I'm so grateful a girlfriend messaged me Monday and said, "Hey, do you want to go with us..." What an awesome day at the Hakone Open Air Museum!!! Okay...so, maybe the day didn't quite start out right. I decided to take the longer train ride (by only a few minutes) but the shorter walk. Instead of walking all the way to Yokosuka Station, we decided to have Daddy drive us to Daiei gate and we walked across the street to Shioiri Station. From here we were supposed to ride to Kanazawa Hakkei then switch trains and head to Jinmuji Station. Well, what had happened was....<sigh> I got confused! I really should have got up earlier and had that extra cup of coffee! We made it to the right platform, I just got on the train that was one minute too early. So, we ended up going all the way back to where we started. Ugh! When we made it back to Kanazawa Hakkei (yes, children, we have seen this train station already today. Yes, children, I went the wrong way.) the second time I asked someone just to be sure. This time we were going the right direction. Only about 40 minutes late. Gah! I can't stand being late. Ok...so, lateness behind us...we hopped on the ~twisty~ road and made our way to Hakone. I think the drive was about an hour and a half. And, there was only one toll, 260 Yen that you toss into a bucket.
There was plenty of parking, not many spaces were even filled (500 yen for the first 5 hours, 1000 yen after that). We all made our way to the ticket counter and went on in. 1600 Yen for adults, 800 Yen for elementary age kids. And, here begins our adventure at the Open Air Museum (or, as Mackenzie called it, "The Inappropriate Museum")
This is the back side of the museum. The glass area on the right is the entryway. Inside were the special displays. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, but there were tons of whirligigs ("Sound Forest" ~ bamboo, paper, nylon trying, pine needles) and bells and chimes ("Sound Garden" ~ bamboo, sand, sound, paper ~ a wind instrument concert) and water, sand, and fans ("Sound Theater" ~ bamboo, motors, paper, water, sand pine needles, sound ~ a shadowgraph sound installation)...all seemed to be set to timers and played music, moved up and down, turned around in a circle. It was beautiful!
After the kids flew past the warrior-looking statues we found a foot path and followed the steps.
At this point I got behind everyone else, and then took a wrong turn and got lost! I know, shocking! While I was wandering in this quiet area, the kids were at the pond feeding the fish.
Lunch time! After the kids jumped around on the eggs for a bit, we sat and ate our lunch.
That Jenga looking space in the back is the awesomeness I will show you in a minute... the front of the picture is the Garden of Stars. It's a little labyrinth that you can get lost in.
I sent my little camera in with Mackenzie to take pictures inside the nets. It looks like a picture from a Dr. Suess book. Maybe Oh, the Places You'll Go.
No pictures were allowed inside this exhibit. Wow...there is a ton of stuff in there. It seems to me that when he died, or when his wife died, someone went in and picked up every single piece of scrap, scribble, and splash they could find.
The foot bath was fun! It was 65 degrees. You walk up, take off your shoes, and dunk your feet in. When you're done, you can pay 100 yen for a towel to dry your feet.
What an awesome museum!! It's been on my list to visit for a while and it was more fun than I imagined. The weather was nice for the most part. A little rain while we played under cover didn't mess up that day. My kids looked at some beautiful pieces and interacted with some as well. One more reason to love Hakone! Also, it's been added to the list of things we want to show family when they visit..."The Unappropriate Museum" ~ Garytt