Located within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the Pola Museum of Art opened in September 2002. This is the former head of the Pola group’s private collection, which features more than 9500 works of art, including many from the French Impressionism and École de Paris eras.
The museum sits within a forest of 300 year-old beech trees and is predominantly made up of glass, creating a sense of seamlessness with the natural environment that surrounds it. In addition, a large part of the building is located underground. The museum’s permanent collection includes works by artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Picasso, and Renoir, plus there are also modern temporary exhibits, with sculptures, ceramics, and glassware alongside paintings by both Japanese and European artists.
A museum cafe and restaurant gives visitors a chance to relax beside huge windows that open out onto lush green forest, and there’s also a 670-meter nature trail for those who wish to explore the forest further.
The Pola Museum of Art is a short bus ride from Gora Station, the last stop on the Hakone-Tozan mountain train. Visitors can then take a Hakone Tozan bus bound for Shissei Kaen and alight 15 minutes later at the Pola Bijutsukan bus stop.
Address: 1285 Kozukayama, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan 250-0631, Japan
Admission: Adult: 600 yen / Teenager: 400 yen / Child: free