A unique art museum displaying future works and commanding a magnificent view of Lake Ashino-ko in Hakone.
Located near Lake Ashino-ko in Hakone, the Narukawa Art Forum opened for the purpose of creating a future genre of Japanese painting. The majority of the collection is contemporary Japanese paintings, over 4,000 works. It also contains 150 works by Kyujin Yamamoto, a recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit; and 40 works by Ikuo Hirayama, notable for his scenes of the Silk Road. Works by these two painters form the core of the collection. The permanent exhibition displays Chinese hidden treasures (works of jade and ivory, giant balls, and sculptures). Special exhibitions are held four times a year, with each exhibition displaying works that fit the theme, regardless of a painter's status. The museum also commands magnificent views; its panorama of Lake Ashino-ko through a 50-meter-wide window is the best in Hakone. In the cafe, you can enjoy powdered green tea in fine porcelain. The museum is right near Moto-hakone Harbor bus stop.