The Glory of Glass at the Hakone Glass Forest (& Venetian Glass Museum)

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The fairytale setting in Medici style courtyard gardens dripping with roses, on the stunning hillside terrace made us want to linger at this museum all day. Housed in an aristocratic building modeled on a Venetian medieval villa, the museum’s grand collection of fine and elegant Venetian glassware, included among them the cobalt blue goblet handed down through the Rothschild family. Also on display are beautiful and luxurious antique furniture and still-working music-boxes and toys of the the 15th to the 18th century aristocracy of Venice. The republic of Venice in ancient times once called “the noblest country”, a “city on the water”, “Queen of the Adriatic” —  it was a prosperous maritime nation engaged in the bustling east Mediterranean Sea trade. Walking through this museum is like walking through the history of glass with a chance to the view the Venetian glasses which were once the favorite glasses of aristocracies all over Europe. Glass craft workshops occupied my kids, while our my elderly in-laws enjoyed their refreshments and pastries in cafes and five-star restaurants. A delightful way to pass the time for the whole family. Take a walk through the glorious history of glassmaking here.

More access info here and at these links: Hakone Garasunomori MuseumHakone Glass Forest Museum

Take a Hakone Tozan bus bound for Togendai and get off at Hyoseki/Hakone Glass no Mori Ma

Map Source:  Japan Guide

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