Art and Natural Splendor Await at the Hakone Open-Air Museum

Admire the works of the world's greatest artists in harmony with nature

Few museums in Japan can claim a more stunning setting than this one located in the verdant hills of the hot spring paradise of Hakone. Located just off the Hakone Tozan cog railway line to Gora, this venerable museum–established in 1969–showcases paintings and sculptures by some of the world’s most influential artists, from Henry Moore to Auguste Rodin and more. A special highlight of the museum is its Picasso Pavilion, where nearly 320 of the Spanish master's works are displayed on a rotating basis.

Sculpture is a particular focus of the museum collection, and the grounds are dotted with many eye-catching works. Set against the natural backdrop of the beautiful hills and valleys of the Hakone region and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, a wander through the grounds is the perfect marriage of art and environment. If you’re visiting with the kids, be sure not to miss the climbable sculptures specifically designed for the under-12 set.

Visitors are welcome to soak their weary feet in the museum’s on-site foot bath, featuring natural hot spring water drawn directly on the premises. Feeling peckish? Several eateries offer diners choices ranging from simple sandwiches and cakes to buffet-style meals.

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