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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Art & Design

Hakone Open-Air Museum 箱根彫刻の森美術館

Explore an open-air museum where art and nature merge

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, situated in the mountains of Hakone, spreads across 70,000 square meters with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. This museum opened in 1969 and was the very first of its kind in Japan. The museum is the perfect spot to go for a leisurely stroll surrounded by nature, all the while appreciating some great art.

Don't Miss

  • The museum's gardens in any season
  • The Symphonic Sculpture–an awe-inspiring stained-glass work of art

How to Get There

You can reach the museum by train and bus.

You can take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to JR Odawara Station, then the Hakone Tozan Line train to Chokoku-no-Mori Station. The Hakone Open-Air Museum is just a short distance from Chokoku-no-Mori Station. Both trains and buses run from Shinjuku to Hakone.

Quick Facts

This is the first outdoor, open-air museum of art in Japan

There are 120 pieces by contemporary sculptors spread across the 70,000-square-meter museum grounds

The indoor Picasso exhibition that features 300 of his works

Get up close and personal with over 100 pieces of art

The defining feature of the Hakone Open-Air Museum is the vast array of 120 sculptures spread across the grounds. Including works by sculptors from both Japan and overseas, the many sculptures of this museum invite you to get up close and personal to appreciate what each piece is trying to convey.

Because these sculptures are outside, they can create different impressions from season to season. Whether against the backdrop of the beautiful florals of the spring or the bright sunlight of the summer, the red and yellow foliage of the fall or the stillness of the winter, the sculptures are beautiful whenever you visit.

One of the largest of these sculptures is the Symphonic Sculpture. Visitors can go inside and climb the tall stained-glass tower-like sculpture to a platform with a great view of the museum grounds.

See a world-class Picasso exhibition

There are five indoor exhibitions at the Hakone Open-Air Museum, one of which houses a world-class Picasso exhibition, the Picasso Pavilion. The museum's collection has more than 300 of Picasso's works, including oil paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, and gold objects. While only a certain number of pieces are on display at any given time, visitors can get an intimate look at the famous artist's work.

A glass forest of ineffable beauty

Not far from the museum is another that celebrates glass: the Hakone Glass Forest Museum. Highlights include glass trees with delicate leaves and blossoms, crystal bridges, Venetian glass from the 15th and 16th centuries, and the works of world-renowned glass artisan Dale Chihuly and others. You can even try your hand at glassmaking.

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