Pola Museum of Art, Hakone-machi

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Art, architecture, and nature collide at Pola Museum of Art, a diverse collection of fine art located in the pristine depths of the Sengokuhar forest. Constructed in 2002, the glass museum houses an extensive private collection of 9,500 works, including notable pieces of French Impressionism. You can also take a walk on the museum's nature trail, then take a rest at the restaurant, which provides European cuisine with views of the Hakone mountain range. Use our Hakone-machi family vacation planner to add Pola Museum of Art and other attractions to your Hakone-machi vacation plans.
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  • As people have said, a serene and peaceful place. Might be worth saving for a rainy day. Or just go for it.  more »
  • Great museum, good collection of art Especially until September 2017, a special exhibition of Marc-Chagall and Picaso  more »
  • A good activity to consider for wet weather, although getting to the place by foot might be challenging, as such using the public bus or driving might be advisable. With lush trees surrounding it give...  more »
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  • A wonderful location for this architectural wonder of a museum. Nestled in the mountains and surrounded by pine forests around Hakone, the Pola Museum is discretely low profile to compliment the beautiful natural surroundings. The building itself is ultra modern, with a wonderful use of light in its serene, clean space. The Picasso/Chagall exhibition was on when I was there and it was presented with first class delivery. and laid out through the space with wonderful balance. Hire a car in Tokyo and head out of the city to visit this wonderful place. Don't forget to walk around the promenade footpath that winds around the museum through peaceful forest... not to be missed.
  • Such a beautiful museum from all aspects-- the architecture itself, glass windows to let in the sunshine and forests, artworks everywhere, the food and dessert water lilies, walkways in the woods outside. Glad we made it here!!!
  • Rain and dense fog in Hakone brought us here and it made our weekend! The Picasso-Chagall Imaginary Dialogues is a world-class exhibit and the museum and grounds (even in the the rain) are well worth time spent when visiting Hakone any time of year.
  • Pretty expensive entry at 1800 yen... lots of great Western art but very little Japanese works.
  • Great permanent collection of arts from Picasso, Monet, and others. Temporary exhibition was also very good when we were there. Pictures are allowed only in some galleries, usually only for the permanent collection I think.

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A getaway close to the capital, Hakone-machi offers a good range of accommodations, with a particular emphasis on luxury and upmarket hotels. Spa resort-style hotels, often with extensive views of the iconic volcano, sit in the main tourist areas, with their spa facilities using naturally warmed waters from the hot springs around the area. The more densely populated areas to the east house a good number of simple guesthouses and hostels. Staying in Tokyo and taking day trips remains an option for many visitors.
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