Outdoor museums have a treasure-hunt appeal: you navigate through gardens and forests to find something that pops out behind a rock, emerges from a pond, or perfectly decorates the landscape. These sprawling alfresco galleries are ideal for getting back to nature while also marvelling at the work of great creative minds. Plus, they’re perfect for families with kids who need room to play. Most open-air museums are open year-round, so you can enjoy the sculptures surrounded by autumn leaves and cherry blossoms, or even topped with snow.
Here are some of Japan’s best outdoor art galleries and museums. Allow a couple of hours – or half-day for the larger museums – so you can take a slower pace and enjoy the natural surroundings. And remember to wear shoes fit for walking.
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