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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

Hakone’s Miyanoshita Naraya Café

Hakone’s Miyanoshita Naraya Café

Even if you are not planning to take a long, hot spring bath in Hakone, having a nice cold beer while enjoying a leisurely footbath is an excellent alternative. Take off your shoes and free your spirit from all its worries and tensions! Ahhhh. Na..

Hakone-Yumoto’s Soba shop "Jihei"

Hakone-Yumoto’s Soba shop "Jihei"

I don’t know why but I (and probably most Japanese) always feel like eating soba as my first meal when I come up to Hakone’s hot spring resort area. Is it because of my Japanese blood? Or is it because Hakone has a high density of soba sh..

Hakone-Yumoto Tai Ramen "Sai"

Hakone-Yumoto Tai Ramen "Sai"

What is Tai-Ramen? Tai is sea bream and it is quite tasty. Grilled tai has been enjoyed at every happy event in Japan since the days of old. The broth from tai tastes very delicate and graceful. Since the soup at this ramen shop near Hakone-Yumoto..

Places to stay

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..

Hakone's Matsuzaka-ya Inn

Hakone's Matsuzaka-ya Inn

One of Hakone's seven original hot springs, Ashino-yu, is located at the highest point of the Hakone mountain pass. Situated 830 meters above sea level, there are few inns in the area, and Matsuzaka-ya is the inn there with the longest and most d..

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Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika

Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika

Although not much to look at from the outside, Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika has been newly remodeled in a lovely modern Japanese style. The hotel is very quiet, even when it is full of guests. If you visit, be sure to book one of the spac..

Tenzan Onsen

Tenzan Onsen

On a rainy day in Hakone, what better to do than visit one of the many beautiful onsen in the quiet, peaceful mountains? A quick search online (using my wifi router from WIFI-HIRE.COM) pulled up the recommended ones nearby and I opted for Tenzan Ons..

Chamberlain's Hakone Promenade

Chamberlain's Hakone Promenade

Different from all other foreigners in Japan at the time, Basil Hall Chamberlain spent most of his spare time in Hakone. He had a job in Tokyo but had his own library, secretaries and even a semi-permanent room at the Fujiya Hotel. In his memory, t..

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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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