Museums in Hakone-machi

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Museums in Hakone-machi

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  • Joey H
    Yokosuka, Japan4 contributions
    Wow! This open air museum has everything. From Picasso works to a tower of stained glass. There is even moving artwork. Give yourself several hours to visit
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • SmileyPic
    Tokyo1,861 contributions
    Visited with a friend. Wonderful quiet time surrounded by art. Had a nice outdoor path with large artwork against the backdrop of trees. Parking fee for each entrance, next t it's entrance.

    A nice restaurant within its ground an accessible without museum ticket too. There is a separate cafe in the lounge area as well.
    Written December 10, 2021
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  • Jocelyn
    1 contribution
    I love the Hakone Glass Forest. We enjoyed our time there. The glass creations are splendid. Would visit again.
    Written January 16, 2020
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  • cathrine jane
    Cork, Ireland39 contributions
    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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  • Hiroaki Kaneko
    Tokyo, Japan2,555 contributions
    箱根を代表する美術館の一つ。敷地は大きく分けて美術館と庭園の2つに構成されている。
    美術館は、主に日本・中国・韓国の東アジアの美術品が展示されている。時代は紀元前のものから近現代のものまで幅広く、しかも展示数が極めて多い。展示品はいずれも一級品、もしくは歴史的に極めて価値のあるものばかりで、特に陶器や青磁を始めとする器類の展示は目を見張るものがある。説明も読まず簡単に展示品を鑑賞するだけでも、全ての展示品を鑑賞しきるのに2時間以上を要する。全ての展示品をじっくり鑑賞するには、その日1日を全て鑑賞に充てる必要があるかもしれない。タッチパネル式デバイスが随所に設けられ、日本語だけでなく英語・中国語・韓国語で展示品の説明を見ることが出来るが、そのデバイスは主要展示品のみが対象となっている。その他の展示品の説明は基本的に日本語のみであることに注意したい。
    庭園はまるで森林の中を散策するような構成になっている。純和風の庭園というわけではないが、木々の葉擦れや水の音を聞きながらのんびり過ごすのに最適だ。傾斜を巧みに活用された庭園であり、随所に休憩用のベンチが用意されている。一方で水場が多いことから特に夏は蚊が発生しやすい。庭園を散策する際は長袖の服を着るなどの虫よけ対策が必要だ。
    小涌谷駅から徒歩で行ける距離ではあるが、上り坂(一部では急)であるため、車もしくはバスで行く方がいいかもしれない。美術館内はエレベーター・エスカレーター完備で、車椅子等の障碍を持つ方でも自由に利用できるが、美術館前の道路から美術館の入り口に至るまでの道が急な坂道となっており、車椅子の方は補助が必要になると思う。庭園は前述の通り傾斜があり小径は凸凹しているため、障碍を持つ方の利用はお勧めできない。なお、美術館内は撮影禁止で、撮影できるデバイスは一切持ち込むことが出来ない。チケット売り場では空港の保安検査並みの手荷物検査が行われており、撮影できるデバイスは全てコインロッカーに収納しなければならない。

