We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

“An absolute must see!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Hakone Open-Air Museum

The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Book In Advance
and up
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Level Contributor
160 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“An absolute must see!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

After having lived in Japan for over seven years, it was only in my last weeks in Japan that I visited the Open Air Museum. I'm very sorry that I hadn't visited earlier and seen a variety of exhibitions there. The artwork/sculptures (in this Philistines opinion) were just amazing!!! Being able to wander around freely to look at a variety of artwork and take as many photos as you like made the experience even more enjoyable. Do it!! And don't wait seven years to visit the museum!

Visited August 2013
Thank Frogchick73
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

1,666 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Ridgefield, CT
Level Contributor
747 reviews
433 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 418 helpful votes
“Spectacular setting and awesome art and sculpture!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is a "not to be missed site if you are in the area". The sculptures and displays are incredible and fit beautifully into their natural setting. It is said that the seasons change the displays and based on the incredible settings, I believe that this must be so. The museum, first of its' kind in Japan, opened in 1969 and is now home to 120 permanent works by well-know modern and contemporary sculptors like Picasso, Henry Moore, Boccioni Rosso etc. There are 5 exhibition halls including the Picasso Pavilion, pieces of art for children to play on, a natural spring foot bath, a symphonic sculpture and an art hall. Food is available and there is a lovely Gallery shop. Take your time, art can be found in every nook and cranny! A lovely place to enjoy a stroll, sit and ponder the beauty and have a relaxing footbath at the end.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Yeah, it's that good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

I had my doubts about this museum, thought it might just be another excuse to charge tourists with nothing better to do but I was wrong. The museum is great and very kid friendly. Both indoor (for smaller kids) and outdoor (for kids up to 12) play structures, a stream filled with koi (which you can feed), great selection of sculpture and a very well curated Picasso museum. I'm a former art history major (not working as a barista thank you) and learned quite a lot about Picasso, especially his later life -- all signage is also in English. Although it was very warm the day we went, the hot spring food bath felt great after walking about the museum.

Visited July 2014
Thank foodie66
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
251 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Should not be missed - excellent outdoor and indoor art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

We spent 3 days in Hakone and spent a morning at this open air museum. We really enjoyed the Picasso exhibition and the outdoor sculptures. A great place for photography. We love art and found the displays well done and with English interpretation . We travelled from Ubako on the ropeway, changed to the cable car and then the train . The museum is only a 5 minute walk from the station. If you have the Hakone Free Pass it makes the travel easy and you get a discount on the entry fee. The ropeway and cable car also provides great views of the volcanic region and mountains.

Visited July 2014
Thank jackirmic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
159 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Unique museum in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

This open air museum tucked away in the Hakone mountains is a must-see for those who appreciate art sculptures by world renown artists. Although the weather was misty all-day, we got an early start at the museum that morning. Very few visitors most likely due to weather.It was great for our family to roam the park at our leisure and enjoy the cleverly placed sculptures. Even with the misty conditions, the sculptures were a beautiful sight. If you are a follower of Henry Moore sculptures, you will be in 7th heaven at this special place. Another highlight of our visit was the outdoor foot spa fed by natural hot springs. We removed our shoes and sat at the spa area soaking our feet in the warm water. From this foot spa, we enjoyed the views of the nearby sculptures and landscaped garden. There are several buildings on the property. The main building is the Picasso museum. This private collection of his artwork is impressive.

Visited July 2014
Thank Liz T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The Hakone Open-Air Museum also viewed

Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun
Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun
Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun
Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun

Been to The Hakone Open-Air Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing