There are world class art museums hidden in the mountains of Hakone. Hakone is a short trip from Tokyo and a popular weekend getaway for many. The beautiful surroundings and popularity made it an ideal place for a number of wonderful museums to be established. You can enjoy classic art of Japan and the Far East, peruse one of the largest Picasso exhibits in the world, walk among the outdoor sculptures of Rodin, and much more.
Some of the most popular art museums in Japan are located in Hakone. The surprising collection and variety of artwork and exhibits makes Hakone a wonderful place to art lovers visiting Japan. The concentration of art
Okada Mokichi, the founder of the museum, initially purchased a villa here in Gora that belonged to the twentieth-century tycoon Fujiyama Raita in 1944. He then gradually acquired adjacent lots to form what is today the Shinsenkyō garden.
The attached gardens offer the opportunity to enjoy changing views through seasons; the moss garden with maples, the rock garden Sekiraku-en (partially open), and the Japanese bush clover along the Hagi-no-michi path.
Narukawa Art Museum, by Lake Ashi in Hakone, was opened to the public in 1988.
This private museum possesses masterpieces of nihonga, Japanese-style paintings, collected energetically by museum owner Minoru Narukawa over the course of 20 years, including 200 pieces by Kyujin Yamamoto, recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit.
The Hakone Open Air Museum covers over 70,000 square feet and has one of the most impressive collection of sculptures and works of Pablo Picasso in the world with a beautiful backdrop of the Hakone mountains.
Celebrate the festive time of year with beautiful winter illuminations throughout the Hakone area. There are different museums and locations where you can see the wonderful lights during the winter season.
Hakone is well known throughout Japan as an area with many art museums. The wide collection of museums gives any visitor a choice of wonderful places to learn, feel, and experience the art of Japan and the world.