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. Arrange your visit to Pola Museum of Art and discover more family-friendly attractions in Hakone-machi using our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker site .
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  • A real gem in a completely unexpected place in the surroundings of Hakone. High class at the exhibitions that appeared when we were there. The building itself is worth the visit.
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  • Very nice museum in Hakone with a lot of impressionist art, by French as well as Japanese artists. Also a very good restaurant.  more »
  • Anyway it is a nice place. Sigh I get. I think is the sense of architectural design, environmental art the finest. Also excellent planning exhibits every time you can ask the high qualities of the curators. Tokyo also has numerous museums and their uniqueness is great, polar Museum and those nobody would say. Art lovers, also is like going to the Museum come once, where this art yourself. Hakone hot spring is famous, but also as a place of art appreciation is recommend really.
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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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