Explore Beautiful Hakone by Trail

Easy, beautiful nature walk ends at Lake Ashi

By Carrie Jacobs    - 1 min read

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.

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Carrie Jacobs

Carrie Jacobs @carriel.n.jacobs

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.