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Kanagawa

Hakone

Beautiful hot spring resort area with lakes and views of Mount Fuji

About Hakone

Things to do in Hakone

Dining

Asso Sengokuhara in Hakone

Asso Sengokuhara in Hakone

Good pizza can be hard to find in Japan. Try to find a nice salad and a sweet and simple dessert to go with it, and it's almost impossible. With that in mind, I was surprised to come across all three in Asso Sengokuhara, a relatively new piz..

Fujiya Hotel Dining, Hakone

Fujiya Hotel Dining, Hakone

If you are fortunate enough to find yourself staying at Fujiya Hotel in Hakone, you will be pleased to know the hotel offers three great restaurants on premises for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The main dining hall is called The Fujiya specializing in..

Kuro-tamago at Owakudani Valley

Kuro-tamago at Owakudani Valley

Venture off to The Great Boiling Valley, Owakudani, via the Ashinoko Lake Cruise. The smell of sulfur from the valley's volcanic activity will cause you to cover your nose at first, but be sure to brave the smell to taste their delicious kuro-t..

Places to stay

Ryokan-Hotel Mount View Hakone

Ryokan-Hotel Mount View Hakone

For travelers to Hakone who want a truly Japanese experience, but who also want to be taken care of by a very foreigner-friendly staff, the Mount View Hakone is a perfect accommodation choice. This privately owned ryokan-hotel is located in the beau..

Ryokan Gosaikan

Ryokan Gosaikan

Gosaikan isn't centrally located in the city of Hakone, but it is walking distance from Sounzan Station on the Hakone Ropeway network. This means that you can take the Hakone Ropeway and get to the sightseeing spots right away, as it connects the..

Gosaikan Ryokan

Gosaikan Ryokan

The best thing about Gosaikan Ryokan in Hakone is the view. Each of the eleven rooms has a small sunroom and balcony which look out across the mountains and down to the sea. Of course, staying at Gosaikan, which literally means 'five colours..

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Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

As one of the closest areas to Mount Fuji, it's no wonder Hakone Shrine has the most dramatic view of the iconic mountain in Japan, a Cherry Blossom country. The scenery is from Lake Ashi, a blue lake formed 3,000 years ago. At that time, the we..

Dining at the 'Mount View Hakone'

Dining at the 'Mount View Hakone'

Guests at the ryokan-hotel 'Mount View Hakone' dine on amazing dinners that change constantly, offering seasonal favorites. Both dinner and breakfast consist of a wonderful selection of Japanese foods that feature locally grown products. Ther..

Rediscover Hakone

Rediscover Hakone

In May, the Hakone Sulfur Pits (Owakudani) experienced some serious volcanic seismic activity and as a result that part was closed indefinitely. Buses are currently taking visitors around this area to Lake Ashi. The consensus was to avoid Hakone, an..

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About Hakone

Hakone is one of the most famous hot springs areas in the world. One reason is that the waters here are extremely therapeutic; People come here from all over Japan to enjoy them.

Hakone is also extremely beautiful, with mountains, Lake Ashinoko and of course Mt. Fuji. Some of the views of Mt. Fuji are absolutely stunning.

Finally, Hakone is extremely easy to reach by train, car or bus, and is just 90 minutes away from Tokyo or Yokohama. This means that if you want to come here for a one-day trip, it is possible. But why not stay for a few days? There is plenty to do and see, and there are hundreds of nice hotels and inns to stay at.

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.

Here are just some of the most popular areas and activities in Hakone:

  • Hakone Yumoto, where trains comes in from both Shinjuku and Odawara.
  • Gora, famous for its interesting parks and museums, such as the Hakone Open Air museum with numerous pieces on display by Henry Moore, Picasso and others.
  • Owakudani, a fascinating valley reached by ropeway, where volcanic smoke rises continuously from the mountain. Black-shelled eggs that have been boiled in the waters here are popular, healthy and delicious!
  • Sengoku, is an area in Hakone famous for its many hot spring bathing spots and quaint Japanese style ryokan inns.
  • Lake Ashinoko, formed 3000 years ago, is long, deep and blue, and with beautiful views of Mt. Fuji. Large. open-air boats whisk travelers around the lake area smoothly.
  • Hakone Shrine, surrounded by ancient, towering cedar trees is incredibly beautiful. And anotherl shrine, high atop Mt. Komagatake and only reachable by ropeway has breathtaking vista views.
  • Cycling, Hiking and Trekking are also popular activities, with a plethora of beautiful paths that are suitable for both the beginner and expert alike.
  • Hakone Machi has parks, museums and the Hakone Check Point that was, for 250 years, one of the toughest check points to pass through in all Japan.

All in all, Hakone is one of the best "value for money" areas in Japan: plenty to do, plenty of beauty and easy to reach. Please come and visit Hakone any season of the year!

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