The “Pola Museum of Art”, located in Sengokuhara, Hakone, is a museum that houses 10,000 collections collected by the former president of the POLA ORBIS group. Some of the visitors to the site are impressed by the fullness of the museum, and some say it’s not a tourist destination, but like an urban museum.
Why is the Pola Museum of Art not in a convenient city, but in the Hakone Forest? Visitors to the Pola Museum of Art for the first time may be surprised at the glass entrance that suddenly appears in the forest. This elegant building has won many architectural awards such as the Architectural Institute of Japan Award. It’s almost like a piece of art work.
Even more surprising is that visitors come down with a lift while receiving light from the glass ceiling.
The place where the “Pola Museum of Art” is built is in the forest. The museum is made by digging through the land. The height of the surrounding trees is about 8 to 10 meters. That’s why it looks into the forest from the outside and you can only see the entrance. However, this makes it difficult for natural light to reach museums. So the whole building was built with glass. The hall is bright without lighting during the daytime, but of course the art exhibition room is made out of natural light to protect the work. In addition, Sengokuhara is close to the volcanic activity of Ohwaku-dani Valley, and volcanic gas including hydrogen sulfide flows. Therefore, the museum has installed high-precision chemical filters at the air intake. The works of art are well protected.
The “Pola Museum of Art” contains a large number of paintings from the Western Impressionists. Above all, Claude Monet’s “Water Lily Pond” is a must see.
The “Pola Museum of Art” was built in Hakone, which is rich in nature. The reason is, “I want you to enjoy the work in the environment where the painters of Impressionism in the green forest and waterside drew up bright colored paintings with light.” The coexistence of nature and art in Hakone, this art museum has such a desire.
The “Pola Museum of Art” has an entrance on the second floor, and five exhibition rooms, restaurants and shops across four floors to the basement second floor. However, there are other places where you can see the work. It is the outdoor area of the museum, the forest trail “Pola Museum of Art Nature Trail”. You can go around the promenade in the forest in about 20 minutes. Take a walk slowly, taking in the sunbeams that Impressionist painters tried to draw on canvas.
Like a museum promenade, there is a pleasure to find a sculpture display on the way of a walk.
The Pola Museum of Art is one of the leading art museums in Hakone, where nature and art coexist.
The Pola Museum of Art is an art museum opened in Hakone, Kanagawa prefecture, by Tsuneshi Suzuki who is the 2nd generation of the Poral foundation family in 2002. Western paintings, Japanese paintings, prints, Oriental ceramics, glass crafts, cosmetic tools, etc which was collected over 40 years. Total of about 10,000 items are collected.
In addition, the building of the Pola Museum of Art has various awards including the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize. The building in harmony with nature is beautiful, and its appearance is also one of the highlights.
Also, this museum has a strong commitment to dimming since the opening of the museum, it is said that the lighting of the exhibition room is adjusted to the light of “the twilight in Paris in July” in which Impressionist paintings look beautiful.
There is a walking path where you can take a walk while feeling nature at the Pola Museum of Art. Let’s enjoy nature and art with this trail called “Forest Promenade”.
The total length is 670 m, the stroll time is around 20 minutes. It is the walk way along which you can walk freely. Please enjoy walking in a relaxed mood while feeling beautiful grove, wind sound, birds singing.
The Sculptures are arranged near the walking path in some places. You can walk looking at the art work harmonized with nature.
“CAFÉ TUNE” is the fashionable cafe so the Pola Art Museum.
The interior based on white is refreshing, with high ceilings and walls with glass, You can enjoy a sense of space ther. It is the cafe where you can spend sunning and feeling the seasons of nature.
In addition, the “restaurant array” which you can taste full-scale lunch is also provided.
The Pola Museum of Art is the place recommended for people who are interested in art as well as those who want to enjoy a walk slowly in a beautiful space. Please feel free to visit there.
|Name:||Pola Museum of Art|
|Address:||1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631 Japan|
|Access:||Hakone Tozan Tetsudo-sen Line “Gora-eki” Station (10 minutes by car)|
|Price:||1,800 yen (Adult)
1,300 yen (College Students or Under)
700 yen (Junior High School Students or Under)
Please refer the official web page.