Hakone's Wonderful Open-Air Museum

Enjoy magnificent art in the great outdoors

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

If you've got half a day free and will be in the Hakone area, this museum is a must-see. I recommend going early in the morning (it opens at 9) before the crowds arrive and the grass is still fresh with morning dew. The museum covers 70,000 square meters and will take about three hours to enjoy. There are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way--benches where you can view the art, and even a relaxing foot bath area where you can remove your shoes and socks and enjoy a soothing soak. There are some big name artists represented here, but what you like will depend on your own tastes! 

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com