Kanagawa, located in southern Kanto region of Japan, and a part of the Greater Tokyo Area, is not only famous for Yokohama – its capital city, but also because of its historical richness, artistic scenery landscapes and its beautiful architecture features. If you are interested in observing history, enjoying art under many forms, these museums will not disappoint you!

1. Kanagawa Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura opened as the first public museum of modern art in 1951. Ever since, it has been in constant pursuit of the ideal function of an art museum and played a leading role in Japan. There are currently two buildings known as The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, and the Kamakura Annex. 

Kanagawa Museum of Modern Art Hayama

Kanagawa Museum of Modern Art Hayama. From Wikipedia

The Museum of Modern Art Hayama

Access:
From Zushi Station By JR Yokosuka Line

take Keihin Kyuko (Keikyu) Bus [no.11 or 12] , bound for “Hayama” at the stop 3 of Zushi Station, and get off at “Sangaoka: Kanagawa Kenritsu Bijutsukan Mae” Stop.

Address:
2208-1, Isshiki, Hayama, Kanagawa

Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays except for holidays and substitute holidays, and maintenance period, Dec 29 – Jan 3

Fees:
Depends on exhibition

Website:
http://www.moma.pref.kanagawa.jp/en/public/HallTop.do?hl=h

The Museum of Modern Art Kamakura Annex

Access:
10mins walk from Kamakura Station

Address:
2-8-1, Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa

Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and maintenance period, Dec 29 – Jan 3

Fees:
Depends on exhibition

Website:
http://www.moma.pref.kanagawa.jp/en/public/HallTop.do?hl=a

2. Museum Haus Kasuya

Museum Haus Kasuya, a private modern art museum, opened in April 1994. As well as exhibitions of today’s artists, seminars, tea ceremonies, symposiums and concerts are organized in the museum to make modern art more accessible to visitors.


Access:
– 12 minutes walk from Kinugasa Station, JR Yokosuka Line
– 4 minutes walk from Kanaya Bus Stop, 15 minutes by bus for Kinugasa Station from Shioiri Station, Keihin Kyuko Line

Address:
7-12-13, Hirasaku, Yokosuka-city Kanagawa

Hours:
Commonly 
Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  (Last admission 17:30).
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Otherwise depends on specific exhibition.

Fees:
Adults 600yen, Students 500yen, Elementary school students 300yen

Website:
http://www.museum-haus-kasuya.com/index000.htm 

3. Kamakura Museum of National Treasure

The museum holds nearly 5,000 rare objects from the Kamakura area including powerful sculptures, beautiful paintings, wonderful Ukiyo-e, and other Japanese & Asian artifacts.

Kamakura Museum of National Treasure

Kamakura Museum of National Treasure. From Wikipedia

Access:
15mins walk from Kamakura Station

Address:
2-1-1 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Monday.

Fees:
Adults 300yen, Children 100yen

Tel:
+81 467 22 0753

4. Hakone Museum of Photography

This small art museum has a regular exhibit of Mount Fuji shots taken by Katsura Endo, a photographer from Hakone. It is recommended for those who want relax and spend time taking in both nature and art.


Access:
– 4mins walk from Gora Station
– 30mins by car from Hakone-Yumoto Station.

Address:
1300-432 Goura, Hakonemachi, Kanagawa

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thursday

Fees:
Adults; 500yen, Middle-school students/children under 15; 300yen. Children under 6; free

Website:
http://www.hmop.com/

5. Nakagawa Kazumasa Art Museum., Manazuru Town

The Nakagawa Kazumasa Art Museum was founded in Manazuru, Kanagawa in March 1989 (the first year of the Heisei period), to honor the artist Nakagawa for his achievements in the Japanese art world. He donated his works to Manazuru town where he built a studio and spent many years creating paintings.


Access:
9mins by bus from Manazuru Station.

Address:
1178-1 Manazuru Manazuru-machi, Kanagawa

Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (last entry 4:00 p.m.).
Closed on every wednesday(Open for national holidays), and 28 Dec – 3 Jan

Fees:
Adults 600yen, High school students and younger children 350yen

Websites:
http://www.nakagawamuseum.jp/en/ 

6. Yokosuka Museum of Art

The museum holistically combined itself with the sky and the ocean and was also complemented by the greenery in back of it. Although the museum is not located in a convenient area or a famous tourist area, but it is worth traveling to, even taking a bus or stopping in during a drive, the museum draws a lot of interest from tourists despite its slightly inconvenient location!

Yokosuka Museum of Art

Yokosuka Museum of Art. From Wikipedia

Access:
– 5mins walk from Uraga Station
– From Maborikaigan Station(Keikyu Line)/JR Yokosuka Station. Take the Keikyu bus bound for Kannonzaki and get off the Keikyu Kannnonnzaki Hotel and Yokosuka Museum of Art bus stop; 3 min. walk

Address:
4-1 Kamoi, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed each month’s 1st Monday (except when it falls on a public holiday) and Dec 29 – Jan 3.

Fees:
Adults; 310yen, High-school, College, and University students; Senior Citizens 210yen. Website:
http://www.yokosuka-moa.jp/ 

7. Hakone Open-Air Museum

The Hakone Open Air Museum succeeded in create a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting various sculptures on its spacious grounds in combination with beautiful views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Besides the sculptures, the Hakone Open Air Museum features various indoor galleries, including a sizable Picasso Collection, consisting of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramic creations.

Hakone Open-Air Museum

Hakone Open-Air Museum. From Flickr

Access:
2mins walk from Chokoku No Mori Station

Address:
Ninotaira 1121, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry until 4:30 p.m. )

Fees:
1,600 yen (1,400 yen with the Hakone Free Pass, 1500 yen with online discount coupon)

Website:
http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/

8. Kanagawa Museum of Natural History

The Museum was established in March 1995, separated and developed from the natural history section of the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum in Yokohama. In addition to the exhibitions, the Museum conducts such work as survey and research on nature, and material collection and preservation.

Kanazawa Museum of Natural History

Kanazawa Museum of Natural History. From Wikipedia

Access:
3mins walk from Iriuda Station

Address:
499 Iryuda, Odawara, Kanagawa

Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (last entry 4:00 p.m.)

Fees:
Adults 520yen, Age 15 to 19 and students (excluding high school students) 300yen, High school students and visitors age 65 or older 100yen, Junior high school students and younger children; free

Website:
http://nh.kanagawa-museum.jp/index_en.html 

9. Yokohama Museum of Art

Yokohama Museum of Art opened to the public on November 3, 1989. It is one of the largest art institutions in Japan, with its iconic architecture, featuring the expansive space of the Grand Gallery, you will be surrounded by the history and the new spirit of Yokohama.

Yokohama Museum of Art

Yokohama Museum of Art. From Wikipedia

Access:
3mins walk from Minatomirai Station. 

Address:
3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Hours:
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last admission 5:30 p.m.).
Closed on Thursdays, Year-end and New Year holidays.

Fees:
Adults 500yen, High school and college students 300yen, Junior high school students 100yen, Free admission for children of or below elementary school age.

Website:
http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/ 

See also: Best Art Museums You Must Visit in Tokyo

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