Hakone Open Air Museum is an elaborate sculpture garden which opened in 1969. It stretches over an area of more than 70,000 square meters and is regarded as the first open-air art museum in Japan. It is located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where it showcases a mixture of nature and art together.
The outer ground of the museum offers an ideal setting for displaying many of its over-sized sculptures. Over a hundred modern and contemporary works can be seen around the museum. Some of the prominently featured sculptures were made by Henry Moore, an English sculptor and artist who is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures. Most of the artwork may look a little strange as the style of art at this museum can be quite unique! The breathtaking view is just as marvelous which leaves visitors wanting to explore the place more.
While strolling the grounds, you can actually take a relaxing foot bath coming from a hot spring source in the area. The bath uses lemon and orange extracts to help you calm down. So don’t be surprised if you see many of these fruits floating in the bath. This a great way to pamper yourself if you have spent most of the day on your feet.
The net of woods is a special place for children to explore. It was designed by Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam, a net artist. The outer structure is made of timbers with no metals involved. It is said that the net has been knitted by the artist herself by hand! In it, children can crawl, jump and roll around.
If you want to admire the work of Pablo Picasso, the greatest and most influential artist of the 20th century, go immediately to the Picasso Pavilion. Most of his collection is filled with playful and expressive elements. The main focus of the pavilion is on 188 ceramic art pieces that have now been inherited by his daughter.
This is perhaps one of the best places for an art adventure with your family and friends. Besides learning about art culture and history, you can enjoy the outdoors and interact a bit with the displays which makes the experience even more memorable.