowing water from the hot springs. Visitors can relax their feet and soak in the foot-baths while appreciating the magnificent mural “Wind/Time” at the front of the building.
General information about Okada Museum of Art
Opening hours are 9:00~17:00 (Last admission: 30 minutes before closing). Closing days: 31st Dec, 1st Jan, closed occasionally for exhibition renewal. Admission fee is 2,800 yen (2,550 yen) for adults/university students and 1,800 yen (1,550 yen) for elementary/junior high/high school students. () Is the fee for advance tickets mainly sold at convenience stores. Recording devices such as mobile phones, cameras and tablets and also beverages are not allowed to be brought into the museum galleries. Please kindly store such items in the lockers, provided free of charge, before entering the museum. Unauthorized reproduction of artworks are prohibited.
Access to Okada Museum of Art
To access the Okada Museum of Art, take the Hakone Tozan Train at Odawara Station and get off at Hakone-Yumoto Station. Change to the Izu Hakone bus or the Hakone Tozan Bus (about 20 minutes) and get off at Kowaki-en stop, followed by a short walk. If you want to minimize transfer, take the Izu Hakone bus or Hakone Tozan bus at Odawara Station (approx. 40 minutes) and get off at Kowaki-en stop, followed by a short walk.
※Unauthorized reproduction of photographs is prohibited
Spot name: Okada Museum of Art
- Street Address: 493-1 Kowakudani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
- Access: Take Izu Hakone bus or Hakone Tozan bus at Hakone-Yumoto Station (about 20 minutes). Get off at Kowaki-en stop, followed by a short walk; Or take the aforementioned buses at Odawara Station (about 40 minutes). Get off at Kowaki-en stop, followed by a short walk.
- Wi-Fi: Unavailable
- Language: Only Japanese (pamphlets in Chinese & English)
- Ticket: At stations; in convenience stores
- Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, Diners, UnionPay