Hakone Open Air Museum

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The Hakone Open Air Museum (̐Xp, Hakone Chōkoku No Mori Bijutsukan) successfully attempts to create a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its grounds in combination with views of the surrounding valley and mountains.

The museum has various different sections and exhibition spaces outdoors and indoors. The Picasso Exhibition Hall is one such space and showcases two stories of paintings, sculptures and ceramic works by the artist in addition to photos of him at various points during his life.

The Picasso Exhibition Hall

Outside, the verdant lawns of the museum are dotted with abstract sculptures from Japanese and international artists. One of the larger pieces is the Symphonic Sculpture. More reminiscent of a tower than a sculpture, visitors can enter and ascend a spiral staircase surrounded by colorful stained glass to a viewing platform with views of the park and the surrounding mountains.

The museum also offers several more exhibition halls with rotating exhibitions by various artists, shops and cafes that overlook some of the installations, multiple kids spaces including Zig Zag World where children can play among a soft art installation, and an outdoor foot bath.

Inside the Symphonic Sculpture

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Get There and Around

The Hakone Open Air Museum is a few steps from Chokoku No Mori Station on the Hakone Tozan Railway (30 minutes, 400 yen from Hakone-Yumoto, covered by the Hakone Free Pass), the last station before the terminal station of Gora. From Gora, the museum is a 10-15 minute walk.

How to get to and around Hakone

Hours and Fees


9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)


No closing days


1600 yen
1400 yen with the Hakone Free Pass
1500 yen with an online discount coupon

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An onsen ryokan on riverside. 2 min walk from Hakone Yumoto Sta. Internet connections in the room. Check-out until 11AM.


Hakone Senkei

Choose from Japanese traditional ryokan, private guest residence and budget hotel. 10 min walk from Hakone Yumoto station.


Kinnotake Tonosawa

Surrounded by a forest, this ryokan offers private open-air baths in every room. 3-min bus ride from Hakone-Yumoto. Just cross our suspension bridge.


Kinnotake in Hakone

Enjoy kaiseki cuisine for breakfast and dinner in your guest room in this luxury ryokan. All guest rooms are furnished with an open-air hot spring bath.

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Page last updated: September 10, 2016