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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  • Noah E
    Toronto, Canada68 contributions
    Outdoor art worth checking out
    Great spot for tourists to see some cool art. They even had a Picasso exhibit which we really enjoyed. Nice to be outside in the sun and enjoying the art pieces. Even had some good stuff for kids to interact with. Famous spot if you’re visiting Hakone, definitely recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Europelover2014
    Chicago, Illinois3,466 contributions
    Pleasantly surprised at Picasso Exhibition
    I'm not generally a huge fan of outdoor sculpture, but in this beautiful setting, I did enjoying exploring the grounds and seeing the art. The real treat for me was the Picasso Pavillion. I was terribly disappointed at the most recent exhibit I visited at the Picasso Museum in Paris - I found Hakone's presentation a vast improvement. I thought the displays and English signage were quite appropriate both for those very familiar with his life and work and for those new to Picasso. I also enjoyed the Masterpiece Collection which I almost missed on my way out.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Tina P
    4 contributions
    Lovely day
    Amazing!! The number and quality of the sculptures is so great. So much fun. The tower with the stain glass work is one of the greatest pieces of art that I have ever seen. This is truly a beautiful place.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Libby in Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, Ohio1,221 contributions
    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, California229 contributions
    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 Rico23 contributions
    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, Japan1,903 contributions
    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
    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
    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
    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
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CantBeBothered18
Adelaide, Australia131 contributions
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
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, Australia24 contributions
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
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
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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Lizzy C
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
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.
Written 30 September 2023
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glennharrold
Scotland, UK3,168 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Fantastic park in the hills, with over 120 statues and installations set in a lush green setting. The stained glass tower is awesome!
Written 25 September 2023
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Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,378 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Opened in 1969, over 120 significant sculptures are displayed throughout the lush, park-like setting. There were a wide variety of mediums --- some impressive, some whimsical -- and all world class.

In addition there is a Picasso exhibition hall which has a collection of over 300 works by Picasso (which rotate through). The exhibits include a wide variety of Picasso's extensive interests and varied talents.

We truly enjoyed meandering through this open-air museum. Highly recommend!
Written 17 September 2023
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,402 contributions
July 2023 • Family
Nice collection of sculpture. Weird to see a Picasso gallery coming from Europe, here in Japan... setting is very nice and really wortwhile. Use your Hakone free pass for a discount.
Written 31 July 2023
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ann
Westfield, NJ192 contributions
July 2023 • Family
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.
Written 30 July 2023
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