Art Museum Spots in Kanagawa Area

  • The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Ninotaira 1121
    This was Japan’s first open-air Museum which was founded in 1969. Located on the grounds of a 70,000 meters squared premises with Hakone’s nature as a backdrop, the museum has a permanent display of approximately 120 masterpieces by modern and contemporary sculptors. Such large scale works of art couldn’t be displayed but for the outdoor space; there are also works of art which children can enter and play in, and you can touch the pieces of art as much as you want. At the Picasso Pavilion, there is the world’s top collection of 300 plus works which are open to the public. The hot spring foot bath which flows from the source is also popular. Alight at the Hakone Tozan Railway at Chokoku-no-Mori Station, from which it is a two-minute walk to the museum.
  • Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum)
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 940-48
    Located in Sengokuhara district, Hakone, the Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum) is Japan’s first museum dedicated to Venetian glass. It actually comprises two museums: the Venetian Glass Museum itself, which has on display around 100 masterpieces of the delicate, finely-wrought Venetian glass for which there was a vogue among the noble families of Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries, and the Modern Glass Museum, which displays Venetian glass dating from the 19th century onwards. Particularly worth seeing is the approximately 10-meter-long crystal glass arch over the bridge between the garden and the Museums; the arch is made from around 160,000 pieces of crystal glass, which sparkle in the breeze. The Hakone Grasunomori Museum offers glassmaking experience activities (including sandblasting, etc.), with participants being able to make their own pieces to take home as a souvenir.
  • The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 909
    A museum dedicated to the world-famous children’s story The Little Prince and the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry located in the Sengokuhara area of Hakone Town, Kanagawa Prefecture. The museum’s central exhibition hall presents the life of Saint-Exupéry and the writing of The Little Prince. The museum grounds also feature a recreation of an early 20th century French townscape, a beautiful garden, a restaurant serving delicious Little Prince-inspired dishes, and a shop.
  • Pola Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara Ozukayama 1285
    The museum exhibits approximately 9,500 works of art collected over a number of decades by Mr. Tsuneshi Suzuki, the owner of the Paula Orbis group known for Paula cosmetics. The collection of Impressionists’ work is also said to be the greatest in both quality and quantity in Japan. The architecture overflows with a translucent quality due to the abundant amount of glass used which is a feature of the museum, and art can be appreciated in the abundant greenery and light which shines in through the enormous picture windows. A promenade was opened in 2013 so you can stroll at your ease in the middle of nature while listening to the birds singing.
  • Kita-Kamakura Yoh Shomei Art Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 318-4
    An art museum dedicated to collecting watercolors and oil paintings by Kumamoto Prefecture native and artist Yoh Shomei. The museum is located along the route from Kita-Kamakura Station to the Meigetsu-in Temple. Built based on the concept of an old Western-style house which was once the home to a painter and poet father, a gentle mother, a 10 year old daughter, and a five year old son, the museum looks as if it came from the pages of a storybook.

    明月院を訪れた帰り道で偶然発見し、長らくファンだった私は友人を引き留め寄りました。 入ってすぐはショップで、その先の美術館エリアで入場料が必要になります。 葉祥明氏の絵と建物が素敵にマッチしていて良い時間を過ごせました。 友人にも好評で、グッズまで買ったようで嬉しいです。

  • Lalique Museum Hakone
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 186-1
    An art museum located in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture. The museum’s collection consists of some 1,500 pieces created by French jeweler and glass artisan René Lalique. The museum’s standing exhibition displays approximately 230 select items from amongst this collection. Visitors can view pioneering masterpieces which anticipated modern jewelry trends, perfume bottles, flower vases, and building ornamentation produced by Lalique in the latter stage of his career. There’s also an actual Orient Express train car which was decorated by Lalique and which visitors can actually see inside.
  • Hakone Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Goura 1300
    This is the most historical museum in Hakone. The museum exhibition mainly focuses on Japanese “Yakimono” (earthenware) from the Jomon period through to the Edo period such as vases and pots produced from the Kamakura through to the Muromachi period in the six sites where the production of ceramic ware began in ancient Japan. On the grounds the scenery can be enjoyed from season to season as there are such attractions as the “moss garden” which is colored with moss and autumn colors, “the Japanese clover path” which is at its best in September and also the Chinese style “bamboo garden”. It is also famous for its autumnal leaf display, especially in November when the garden’s leaves change color all at once.
  • Yokosuka Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokosukashi Kamoi 4-1
    This museum is located in Yokosuka City's Kannonzaki Park. In addition to the various exhibition areas, there is a Mountain Plaza and an Ocean Plaza facing the forest and the sea, letting guests view the ocean or do some forest bathing. The museum annex and the Rokuro Taniuchi Hall displays work by Rokuro Taniuchi, an artist who does the cover of the Weekly Shincho magazine. Events such as art markets and workshops are held from time to time.
  • Yokohama Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 3-4-1
    This art museum is notable for its distinctive symmetrical stonework exterior and for the open atrium of its grand gallery. In addition to seven exhibit halls, the museum boasts an art information center with a collection of more than 110,000 books, artist workshops, and more, making it one of the country's largest art museums. The museum, which has a collection of more than 12,000 works of modern and contemporary art, holds a wide variety of exhibitions. It is located a three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line.
  • Narukawa Art Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Motohakone 570
    It is a museum built on the banks of Hakone’s Lake Ashi. Since the museum opened in 1988, its collection with its focus on contemporary Japanese paintings has surpassed 4,000 pieces and even now continues to increase. The museum is among the first to collect and exhibit works by not just famous artists but also works by artists who show promise for the future. From the one-sided 50-meter-wide picture window which stretches out inside the building, one can look out over the large panorama of Lake Ashi, Hakone. You can also enjoy tea and desserts from precious fine art handicraft serving dishes by Koji Ishii and Ryo Mikami in the museum’s “Kisetsufu” (Seasonal Wind) tea lounge.
  • Chigasaki City Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Chigasakishi Higashikaigankita 1-4-45
    An art museum shrouded in greenery inside Takasuna Ryokuchi Park just an eight-minute walk from JR Chigasaki Station. The museum holds a wide variety of special exhibitions to provide visitors with opportunities to come in contact with all manner of art. In addition to three galleries, the museum also has a studio, book corner, and café overlooking the grounds, providing content and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

