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View from Instagram! Recommended museums in Kanagawa

インスタから見る!神奈川県お勧めの美術館・博物館

A picture that catches your eye, a picture that makes you feel nostalgic, a scenery that makes you want to take a picture of yourself when you look at it... When you see a picture that you have been fascinated by, the feeling is even greater. When you want to go on a trip or just go out, but you can't decide where to go. Of course, it's good to decide what you want to do and then look for a destination, but it's also exciting to choose the "scenery you want to see" before heading to your destination. In that case, Instagram can be of great help. This time, we will introduce museums and museums that operate impressive official Instagram along with photos that have actually been posted. Why don't you enjoy the beautiful art in the frame first through the screen with your eyes, and then use your five senses when you arrive at the site?

"Yokohama Doll House"
The first place I would like to introduce is "Yokohama Doll House", located about 3 minutes on foot from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line. It is accessible on foot from Yokohama's famous areas such as Motomachi, Chinatown, and Yamashita Park. At this Instagram, which is a museum specializing in dolls, you can see the state of dolls from all over the world displayed in the museum.

This museum, which has existed since the late Showa period, has a collection of more than 10,000 items. Dolls born in different eras from more than 100 countries around the world are gathered in one place, and it is a facility that both adults and children can enjoy.

From dolls brought to life by Living National Treasures, to new members who symbolize modern "Cool Japan". From traditional to avant-garde, cute to surreal, unique people will welcome you!

You can also check information such as special exhibitions and plans on this Instagram. Currently, you can take a peek into the special exhibition "The Magic of Light: Enchanted Dollhouse", which began in April.

From elaborate pieces that look like they've been cut out from the good old days of Japan, to fantastical dollhouses that look like they've jumped out of a picture book, you won't be able to stop scrolling through the pictures! Please be surprised at the actual size when you are there.

[Yokohama Doll House]
Address: 18 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023
TEL: 045-671-9361
Official website: https://www.doll-museum.jp/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yokohamadollmuseum/

"Yokosuka Museum of Art"
10 minutes by bus bound for "Kannonzaki" from Maborikaigan Station on the Keikyu Main Line. Here we introduce the Yokosuka Museum of Art, where you can enjoy the fusion of nature and art. The museum, which opened in 2007, is a facility blessed with the nature of Yokosuka.

What is pleasing to the eye from the outside is the wonderful contrast between the white of the building, the blue of the sky and sea, and the rich greenery.
It is a scenery unique to the perfect location surrounded by Kannonzaki Prefectural Park and Tokyo Bay.

In the special exhibition room of the main building, a wide variety of special exhibitions are held, including modern and contemporary Japanese art. Light pours in from the circular windows throughout the building, allowing you to enjoy the blessings of nature and the fusion of art and nature even indoors. (This photo is from the current special exhibition "Story Drawn with Thread".)

At the Rokuro Taniuchi Museum in the annex, you can see the works of Rokuro Taniuchi, who has an atelier in Yokosuka and Kamoi. Don't miss the collection of masterpieces "Weekly Shincho cover picture" posted here.

What you can't miss is the superb view from the rooftop square! With the scenery reflected on the glass, it's worth shooting from any angle. After enjoying the art created by human hands, please enjoy the art created by the power of nature.

[Yokosuka Museum of Art]
Address: 4-1 Kamoi, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture 239-0813
TEL: 046-845-1211
Official website: https://www.yokosuka-moa.jp/index.html
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yokosuka_moa/

Hakone is famous for hot springs and Ekiden, but it also has an artistic side with many art galleries and museums. From here, I will introduce three museums in Hakone in a row.

"Sculpture Forest Museum"
The first is the Hakone Open Air Museum, the first open-air museum in Japan, which was created by taking advantage of the great nature of Hakone. See sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and more.

About 120 sculptures are permanently exhibited in the rich garden that spreads over 70,000 square meters. There are also hands-on art works that children will be delighted with.

