About the museum

Acting on with corporate principle, "Pola seeks to contribute to the prosperity and advancement of society through its work in the world of health and beauty" in mind, the Pola Orbis Group has founded the Pola Research Institute of Beauty&Culture (est. 1976), the Pola Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture(est. 1979), and the Pola Art Foundation(est. 1996) over the years. Through these organizations Pola seeks to further the research, dissemination, and promotion of Japanese arts and culture.

The building of the Museum was envisioned on the basis of a "symbiosis between Hakone's natural beauty and the works of art" concept. In this spirit, the majority of the Museum's structures are located underground, to both harmonize with the surrounding natural environment and to appear as if imbedded in the depths of the forest scenery. Similarly, the lighting used in the galleries employs the most advanced fiber optic technology to allow each work of art to be seen at its best. We hope that visitors to this museum will enjoy this world of beauty woven from superb art works, nature's lush greenery, and a light-filled architectural space.



Pola Museum of Art, Pola Art Foundation


Shunsuke Kijima, Director

Category by the Museum Law

Registered museum

Established by

Public Interest Incorporated Foundation

Type of museum


Museum open date

September 6, 2002


1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0631 Japan







Pola founded


The Pola Research Institute of Beauty & Culture established


The Pola Foundation of The Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture


The Pola Art Foundation established

April, 2000

Construction of the Pola Museum of Art started in Sengokuhara, Hakone

May, 2002

Construction of the Pola Museum of Art completed
Registered as a museum according to the museum law

September, 2002

The Pola Museum of Art opened