We had two days in the Hakone area so had a full morning to enjoy this place after checking out of our ryokan. It is close to the train stop before Gora, called Chokoku-no-mori. We walked from Gora station passing the Gyoza centre where we went back to for lunch (thoroughly recommend).
When we arrived it was foggy and deserted (a weekday first week of December) .Very atmospheric.We enjoyed the autumnal gardens and the sculptures in the fog then....the sun came out and it was a perfect day .We really enjoyed the setting, the gardens and the views as well as the sculpture.There are great play spaces for children.
Don't miss the Picasso Museum.Not huge but it has examples of work using different media .As well as painting there is silverware, ceramics and gemail (multi-layered coloured glass making a picture, illuminated from behind).I was previously not a Picasso fan but I was very impressed.
My other favourite was a round tower, near the Picasso Museum, with a wall of brightly coloured stained glass.
Try and get here if you can.
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