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
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 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