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Art Museum Spots in Kanagawa Area

  • Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum)
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    862 Reviews
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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.

    A little piece of Italy in Japan. See in gardens their is a range of Venetian glass small and large on display. It was relaxing wandering through the gardens looking at pieces

  • 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.
  • Pola Museum of Art
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    761 Reviews
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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.

    The building itself is worth a visit. This is not meant to detract from the interesting, worthwhile exposition of modern art. You can actually walk to it from Gora train station. Don’t miss

  • The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
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    519 Reviews
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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.

    Interesting small museum close to Hakone Highland hotel. Should be visited if you with kids in this area to introduce this famous book and get taste of French townscape and garden.

  • Yokosuka Museum of Art
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    4.5
    188 Reviews
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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.

    This museum is stunning to look at. Incredible views across the bay and innovative use of light and shade make this museum an architecture fans delight. The restaurant has a great reputation and the...

  • Yokohama Museum of Art
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    299 Reviews
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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.

    Arriving at Yokohama Port as part of our 14 day Maasdsam cruise encircling Japan, we exited the new Oshanbashi Yokohama Int. Passenger Terminal, using the clean restrooms before walking 400 m to the...

  • Taro Okamoto Museum of Art (Kawasaki City)
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    95 Reviews
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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.

    It was interesting. I was more fascinated by the artists history and his love of art than most of his artwork, but I am also not fond of interpretative art. I would recommend to anyone who has any...

  • 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).
  • Chigasaki City Museum of Art
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    10 Reviews
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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.

    20周年記念の企画も催しており、ふらっと気軽に立ち寄っても良し。 数百円ぽっきりで、新たな作品に出合えるかも。

  • Kita-Kamakura Yoh Shomei Art Museum
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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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。

  • Hakone Museum of Art
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    4.5
    234 Reviews
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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.

    We hadnt planned to visit this but were on the cable car passing by and when they announced it we thought we would pop in to take a look. From our point of view it was worth it just to walk through...

  • Narukawa Art Museum
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    223 Reviews
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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.

    I visited the museum located in Hakone Lake Ashi quite late in the evening with a tourist bus. It was a rainy day so I was not able to enjoy the picturesque view of lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji from the...

  • Okada Museum of Art
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    4.5
    249 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Kowakudani 493-1
    An art museum located in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture which was established in order to display the art collection of businessman Kazuo Okada. 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, the museum exhibits some 350 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.

    We cannot speak more highly of this wonderful museum. It has marvelous works displayed beautifully. The screen paintings are breathtaking, It also has a lovely spot for delicious lunch.

  • Lalique Museum Hakone
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    267 Reviews
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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.

    Don’t miss this visit which I discovered because of bad weather forbidding cruising the lake ! Some very nice pieces exhibited there in a beautifully designed museum. Great taste throughout !

  • Hakone Meissen Antique Museum
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    3.0
    20 Reviews
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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.

    Overpriced entrance fee. Very nice porcelain though if you are into Meissen. Small exhibitian, lots of entrances to the restaurant. Very little english spoken, most they can tell is cash only

  • Living National Treasures Museum
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    38 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunyugawaramachi Chuou 3-16-1
    The Living National Treasures Museum is an art museum displaying artworks created by Japan’s Living National Treasures (persons designated as Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties), with a particular focus on ceramics, but also including dolls, lacquerware, and other masterpieces. After viewing the exhibits, visitors can enjoy green tea served in tea-ware made by famous Living National Treasures (some now deceased) such as Hamada Shoji, Kaneshige Toyo, and Miwa Jusetsu.

    The writer of the headline review does not seem to have got beyond the museum shop. There are three more floors of very good modern Japanese ceramics, several Roualts, a Renoir, a couple of Picasso...

  • Hakone Museum of Photography
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    17 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Goura 1300-432
    The Hakone Museum of Photography is a small private museum that sits quietly amidst the beautiful natural scenery of the Gora district of Hakone. The Museum was founded on April 7, 2002 by the Hakone-born photographer Katsura Endo. Besides the permanent exhibitions, which consist mainly of photographs showing the natural beauty of Mt. Fuji at different times of year, the Museum also hosts themed exhibitions and special exhibitions featuring the work of leading Japanese and international avant-garde photographers. At the Museum café, visitors can enjoy herbal tea, pound cake (sponge cake), and a variety of seasonal dishes.

    We stumbled across this place purely by accident, and what a treat A Quaint tucked away little cafe highlighting a renown Japanese photographer, we ordered breakfast & some coffee and while we waited...

  • Yokohama Trick Art Cruise
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    5 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 2-2-1 Yokohama Landmark Plaza 4F
    A trick art museum located on the fourth floor of Landmark Plaza in Yokohama Landmark Tower, a five minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station. Here you can view trick art such as flat paintings which looking stunningly three dimensional and other artworks which will fool your eyes. Based around the themes of sea travel and adventure, the museum is divided into the departure, exploration, mysterious ship’s bottom, and treasure zones, where you’ll find artwork that can be visually enjoyed and touched, and even exhibits which you can take a photo with.

    Find this on the fourth floor of Yokohama Landmark Tower. Quite small but a lot of fun. Staff were extremely helpful and spoke good English. Stored our shopping and coats and took photos for us...

  • Yokohama Daisekai Artrick Museum
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou 97 Yokohama Great World 4-8th Floor
    This trick art museum is inside Yokohama Daisekai, one of Chinatown’s largest Chinese Theme Parks, located about one minute walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station. Stretching from the third floor to the top of the building, this facility features displays to exercise your brain, trick the eyes, and display 3D art. There are paintings using optical illusions to trick the eye, like the Flying Carpet or Flying Dragon, the Science Mystery Experience where you can go inside a soap bubble, and Japan’s first Laser Art Theater. You can touch and photograph all the art displays, and there’s enough strangeness to please kids and adults of all ages.
  • 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.

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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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