East Asian Art Galore in a Striking, Scenic Setting

Ancient and modern works exhibited in perfect harmony with nature

The hot spring paradise of Hakone, just a stone’s throw from Tokyo, is also home to one of Japan’s newest and boldest art museums.

Opened in 2013, the Okada Museum of Art boasts some 5,000 m2 of exhibition space in a five-floor building that blends seamlessly into the surrounding forests. The regular exhibition features 450 works from Japan, China, and Korea, including paintings, ceramics, and religious art from ancient to modern times.

Once you’ve seen everything, visit the Onsen footbath café to enjoy a drink and relaxing soak while beholding a majestic mural of Japanese wind and thunder gods, then take a stroll through the garden designed in harmony with Hakone’s nature. With a number of world-class museums nestled in its picturesque landscape, Hakone—comprising part of Japan’s Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park—is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo, or spend the night in a luxurious ryokan resort or hotel recognized by the European restaurant and hotel guide.

The stylish Romance Car express train will take you from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station to Hakone in only 75 minutes.

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