Pola Museum of Art

Top choice in Hakone

Showcasing the private collection of the late Suzuki Tsuneshi, son of the founder of the Pola Group (a cosmetics company), this impressive building displays works from Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso and Rodin, in addition to Japanese artists painting in the Western style, including Kuroda Seiki and Okada Saburosuke.

There's also a 700m nature trail winding through the museum's grounds.

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1. Hakone Ropeway

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2. Ōwakudani

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3. Hakone Geomuseum


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4. Hakone Museum of Art

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5. Hakone Open-Air Museum


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6. Okada Museum of Art


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7. Hakone-jinja

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8. Ashi-no-ko

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