This nature walk from Hakone Botanical Garden to Togendai is lovely and easy. It takes about 2.5 hours and is best taken on a dry day. Highlights include Sengokuhara pampas grass, views of Ōwakudani sulphur plumes and the surrounding mountains, cedar and bamboo groves, some fish and bird sightings and ending at Lake Ashi. I recommend book-ending your walk with some time in quaint Sengokuhara and at Lake Ashi.
To reach the trailhead: From Sengokuhara (仙石原) head towards and past the Hakone Botanical Garden, take a right at the Japanese restaurant Fukufu, and follow the signs to Kojiri (湖尻). Note that the route is briefly residential, but carry on and you’ll find the trail head.
Find out more about Lake Ashi.
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Hailing from Portland Oregon, I am a recent transplant to Zama, Japan here in Kanagawa. Having worked for a high school international exchange organization for close to 8 years, I'm inspired by all things intercultural and love to travel! When in a new country I am like a sponge, absorbing as much cultural nuisance and norm as possible.Though I leave room for spontaneity during an outing or trip, I utterly enjoy doing advanced research; reading reviews of hotels, restaurants and sites to visit. I'm involved with Japan Tourist because I'd like to share my observations and recommendations with locals and travelers alike.