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“A highlight of our Hakone visit.Don't miss the Picasso Museum.”

The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Ranked #1 of 115 things to do in Hakone-machi
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Owner description: Art blends with nature at this huge outdoor sculpture park, where works by both Japanese and Western artists are framed by trees, grass and mountains.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed February 5, 2013

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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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I should start by saying that I'm not a huge fan of sculpture. Even with that caveat, I enjoyed strolling around the beautiful grounds of the museum. The area is quite nice, so there are gorgeous views. There is enough variety in the art that even I found some things that I enjoyed. The foot bath was a very nice touch for the museum as well.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

This large sculpture garden is geared toward art-lover parents with young children. There are a variety of climbing structures (plexi bubbles, an indoor play area, and a set of webbed nets) that are only open to kids under 12. The whole area is stroller-friendly, with gently sloping paths.

There is a cafe next to the hot foot baths where you can get an edible sandwich for about 600 yen, a cupcake for about 300 yen, or a thousand layer cake roll (hard to describe, but very tasty) for about 180 yen. There is also a picnic pavilion (opposite the webbed installation), but this building was unheated, so it was actually colder than outside and we didn't linger.

The art was very good, and particularly striking outdoors (set against the trees and sky), but it was bitterly cold when we went, so we spent more time in the indoor galleries. In the building with the cafe/gift shop, make sure you check out the sculpture gallery upstairs (the Henry Moore gallery?) because there are some very striking pieces in there (particularly look for the ballet dancers in wire by Giacomo Balla).

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We simply love the Hakone Open-Air Museum. There were 13 of us, and everyone was having a good time there. We came last week, winter has just kicked-in, the weather was dreadful, it was wet and cold but the view was magnificent! The vast yellow landscape welcomed us, surrounded by the picturesque hills of Hakone. Picasso's collection was the main attraction for the adults. For the children, it was obviously the colourful Wood of Net. Facilities were more than sufficient. There were a couple of restaurants and souvenir shop. There was also a resting place in the middle of the park, just in case the guests were tired and needed a short stop during the trip. You could also dip your tired feet at their Hot Spring Foot Bath (extra charge). I must say that this place was really the highlight of our Japan trip.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We enjoyed strolling through the grounds and seeing the sculptures. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent (for free) and English audio guides are available (for a fee). We borrowed a wheelchair and they gave us a map of the wheel-chair accessible route. There are free umbrellas to borrow if it rains. There is also a free foot bath to soak your tired feet from all that walking. Many kids seemed to enjoy playing in the wooden nest house. If you like art or are looking for family-friendly activities, I would recommend this sculpture park.

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