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- 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 visitWritten May 15, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Art museum with very nice oriental artifacts, it may take you a whole day to go through all the exhibits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。
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, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 handWritten July 12, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Only if you are read Japanese. Ery small place, about 10 exhibits which can be covered under 20mins For Ekiden fans.Written March 9, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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