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Credit：photo Takumi Ota／Okada Museum of Art
Okada Museum of Art
Immerse yourself in a palace of nature and fine art in Hakone
Hakone is renowned for its hot springs, rich nature, and abundant art museums — a trifecta making it the premier retreat for discerning Tokyoites. The Okada Museum of Art, a relative newcomer to the scene, taps into all three of these strengths. Opened in 2013, it takes advantage of Hakone’s natural gifts to create a palace of fine art in a mountainside oasis.
A beautiful five-story building holds roughly an acre (5,000 ㎡) of tranquil exhibition space, housing a collection focused on modern and early-modern Japanese paintings, including several works by Hokusai and Utamaro, as well as an outstanding array of East-Asian ceramics.
In addition to the exhibits, an extensive garden invites exploration and introspection. Featuring woods and waterscapes including a mountain stream promenade, water-lily pond, hot-spring footbath, and seasonal flower garden, its centerpiece is the restaurant Kaikatei.
Set in a refined and renovated mid-century Japanese house, Kaikatei offers delicious udon dishes and specially prepared bento boxes from prominent local restaurants. With its waterfall backdrop, it creates a relaxing setting where it feels like time stands still.
Immerse yourself in art with a relaxed heart and mind, reflect on the treasures left by the ancestors, and come away restored and refreshed.