The Little Prince Museum @ Hakone, Japan

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Hakone Japan

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The Little Prince is written by the French author Antoine de Saint Exupery, a beautifully illustrated tale in vivid colors.  The Little Prince Museum in Hakone brings you a glimpse into the author’s life and everything about the Little Prince comes to life at the museum.    I read the book when I was younger and I thought the Little Prince was one adventurous prince, visiting different planets, trying to make sense of “extraordinary” adults through hidden philosophical messages of life.  

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At the main entrance, there’s the Little Prince on his little planet with his rose and volcanoes.

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Going through this orange tunnel with yellow stars brings you into the magical world of the Little Prince.

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And wow, we thought we have landed on the streets of Paris for a while.  To be precise, the streets reminisce Paris & Lyon and are maintained in a pristine state with a dash of fairy-tale to them.

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The chapel that’s just around the corner is also of significance as it is a replica of the chapel that’s in  Saint-Exupéry’s neighborhood when he was a child.

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As you enter the museum, the orange-hued lights takes you through a passage of Saint-Exupéry’s life story through photos,

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through replicas of different rooms which he stayed in during childhood,

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and through precious manuscripts which he drew for the Little Prince.
   little-prince-museum-hakone-japan 29As you come out from the museum, you step into yet another fairy-tale like garden in Provencal style, which reminds me of the beautiful ocre village of Roussillon in Southern France where the buildings are painted in different shades of orange + brown, contrasted by bright colors like green, blue and yellow.

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There was no bed of roses in the garden (as it was winter), something that the Little Prince discovered on Earth and it was meaningful for him to understand that thousands of roses are still incomparable to the one that he has, the one that he nourished and cared for.  But we did get a big Christmas tree since it was Christmas:)

Contact Info
Hakone Little Prince Museum Official Website
Getting to Hakone Little Prince Museum
Address: 909 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm.
Entrance Fee: Adults 1500 yen.  Senior Citizens & Students 1100 yen.  Children (6yrs – 15 yrs) 700 yen.

Enjoy more photos below:)

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  2. thechancepassenger

    This place is beautiful! I’m planning a trip to Hakone this May. How do I get to The Little Prince Museum from Gotemba Station? And how much time should I allocate for this pretty little place? Thanks, KJ! ^_^

    1. KJ @ alwaystravelicious.com

      Hi! I haven’t travelled that route but you can look up the Gotemba Premium Outlet Website, there’s information on how to to from Gotemba to Hakone. Once you are in Hakone, you should be able to get bus maps that will show you the way to the museum. You probably need 2- 3 hours at the museum. Recommend to stay at least 2 nights in hakone for Lake Ashi, Owakudani, onsen and other unique museums.

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