I visited Japan for the very first time in 2008. We dedicated our first visit to Tokyo and that was enough to keep us busy. When I went back to Japan for the second time, I went to Tokyo again, but this time, adding other cities that are not too far away from Tokyo on the itinerary, such as Kamakura, Enoshima, and Hakone. These three places are along the same route on the Odakyu Line, which means that you don’t have to spend too much time travelling from one place to another. To get an estimate of how much this 5 days 5 nights trip might cost you, refer to the costing section at the end of the post. Continue reading
Hakone (箱根) is a great place for an easy day trip from Tokyo, being just an hour 40 minutes away. Hakone has a lot to offer – onsen, lakes, forests, unique museums and the vicinity to Mount Fuji makes it a popular place among the Japanese and foreigners. We did a 3 days 2 night trip in Hakone, and also made en-route stops in sea-side towns of Kamakura and Enoshima. Continue reading
Gotemba Premium Outlet is located in Shizuoka Prefecture, 1.5 hours away from Tokyo by either bus or train. If you are in the Hakone area, Gotemba Premium Outlet is also a favorite destination for shopping just an hour away. We went to the outlet by bus – thinking that it might be a bit difficult to find the Odakyu Line “Romance Car” in the vast Shinjuku West Station. In reality, finding the bus stop going to Gotemba took us a while too. Continue reading
We stayed for 3 nights at Fuji Hakone Guest House during our Hakone trip. The guest house is perfectly located just a few minutes walk away from the bus stop and a supermarket. It was easy for us to go around Hakone and really convenient when we needed some snacks. The ATM in the supermarket can come in handy if you ever run out of cash. The few attractions that we went in Hakone didn’t take credit cards so be cash-ready if you are in Hakone for a few days. Continue reading
Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖) is a gorgeous lake with Mount Fuji as a backdrop. When the weather is right, the snow-capped Mount Fuji, bright red torii gate, glowing pirate ships on glistening waters make it absolutely bewitching.
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. Continue reading
While I just finished writing about the Venetian Glass Museum @ Hakone, Japan, some of the photos match perfectly with this week’s a word a week challenge – Orange. The photos here are exhibits from the museum and quite a few of them are orange. For the rest of the exhibits, they glow with an orange hue as the museum uses orange lighting My favorite exhibit is the illuminating glass egg.
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The Venetian Glass Museum at Hakone is set in a romantic, charming garden with mountains, canals and European cottages, you might be mistaken for a while that you have stepped into a little Venice instead of Japan.
As you enter the garden, the most lovely thing that you would see would be the crystal arch, with curtains of crystal beads flowing down the little bridge. It wasn’t too sunny on the day that we were there but imagine how beautiful it would have been under the glistening sun or during the fading beams of sunset.
The museum is commonly known as the Venetian Glass Museum, but I like the alternative Japanese name that it has -箱根ガラスの森美術館, the Hakone Glass Forest, which I think represents the marvelous beaded garden very well.
The Palazzo Ducale Shandelier is a standing chandelier which stems from the floor instead of from the ceiling.
We took our time wandering around the garden, strolling along the riverbank, discovering many beautiful corners of the garden, and soaking up the Venetian moment before going into the Venetian Glass Museum.
The Venetian glass works exhibited are absolutely gorgeous !! Delicate, intricate and a display of meticulous craftsmanship.
Oh my God I love this dazzling piece of egg here!
Loved this wonderful museum and it’s definitely worth the visit! Enjoy more photos below 🙂
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum Contact Info
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum Official Website
Address: 940-48 Sengokuhara,Hakone-machi,Ashigarashimo-gun,Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan
TEL:0460-86-3111 (Int’l:81-460-86-3111) FAX:0460-86-3114
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 5pm daily.
Entrance Fee: 1300 Yen for adults, 1100 Yen for college students, 800 yen for high school students and below.
The Hakone Open Air Museum (彫刻の森美術館) is the first of its kind in Japan since 1969, displaying splendid art pieces and statues in a fantastic 70,000 m2 outdoor space. I love this idea because the museum uses four seasons as a backdrop to display artwork and I would imagine it would have a completely different outlook during the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. One of my personal favorite is the Symphonic Sculpture, a kaleidoscopic tower embellished with stained glass with spiraling staircase down the middle. It’s a small tower full of life, beaming with rainbow colors and it immediately gives you a joyous smile when you step into the tower. It’s a little something atypical of stained glass where they are mostly seen in churches like Saint Chapelle (in Paris) where the atmosphere is usually more solemn and sacred. Continue reading
It is smoking at Owakudani, Hakone. Owakudani (大涌谷) literally means “boiling valley”and there’s no other name more suitable than that because the whole place is indeed an active volcanic zone with bubbling hot onsen and overwhelming pungent sulfuric fumes. Continue reading