Remote Hakone, Japan Published on: 31-03-2016

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Hakone (箱根) is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji

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Why Hakone is special ?

Hakone is famous for the great natural scenery, view of Mount Fuji and hot spring onsen. It is also easily accessible from Shinjuku train station

A view of Mt. Fuji is not the only view that you can enjoy in Hakone. There are a number of spots to visit, including O-waku-dani (where volcanic fumes still bear a trace of the Hakone Volcano), Lake Ashi-no-ko (created in the crater of the Hakone Volcano), Susuki-sogen (silver grass field) of Sengokuhara, a stone Buddha and stone towers situated in Moto-Hakone, and cedar trees along Kyu-Kaido Street. Various methods of transportation, such as mountain railway, cable car, ropeway, and cruising boat, are available to bring you to these spots.

If you’re interested in visiting Hakone, check out this website with lots of useful information in English.

Source: https://www.jnto.go.jp

What to explore at Hakone?

The volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, centered around Lake Ashinoko, is a popular tourist attraction well known for its onsen (hot springs) and its views of Mount Fuji.

The Great Boiling Valley (大涌谷 Ōwakudani) is a volcanic hot spot full of sulphurous springs. Owakudani can be reached by cablecar from Sounzan and the lake.

Hakone Jinja Shrine, nestled on the south shore of the lake, close to Moto-Hakone, is a picturesque Shinto shrine with torii gates in water.

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) offers beautiful views of Mount Fuji but only on a clear day. As many tourists have found out, a visit to Lake Ashinoko does not guarantee a view of the mountain. The lake is crisscrossed by cartoonishly decorated "pirate ships".

Hakone Open Air Museum displays a wide variety of sculptures and artwork within a beautiful parkland setting. Includes a Picasso exhibition (paintings and pottery).

Source: http://wikitravel.org/

How to explore Hakone in budget ways:

  • Hakone Free Pass: This pass makes it convenient to go around Hakone. Price: 5140 Yen. More detail at hakonenavi.jp
  • