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Hakone Open Air Museum

As if the natural beauty of Hakone wasn’t inspiring enough.

Possibly one of the most beautiful settings for an art museum in the world, the Hakone Open Air Museum offers a glimpse into modern art like never before. The various works of art and sculptures that are dotted liberally across the grounds have the gorgeous mountains and Lake Ashinoko as their backdrop. Think you’ve seen those stone maiden in all their glory? Check back again in fall when they’re decorated with fallen orange and red leaves, winter when they shiver amongst the snow, or spring when their elegance is emphasised by the fragile cherry blossoms.

Although a little on the pricey side for museum tickets (1600 yen admission), there is definitely value for money here. If you’re travelling with kids, you can leave them to grapple with child-friendly art installations in a magical-looking playground while you explore the showroom dedicated to the life and works of Picasso.

If your New Year’s resolution was to get out and about by exercising more, the Open Air Museum will inspire you to get creative and more active. A stroll through the grounds, taking breaks to admire the installations that move in time with the wind or lovingly-crafted sculptures, some so realistic it’s like they could spring to life behind your back, will leave you more refreshed and energized than any gym session.

Things To Know

Opening Hours

9:00 – 17:00, 365 days a year.

Entrance Fees

Adults: ¥1600. Tickets can be purchased in advance via their website. For details on how to purchase and more detailed information on admission prices, please visit http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒250-0407 Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi, Ninotaira, 彫刻の森クラブ

By train

Using the Hakone Tozan Railway from Hakone-Yumoto, you can either get off at Chokoku No Mori Station (the closest station, about a 3-minute walk to the museum) or take the train to Gora, from where the museum is a 10-15 minute walk.

By bus

From Hakone-Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan or Izu-Hakone Bus to Ninotaira Iriguchi bus stop, which is a 5-minute walk away from the museum. Alternatively, you can take the Tourist Attraction Sightseeing Bus to the Chokoku-no-Mori bus stop.

Where To Stay

Hakone Yutowa
  • 1300-27 Gora, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0408 Japan
  • ¥20,880 - ¥67,920
  • 4.5/5 (322 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Gora Kansuiro
  • 1300-20 Gora, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0408 Japan
  • ¥64,900 - ¥75,900
  • 4.25/5 (407 reviews)
  • 0.5 km
Onsen Guesthouse Tsutaya
  • 240-1 Sokokura, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0403 Japan
  • ¥5,520 - ¥43,792
  • 5/5 (67 reviews)
  • 0.5 km
Hakone Guesthouse Toi
  • 278-1 Miyanoshita, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0404 Japan
  • ¥3,000 - ¥3,000
  • 4.75/5 (21 reviews)
  • 0.6 km
Hakone Gora Hotel Paipu no Kemuri Plus
  • 1300-19 Gora, Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone-machi, Kanagawa, 250-0408 Japan
  • ¥12,440 - ¥12,440
  • 3.93/5 (1,622 reviews)
  • 0.6 km