Hakone is one of the most famous hot springs areas in the world. A stunning place, Hakone is surrounded by mountains and Lake Ashi, with Mt. Fuji providing a majestic backdrop.
Hakone is easily accessible by train, car or bus, and is just 90 minutes away from Tokyo or Yokohama, making it a popular day trip destination. There is plenty to do and see, and there are hundreds of nice hotels and inns to stay at for a longer trip.
The entire Hakone region is a designated national park, and with good reason. As far back as 1,300 years ago, the area was already a popular hot springs resort area for the rich and powerful.
Hakone Yumoto, the traditional starting point for Hakone, is a convenient place near several onsens for you to rejuvenate. Head to Gora, where the Hakone Open Air museum with numerous pieces on display by Henry Moore, Picasso and others are located. Ride the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani, a fascinating valley with sulfuric smoke constantly billowing. Black-shelled eggs that have been boiled in the waters here are popular, healthy and delicious!
Traverse across the vast and blue Lake Ashi, formed 3000 years ago, where beautiful views of Mt. Fuji await. Large, open-air boats whisk travelers around the lake area smoothly. Nearby, Hakone Shrine, surrounded by ancient, towering cedar trees is incredibly beautiful.
Head down to Hakone to experience the picturesque beauty and one of the gems of Kanagawa.