    This is one of the representative art museums in Hakone. The site is divided into two main sections: the art museum and the garden.
    The art museum exhibits mainly East Asian art works from Japan, China, and Korea. The exhibits range from B.C. to modern and contemporary art, and are extremely numerous. The exhibits are all first-class or historically valuable, and the pottery, celadon and other vessels are particularly impressive. Even without reading the explanations, it would take more than two hours to go through the entire exhibition. If you want to see all the exhibits in detail, you may need to devote an entire day to it. There are touch-screen devices throughout the art museum that provide explanations of the exhibits in English, Chinese, and Korean as well as Japanese, but these devices are only for the main exhibits. The explanations for the other exhibits are basically in Japanese only.
    The garden is structured as if you were strolling through a forest. It's not a purely Japanese-style garden, but it is a perfect place to relax while listening to the rustling of leaves and the sound of water. The garden makes good use of the slope, and there are benches everywhere for resting. On the other hand, mosquitoes are likely to occur, especially in summer, due to the many water features. When strolling in the garden, it is necessary to wear long-sleeved clothes to protect yourself from insects.
    Although it is within walking distance from Kowakudani Station, it is an uphill walk (steep in some parts), so it may be better to go by car or bus. The museum is equipped with elevators and escalators, and can be freely used by wheelchairs and other disabled visitors, but the path from the road in front of the museum to the entrance of the museum is a steep slope, and wheelchair users may need assistance. As mentioned earlier, the garden is sloped and the paths are uneven, so it is not recommended for visitors with disabilities. Photography is not allowed in the museum, and no devices that can take pictures are allowed to be brought into the museum. At the ticket counter, you will be subjected to a baggage check similar to an airport security check, and all devices that can take pictures must be stored in a coin locker.
    Written August 31, 2021
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  • Jeff T.
    34 contributions
    Lovely historical pottery and ceramics. Not big but thoughtful, well displayed pieces. The big surprise is the exquisite garden surrounding it. The moss garden especially.
    Written January 5, 2020
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  • Francois L
    Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France1,248 contributions
    Don’t miss this visit which I discovered because of bad weather forbidding cruising the lake ! Some very nice pieces exhibited there in a beautifully designed museum. Great taste throughout !
    Written September 23, 2019
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  • CarlosTeacher
    Oakland, CA36 contributions
    To be honest, we went to this museum because it was the ONLY place with a cafe open for a late breakfast in the ENTIRE town. The little sandwich was perfectly fine, but what made it most enjoyable was the lovely view of the lake (Mt Fuji was hidden by clouds). The art collection is small but interesting. Perhaps not enough by itself to warrant a trip, however. What I enjoyed the most was the collection of lovely kaleidoscopes, which visitors can look into and spin by hand
    Written July 12, 2019
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  • Josh the Travel Guy
    Halifax, Canada235 contributions
    Hakone checkpoint museum is one of the best ways to experience the history of this section of Japan. Located close to other tourist attractions, this mostly outdoor museum sits along the eastern shore of Lake Ashi.

    At 500 JPY or $6.00 CDN, the admission fee is well worth the cost. Within the outdoor section of the museum, you’ll visit the reconstructed buildings that made up the checkpoint - a border control stop between the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Here you will learn about the importance of this checkpoint, and why this location was chosen to become the most strict and regulated border crossing within the country.

    Be sure to climb up the hill at the back (there are stairs) to get to the watch towers. Here you have a view of the museum, the lake, and on a nice day, Mount Fuji in the distance.

    As you continue along the path, you’ll come to an indoor section of the museum where you can see models of the long processions of people marched from cities such of Kyoto to Tokyo as a display of power and wealth, and why Tokyo loved this so-called “display of power” as a defence tactic.

    I would give yourself 1-2 hours to visit this location. We paired this with the boat tour of lake ashi and still had a lot of time remaining in our day.

    The museum has information in Japanese and is self-guided. I recommend picking up an English pamphlet as it contains information about each station as well as a map.

    It’s a fantastic stop to learn about some history and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys knowing the background of the area they are visiting.
    Written February 2, 2020
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  • Della G
    Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
    This is a small geo museum and is relatively near the gift and restaurant stops. It charges a nominal fee and you can pretty much read and view everything in about an hour. It gives a good insight in the developement of the volcanic activity, sulphur vents and hotsprings etc. It has sufficient descriptions in English enough not to overwhelm you.
    Written July 16, 2020
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  • Zoé Ward
    3 contributions
    Went here on a whim. Don't be put off by the rather run down exterior or indeed the first room or two which appear very random. There are some truly delightful miniatures in here and even my partner and our Japanese guide (who had never even heard of it) really enjoyed it. Some nice things in the shop too. Bit hard to find but on a bus route.
    Written October 20, 2018
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  • Andrew C
    Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
    Only if you are read Japanese. Ery small place, about 10 exhibits which can be covered under 20mins For Ekiden fans.
    Written March 9, 2019
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  • Boris B
    34 contributions
    Very friendly and detailed history and artifacts of Japanese Karakuri Boxes. With historical and contemporary puzzles. Many pieces had limited quantities so they are rare and can hardly be seen. The founder is a collector himself and made his collectables available to the public,
    Written January 7, 2020
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