The Hakone Open-Air Museum
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Art blends with nature at this huge outdoor sculpture park, where works by both Japanese and Western artists are framed by trees, grass and mountains.
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  • Libby in Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, Ohio1,230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely sculpture garden.
    This is a lovely outdoor sculpture museum, especially on a beautiful day. There are Rodins, Henry Moore and many others. Climb inside the stained glass tower to the top for a view of the area. Visit the Picasso exhibit as well. The grounds are very pretty and it is a nice way to spend the afternoon.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 May 2023
  • allplanetsearch
    Menlo Park, California232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful outdoor museum
    Our guidebook described this museums as “unmissable” and it was indeed a great experience. There are a number of neat sculptures and installations spread across a large garden area, plus a couple of indoor exhibits including one focused on Picasso’s work only. There is a nice Western style restaurant by the exit and a quaint cafe on the grounds. The museum is just a couple of minutes walk from the train station on the Hakonetozan line, included on the Hakone free pass ticket - or if you don’t want to buy the pass, just use your IC/Pasmo card.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 June 2023
  • katie
    Puerto Rico29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-visit!
    The Hakone Open-Air Museum was one of our top activities in our 2 week trip to Japan! Set in a beautiful, serene setting in the mountains, there were so many beautiful pieces of art. We went as two families, with children aged 7, 8, 10 and 10 and every single one of us loved it! There were tons of interactive pieces of art to keep the kids happy. In fact, we had to drag them out of the climbing net after 30 minutes! It’s a big area and you can easily spend 3 hours there. An absolute hit with adults and kids! Tip: Just down the street is a gyoza restaurant. A perfect end to a long morning.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,917 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it, Even if You Don't Like Art
    The Hakone Open Air Museum is not what I expected. I thought it would be historical homes from the area, turns out it is more of a park with modern art. I'll be honest, I am not a fan of Modern Art, but I did enjoy this museum. The park itself was beautiful as was the surrounding area. The art is somewhat scattered throughout the park on random trails. Many exhibits were interactive making this place unique. It had fun things to do for both children and adults.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • ann
    Westfield, New Jersey192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick enjoyable visit
    worth a visit if you’re in the area. There are some very nice sculptures on the grounds with easily accessible walking paths. Family friendly, tons of open space, signage in English and Japanese, and a cute cafe, gift shop and foot onsen. 60-90 minutes but you could really spend as much time as you want.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Lizzy C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A family friendly museum, interesting & varied exhibits, set amongst a breathtaking landscape.
    An excellent museum for families an a highlight of our time in Hakone. We crossed the other things off our itinerary and stayed until closing. The maze and Woods of Net gave the kids (7 &10) a much needed opportunity to run, laugh play and climb after days in the city. The landscaping, distant views and the exhibits work together beautifully. The Museum was exciting and conveyed ideas and concepts in a way that was accessible and interesting to kids and adults alike.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 2023
  • pandora m
    Singapore, Singapore249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must go if in Gora / Hakone
    First time to an open air museum and was blown away by the different installations. Many were very intriguing and was also engaging for the children. We spent a lot longer here than we expected. If not for the rush to the next destination, we could have spent at least 3 hours here. There is also a hot spring foot bath midway into the open air museum
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Mark Harris
    Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    What a stunning place - not to be missed if you're in Hakone! Despite the amount of people that could be let in, the open space lets you appreciate every piece of art in your own time. Moves between contemporary, classical, and outdoor art. The stained-glass tower is a showstopper 😍
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Liss55
    Sandringham, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    Brilliant museum! I absolutely loved this place. So many intriguing and interesting sculptures, set in beautiful surrounds. The foot spring was perfect for a little rest and the Picasso exhibition was a highlight.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • CantBeBothered18
    Adelaide, Australia131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to showcase the sculptures
    The sculptures and landscape of this museum are amazing. We love how everything was put together - again showcasing how artistic and clever the Japanese are in their designs. The Picasso exhibition was also interesting. We love the stained glass tower the most due to its colour and the stories it tells. The grounds are so big that you can easily spend 2 hours here.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 February 2024
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Arne B
Munich, Germany134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I arrived around noon in Gora and was looking for things to do. As the options were limited I decided to visit this museum. If I had had more time, I'd probably done something different. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the way the museum is laid out and the artworks positioned in the landscape. If the weather is right and you have a few hours, thus is definitely a good option for the whole family.
Written 16 April 2024
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Darren L
Burnaby, Canada129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
I enjoy but generally don't "love" museums, but this one was definitely an exception. The wide range and diversity of exhibits for all age groups ensured that you were engaged and attentive throughout. It also helps that it's located in a beautiful spot in Hakone, and on a sunny day, it looks amazing with the outdoor displays.
Written 9 April 2024
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MapleLeafGirl123
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I really loved this open-air museum in Hakone. I think it was the highlight of our trip. If I could go again tomorrow, I would.

Just a lovely walk in autumn and the sculpture collection was diverse and well curated for the outdoor climate. There was a small collection of Henry Moore; to my surprise and wonder being a small town of Hakone.

The Picasso building was also very interesting. Omoshiroi! Picasso’s pieces were not typical Picasso. It revealed his more divergent works; mainly ceramics with unusual applications.

Bring good shoes. The pathways are sloped. I did see a wheelchair; but it wasn’t easy.
Written 5 April 2024
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Stopped by here for about an hour. It has some unique and beautiful sculptures and the stained glass tower is magnificent to stand in. While doing the Hakone loop - stop by and spend some time here. It wasn’t very crowded compared to everything else.
Written 4 April 2024
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia739 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a lovely open air museum with many interesting sculptures, the area is beautifully set out over the hills. The museum has some wonderful interactive pieces for children, many were having a ball. The museum has some indoor locations including one devoted to Picasso, which we found fascinating and learned a lot about the man. There is also a Cafe/restaurant.
Written 3 April 2024
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CantBeBothered18
Adelaide, Australia131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The sculptures and landscape of this museum are amazing. We love how everything was put together - again showcasing how artistic and clever the Japanese are in their designs. The Picasso exhibition was also interesting. We love the stained glass tower the most due to its colour and the stories it tells. The grounds are so big that you can easily spend 2 hours here.
Written 5 February 2024
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Liss55
Sandringham, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Brilliant museum! I absolutely loved this place. So many intriguing and interesting sculptures, set in beautiful surrounds. The foot spring was perfect for a little rest and the Picasso exhibition was a highlight.
Written 10 January 2024
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Mark Harris
Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What a stunning place - not to be missed if you're in Hakone! Despite the amount of people that could be let in, the open space lets you appreciate every piece of art in your own time. Moves between contemporary, classical, and outdoor art.

The stained-glass tower is a showstopper 😍
Written 12 December 2023
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pandora m
Singapore, Singapore249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
First time to an open air museum and was blown away by the different installations. Many were very intriguing and was also engaging for the children. We spent a lot longer here than we expected. If not for the rush to the next destination, we could have spent at least 3 hours here. There is also a hot spring foot bath midway into the open air museum
Written 9 December 2023
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LiMcG
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Fabulous setting and excellent collection of sculptures from many different artists. Nice cafe and shop. Easy access from the train station.
Written 30 November 2023
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