Hakone’s The Little Prince Museum: A taste of France in Japan

The Little Prince Museum in Hakone

Hello everyone, it’s been a while – a lot of things happened last month! I’ll publish a separate post to keep you updated on my whereabouts and some big news! For now I just wanted to share something that might interest you if you’re traveling around Tokyo or Kanagawa area.

Darwin, an old blogger friend, visited Japan last week and stayed with us as he planned on exploring the Kanagawa area. One of the places we explored was the The Little Prince Museum in Hakone. I still don’t know whether he holds an actual fascination with Saint-Exupéry, but he wanted to visit the museum to take a few photos and view stamp collection.

The Little Prince Museum

The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
Entrance fee of 1,600 yen.
The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
Pretty much every building is just a facade only.

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The Little Prince Museum Hakone
Tried opening the doors but they were locked…

The Little Prince Museum Hakone

The Little Prince Museum Hakone

The Little Prince Museum Hakone

The Little Prince Museum Hakone
The author’s (Saint-Exupery) own illustration of The Little Prince.
The Little Prince Museum Hakone
The exhibition hall and learn more about Saint-Exupery’s life. His life is pretty interesting. Saint-Exupery’s disappearance is still a mystery.

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The Little Prince Restaurant in Hakone
The Little Prince Restaurant.
The Little Prince Restaurant in Hakone
There’s something between Saint-Exupery and gardens.

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The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
Of course.
The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
Darwin’s attempt.

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Getting there

If you’re coming from Tokyo, I recommend getting a Hakone Freepass that will start from Shinjuku Station (Odakyu Line) to Hakone-Yumoto Station. Another option, which is faster and just as convenient, is to take the Odakyu Romancecar; as it’s an express line, you’ll to have to shell out a little more for the ticket.

Once you get to Hakone-Yumoto Station, follow the directions towards the bus stop. You’ll then see a lineup of buses called Hakone Tozan Bus. Look for the bus that says “T Route” and show your Hakone Free Pass to board the bus and get off at the Kawamukai bus stop. If you do not have a Pass, it’s 800 yen one-way. Travel time is about 27 minutes from Hakone-Yumoto Station to Kawamukai bus stop.