Little Prince Museum

Little Prince Museum, Hakone-machi: Hours, Address, Little Prince Museum Reviews: 4/5

Little Prince Museum
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Speciality Museums • Gardens
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Little Prince Museum is the world’s only museum devoted to The Little Prince. It was created as part of the worldwide celebration of the birth centennial of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The museum, which explores Saint-Exupéry’s life, also features a French townscape and European garden, set within the lush natural beauty of Hakone.
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cathrine jane
Cork, Ireland39 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The museum gave me a deeper knowledge about the life of the author of The Little Prince. It also tackled loads of historical connection to the book. I just wish the movie about little prince and Saint-Exupery has some English subtitle for international guests to appreciate it too.
Written February 19, 2020
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tohxinru
Singapore, Singapore1,317 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
The Little Prince Museum exhibition hall is hidden inside the fake French shops, and judging by some reviews it looks like some visitors missed entering the exhibition hall. The exhibition describes Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's life and The Little Prince story, but the exhibition panels are almost entirely in Japanese. You can rent an audio guide in Japanese, English, or Mandarin for 200 yen. You can also borrow a free guide book in different languages. Photography is not allowed in the second floor of the exhibition hall, but it is laid out in an immersive and interesting manner. You can also visit little booths within the exhibition where you can chop on the brochure to complete the illustrations.

The small gardens contain statues of illustrations from the book, such as the people on different planets whom The Little Prince met. The staff members were friendly and offered to take photographs of us in the gardens. The museum shop sells many The Little Prince merchandise such as magnets and mugs. The restaurant sells themed desserts (starting from 11am) and meals (starting from 11.30am) for 1000+ yen. For example, for 1300 yen without set / 1750 yen with set, you can have rice omelette in the shape of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. I spent 3 hours here including lunch.

I recommend The Little Prince Museum for those who have read and enjoyed the The Little Prince or other books by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Minimally, one should have at least watched The Little Prince movie. If not, this museum will probably be meaningless to those who have no clue what The Little Prince is about.

There are lockers in various sizes next to the entrance where you can stash your bags for free, though you can lock them for 100 yen if your bags contain valuables.

If you only want to visit The Little Prince Museum, you can download the HIS Coupon app, in which you can download a 200 yen discount coupon for The Little Prince Museum. If you are visiting several museums, there are combination tickets for The Little Prince Museum and Pola Museum of Art (adult 2600 yen) / Lalique Museum Hakone (adult 2600 yen) / Hakone Venetian Glass Museum (adult 2400 yen) / Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands (adult 1900 yen), Hakone-En Aquarium (adult 2500 yen).

The duration of the Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus ride from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal to The Little Prince Museum is around 2h and costs 1900 yen. The duration of the Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus ride from Gotemba Station to The Little Prince Museum is around 25min and costs around 700 to 800 yen.
Written May 26, 2018
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luvtravellin82
singapore449 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
If you truly wanna understand the significance of this museum, you should read the story before you visit the museum. Not that you won't have fun at the museum, but it would make sense to you as you would know what it's all about. Be prepared as most exhibits are in Japanese.
By the way, before you get into the museum, be sure to grab the stamp sheet located near the entrance for a stamp rally. With the stamp sheet on hand, search for the locations of different stamps, and stamp them on the stamp sheet. At the end of the tour, you can exchange your stamp sheet for some freebies.
Written December 23, 2011
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Wanderlxst
Tachikawa, Japan63 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
I'm one of the easiest people to please, but was so disappointed for the lack of what was there. I'm a huge fan of Le Petit Prince! To be given a garden, a measly chapel, an exhibit that I could walk through in a minute, a cafe and expensive restaurant for what they charge is a bit of an insult. I had high hopes for the theatre screening to find them explaining foxes and their habitats, not actually pertaining to the Petit Prince...
My advice, skip the museum and go to the museum's shop. When you first arrive, you'll see the ticket centre, but just before entering on the left you'll see a locker room. to the left of the locker room is the exit of the shop where you can sneak in and buy cute merchandise. Hopefully this helps anyone wondering if it's worth it or not--just the shop!!
Written July 16, 2014
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Steffen T
1 contribution
May 2014 • Friends
Well, if you're not the Superfan of "The Little Prince" you can skip this "attractioN" easily. It has some nice houses and a nice garden, but that was it.
Also, check the opening hours.
Written May 8, 2014
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Irchargoodlad
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan30 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We couldn't really work out why this museum was here, sort of in the middle of nowhere. But, hey, it was great! It's easy to get to/from via the local Hakone bus system - we got the bus from Gora.

The quality of the exhibits and general french-looking facades was amazing, it really did look like it had been airlifted out of France. Most of the museum's content was in Japanese but you can get an English guidebook and read out of that at each attraction. The museum went into great detail about the author, and even had cute little recreations of his studies/bedrooms which was a nice insight into the past. A lot of effort had gone into the exhibits which was wonderful to see. I have never read the book (my partner had) but I still enjoyed it greatly.

I would also recommend the restaurant if you are staying awhile. The food was great and you get 3 courses + coffee/tea in a set for a pretty reasonable price. It's also a very cute restaurant playing nice french music with lovely service.

The museum shop also has everything you could want if you are a fan of 'le petit prince'.
Written December 19, 2017
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Gally P
San Diego, CA283 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Wonderful museum a great place to go and visit and see you can take the buses to all the museums and you can get tickets at the museum discounts if you go and see the other museum just purchase at the same time and at the first museum then you can plan your day and buses better ....the little price is amazing and so much too see take your time and take the book and read about the story behind the little price .... very fascinating!!!
Written August 9, 2017
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TokyoBlitzen
Yokohama, Japan3 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
A museum for cutesy-ness and selling gifts in the shop instead of learning about the story and the man.
I hoped it would be like the tintin museum in Bruxelles
Written November 24, 2016
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kmpres
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan16 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a French aviator and writer of the 1930s. He wrote many works on aviation and had a wonderfully descriptive style that truly captured the essence of what flying was like during a time when commercial aviation was filled with equal parts of wonder, promise and danger. He had a true gift of expression and his many books, translated into dozens of languages, are a testament to the awe, majesty and fear he felt while flying all alone in the empyrean heavens. His death in a P-38 Lightning recon variant while on a mission over German held territory in 1944 galvanized the world and only deepens the mystery surrounding his life. However, it is his Little Prince books that are most popular in Japan. This museum, dedicated to his life, is about 90% Little Prince and 10% aviator. If you like the Little Prince you'll love this museum. However, all displays are written entirely in Japanese or French, no English, which makes it hard for English speaking aviation buffs to follow what's going on. Also, at the time of my visit (May 2015), much of the place was being renovated and was off-limits to visitors. The gift shop is full of Little Prince stuff and a bit expensive, but sadly, has almost nothing related to his career as a pilot, the planes he flew and the books he wrote on flying.
Written May 27, 2015
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Renaissance_Pakmara
Toronto23 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
I was travelling in Hakone with my wife, who loves Le Petit Prince" and we were stunned to drive by this museum. The next day we made a special effort to go back for a visit and had a really nice time. This is a quaint regional museum, which a museum honouring the works of Experry. Its very pleasant to stroll the grounds. Highlights are the Coffee shop, the Restaurant and the Gift Shop - where my wife obtained Xmas gifts for all of our kids who grew up on Le Petit Prince. If you are in Hakone, it is worth a side trip. Parking lot on site. Easy to access via the "S" bus which runs through Gora.
Written October 31, 2014
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