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Outdoor family friendly fun museum
Price: 1600 yen
Hakone Open Air Museum was the first of its kind in Japan and today it remains one of the most popular due to its harmonious balance of art and nature. The Museum is most known for its outdoor sculptures, but it also has a number of indoor museums with paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures. One of the indoor museums houses their Picasso collection, which has more than 300 items.
There are many interesting points within the museum. From the perspective of a family; there is plenty to keep the children interested and entertained as well as practical facilities. Some of the art installations are play areas. The kids particularly loved the Woods of Nets, the older children enjoyed the Curved Space Diamond Structure and the Garden of Stars which is a maze. You can borrow baby strollers and wheelchairs for free, subject to availability of course. They also have free lockers, for storing small items of luggage, available. There is a foot spa located beside the Gallery Cafe and Shop. There are two restaurants as well as two cafes. We ate in the “Bella Foresta” restaurant, which is an all-you-can-eat buffet style restaurant. There wasn’t a huge selection, but it was big enough to have something for everyone. There are at least six male and female bathrooms throughout the museum and three multi user toilets which have baby changing facilities.
The museum is open all year round from 9 am to 5 pm, last entry at 4.30 pm. Children up to five years old can enter for free. For up to date entrance fees for older children and adults, please see their website. You can print off a discounted ticket there too. The museum is a two minute walk from Chokoku no Mori station on the Hakone Tozan Line.