The original Leifeng Pagoda (雷峰塔) was built by King Qian Chu in 971 during the Five Dynasty and Ten Kingdoms Period, more than one thousand years ago. The King named the pagoda after his beloved concubine, Huang Fei, and hence the pagoda also has an infrequent name of “Huang Fei Pagoda” (黄妃塔). The Leifeng pagoda that we see today is not the original one as the original had collapsed in 1924 due to deterioration and due to people taking the bricks home for their own use. 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
Our Kamakura trip started off with the arrival at the Hase (長谷) Station. If you dig into Kamakura’s history a little more, once upon a time in 1192, it was the capital of Japan and Japan was partially ruled by Minamoto no Yoritomo, who rose to power from the samurai class and established his shogunate military government in Kamakura. Continue reading
The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (鶴岡八幡宮) was originally founded by the Minamoto family more than one thousand years ago. The shrine houses Emperor Ojin the Warrior God (or “Hachiman”), his mother Empress Jingu and his wife Hime Gami. Continue reading
The Great Buddha ( Daibutsu, 大仏) in Kamakura at Kotoku Temple (高徳院) is a favorite place for travelers to visit. A magnificent monument which you might notice that it’s a little different from all the other Buddha statues – it sits in the open air, under the shelter of the sun, the moon and the stars. Continue reading
Behind us is Hasedera, or Hase Temple (長谷寺) in Kamakura (鎌倉), set in a tranquil, immaculate Japanese garden, where you feel the serene beauty with sculptured tress and ponds. 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
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
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.