    茅ヶ崎市は人口24万人でコンパクトな規模ですが、市で比較的小規模ながら美術館も20年前から運営しているなど文化施設が充実してて、近所の方が羨ましいですね。事情を良く知らず隣の芝は青い的な発想かもしれませんが、年間パスポートで何回でもと言っても、実際には10回以上通うにはかなりの努力が必要かと思います。

  • Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Takashima 1-1-1
    This gallery was constructed as part of the Nissan Motor Co. head office in 1-Chome, Takashima, Nishi Ward, Yokohama City. There are vehicle displays, such as Nissan’s commercially-available cars, race cars, historical cars, and concept cars, as well as document exhibits which trace Nissan’s history. Every day they hold a test drive even where you can ride a Nissan car and follow a course set up on the general roads and highways nearby. Additionally, you’ll find a shop that sells all Nissan goods and a cafe.
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
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    Kanagawa Pref. Miuragunhayamamachi Isshiki 2208-1
    This is an art museum located in Hayama Town, Miura County. This structure, the third one in The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, opened in 2003. Incorporating exhibition spaces with various features such as high ceilings or distinctive lighting, this museum displays various kinds of artworks and exhibits. This museum also has a fully library equipped with a cataloging system and periodicals, a hall and a restaurant, for use at no cost.
  • Okada Museum of Art
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Kowakudani 493-1
    An art museum located in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture. The museum has five floors of exhibition space, making it one of the largest art museums in Hakone. Focusing primarily on ancient to modern East Asian pottery and early modern to modern Japanese painting, including Japan’s leading artists Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro, Ito Jakuchu, and Yokoyama Taikan. The museum exhibits some 450 separate works of art. There’s also a café, footbath, garden, and museum shop, giving visitors the chance to experience both art and the seasonal beauty of Hakone up close.
  • Taro Okamoto Museum of Art (Kawasaki City)
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kawasakishi Tama-ku Masugata 7-1-5
    Located in Tama Ward, Kawasaki City, this museum mainly displays the work of Taro Okamoto that he donated to the municipality. It hosts a permanent exhibition room that surveys the development of his work, including art, writing, and tactile pieces, as well as a temporary exhibition room that introduces new artists. There is also a 30-meter-high Mother Tower that's a symbol of the facility. The nearest station is Mukogaoka-Yuen Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.
  • Setsudo Art Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 1391-1
    An art museum located in northern Kamakura dedicated to the calligrapher Setsudo Onoda. The museum displays works featuring the words of poets such as Santoka Taneda and Misuzu Kaneko, and the fragrance of India ink in the air has a calming effect. The museum is situated somewhat out of the way between the Tokei-ji Temple and the Jochi-ji Temple.

    北鎌倉を訪れていた時に立ち寄りました。こちらは書家である小野田雪堂の作品を集めた美術館です。大きなギャラリーではありませんが落ち着いた雰囲気で素敵な館内で作品を見たりお茶をいただいたりできて良い時間を過ごせました。

  • Kamakura City Kaburaki Kiyokata Memorial Art Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yukinoshita 1-5-25
    An art museum located in a quiet residential neighborhood commemorating the modern Nihonga painting master Kiyokata Kaburaki. Kiyokata’s final home, a Japanese-style residence, was remodeled and converted into the museum. The museum is filled with Nihonga paintings depicting everyday life, with a focus on Kiyokata’s specialty of bijinga (paintings of beautiful women).
  • Nakagawa Kazumasa Art Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunmanadurumachi Manaduru 1178-1
    This art museum is located along Prefectural Route 739 in Manazuru, Manazuru Town, Ashigarashimo County. It is home to works by western painter Kazumasa Nakagawa, who is representative of post-war Japan and had an atelier in this town. There are regular exhibits and themed exhibits in five exhibition rooms, where oil paintings, writings, illustrations, book bindings and about 80 works in total are displayed.
  • Doll House Museum Hakone
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Ashinoyu 84-55
    This art museum is located along Tokaido Road in Ashinoyu, Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County. It displays a doll house collection gathered from abroad. Through the six enjoyments of “seeing”, “playing”, “learning”, “building”, “gathering”, and “traveling”, you can discover the charm of doll houses in this facility. In addition to the displays, there is a shop with a rich array of products, and a cafe that hosts workshops.
  • Hakone Meissen Antique Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Goura 1320-653
    The Hakone Meissen Antique Museum displays a range of more than 300 pieces of porcelain made from the Meissen kilns with a focus on works from the 18th to the 19th century. Various pieces of work, such as antique tableware and figurines, chandeliers, and mechanical dolls which move when touched, as well as many valuable collections are on display in the museum. The building which used to be the residence of the former Governor of the Bank of Japan, Hisato Ichimada, was moved from Aoyama, Tokyo and rebuilt here in Hakone. In the garden you can find a cafe and foot bath so you can sit back and relax in between appreciating the works of art on display. The nearest stations are Gora Station and Koen-kami Station.

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Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo's most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.

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