Among them, Gabriel Loire's "Symphony Sculpture Calling for Happiness" is particularly popular. You can't tell from the outside, but the inside of the 18m-tall tower is surrounded by stained glass.

Some of the exhibits are hands-on. This "star garden" is a maze. You can touch, learn and enjoy art.

The Picasso exhibition, which opened in 1984, 15 years after the museum opened, offers not only sculptures, but also paintings, gold and silver objects, and more.

This Instagram introduces the works taken by customers from time to time, so you can enjoy many photos taken from different viewpoints. It won't be long before you add one of your own to this collection! When you take a picture, please post it with the hashtag #Minna no Sculpture or @thehakoneopenairmuseum.

[The Hakone Open-Air Museum]
Address: 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0407
Phone: 0460-82-1161
Official website: https://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehakoneopenairmuseum/

"Hakone Garasunomori Museum"
Following "Forest of sculpture", it is introduction of "Forest of glass". The Hakone Garasunomori Museum, located in Sengokuhara, Hakone, is Japan's first museum specializing in Venetian glass. At the hands-on workshop in the facility, you can create your own work using two types of glass, sandblasting and fusing.

You can enjoy the atmosphere of the city of water and the panoramic view of Owakudani at the same time in the garden, which is designed in the image of a European aristocratic mansion. The "Corridor of Light" that can be seen in the back right is an arch made of crystal glass that is 9 meters high and about 10 meters long. Approximately 160,000 grains of crystal glass shine in the sunlight.

This is a garden where you can enjoy seasonal plants, but in the fall you can enjoy "pampas grass" made of crystal glass! Red dragonflies are also attracted to the brilliance of crystals.

Indoor museums include the gorgeously decorated Venetian Glass Museum and the Modern Glass Museum exhibiting modern glass sculptures from the 20th century. Special exhibitions are also held from time to time.

It is a facility that can be enjoyed all year round, but I would like to recommend Christmas! During the Christmas period, large and small Christmas trees made of crystal glass emit glittering lights. This tree named "Romeo" and "Juliet" is lit up in the evening and is very romantic.

The Hakone Garasunomori Museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021. Why don't you come and visit us in commemoration of this anniversary year?

[Hakone Garasunomori Museum]
Address: 940-48 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0631
Phone: 0460-86-3111
Official website: https://www.hakone-garasunomori.jp/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hakonegarasunomori/

"Okada Museum"
The last place we would like to introduce is the Okada Museum of Art in Kowakidani, which opened in 2013. It is a facility where you can enjoy the beautiful nature of Kowakidani and oriental art.

On this Instagram, you can enjoy not only the information inside the facility, but also the surrounding nature of the four seasons.

A symbol of the Okada Museum of Art is Kotaro Fukui's Great Mural "Wind/Toki". This work, which is 12 meters long and 30 meters wide, is made up of 640 gold panels joined together. You can also enjoy the footbath cafe with 100% free-flowing hot spring water.

In the museum, you can see about 450 exhibits, mainly works from the East, including Japan, Korea, and China. This is a facility where you can enjoy a wide variety of works, including modern and modern Japanese paintings, oriental ceramics, clay figurines, and Buddhist statues. (This is a piece from the "DOKI earthenware! Clay figurine and bronze ware exhibition" held in 2020.)

The garden is designed based on the concept of "spring water and the vitality of trees, a garden space where you can feel the blessings of nature", and the rich greenery and waterscape create a quiet and comfortable space.

At the museum shop, you can purchase the Okada Museum of Art's original chocolates that are too beautiful to eat. "Okada Museum Chocolate 'Nami to Fuji'" is a bonbon chocolate that you can enjoy 8 different flavors.

[Okada Museum]
Address: 493-1 Kowakidani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0406
TEL: 0460-87-3931
Official website: https://www.okada-museum.com/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/okada_museum/

*This time, the photos posted on the official Instagram are reposted (with permission from each facility).
Please refrain from taking pictures in areas where photography is not permitted within the facility.

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