Pola Museum of Art, built in the forests of Hakone, is a glass-encased space where you can enjoy art and nature together.
Pola Museum of Art, built among the forests of Hakone with the concept of achieving a “symbiosis between Hakone’s natural beauty and the works of art,” has a structure limited to 8 meters in height in consideration of the nature and landscape of Hakone. The 9,500 pieces of art at this museum were collected by Tsuneshi Suzuki, the second-generation owner of the cosmetics company, Pola. It includes a variety of genres, such as European paintings, European-style Japanese paintings, Japanese-style paintings, prints, oriental ceramics, glassworks and historical and modern cosmetic utensils from around the world. It also opened a promenade in July, 2013, on which you can enjoy a stroll among the Japanese beech and camellias of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. The opportunity to relax among nature in the restaurant serving authentic European cuisine and the casual café is also an attraction. The museum shop on the first floor, where you can buy French herbal tea, honey, imported candies, Hakone crafts and other souvenirs, can be accessed without entering the museum. It is a 13-minute ride from Gora Station on the sightseeing shuttle bus bound for Shissei-kaen.