Hakone Offers Fascinating Museums with a View

Narukawa Art Museum

Narukawa Art Museum

The Panorama Lounge lets you enjoy Mt. Fuji like a painting! This is a unique museum with a collection of 4,000 Japanese paintings including masterpieces by great artists like Order of Culture winning Kyujin Yamamoto and Ikuo Hirayama.

Address: 570 Moto Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: About 54 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station” by bus or about 35 mins from Hakone Tozan Railway “Hakone-Yumoto Station” by bus. 5 mins walk from “Motohakone-ko.”

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

An outdoor museum where visitors can encounter sculptures in a natural setting. You can enjoy various masterpieces up close in nature by Henry Moore, Marta Pan, Japanese sculptor Genichiro Inokuma who studied under Henri Matisse in the 1930’s, and Susumu Shingu known for his kinetic sculptures that move in the wind.

Address: 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway for 52 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station,” or take the Hakone Tozan Railway for about 36 mins from Hakone Tozan Railway “Hakone-Yumoto Station” to “Chokoku-no-Mori Station” and walk for 2 mins.

Hakone Mononofunosato Art Museum

Hakone Mononofunosato Art Museum

A small museum with a collection of items related to Samurai including swords, armors, Samurai tools, tea ceremony tools, and paintings. You can also try on an armor crafted in the Edo period.

Address: 817-580 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun

Access: Take the bus for about 43 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station” to “Sengoku Annaijo-mae” and walk for 7 mins.

Hakone Museum of Art

Hakone Museum of Art

A museum where you can enjoy the garden and pottery. The exquisite Japanese “pottery” collection from the Tumulus period (3rd to 7th century) to the Edo period (17th to 19th century) boasts great pieces from across Japan. You can experience both Hakone’s nature and Japanese culture through walking past the Japanese garden designed by the founder, Mokichi Okada.

Address: 1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway for about 53 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station,” or take the Hakone Tozan Train Railway for about 37 mins from “Hakone-Yumoto Station” to “Gora Station,” transfer to a cable railway, exit at “Koen-Kami Station” and walk for 1 min.

Pola Museum of Art

Pola Museum of Art

Many of the collections include post 19th century Western paintings and modern Japanese paintings. Among them are various works by Léonard Foujita (Tsuguharu Fujita), one of the most popular Japanese painters from the School of Paris, who depicts “milky-white skin” in his works. The glass building is also unique.

Address: 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: Take the bus for about 16 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station,” transfer at “Hakone-Yumoto Station,” and take the Hakone Tozan Bus for 40 mins to “Pola Bijutsukan”

Okada Museum of Art

Okada Museum of Art

A museum with a large collection of Japanese paintings by iconic artists such as Katsushika Hokusai and Ito Jakuchu. There are also many potteries from China, Korea, and Japan. The garden that concentrates Hakone’s natural beauty is a must-see.

Address: 493-1 Kowakidani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: Take the bus for 40 mins from JR/Odakyu Line “Odawara Station” to “Kowaki-en” and walk for 1 min.

These wonderful museums are located across the Hakone area. Add them to your itinerary when visiting the place!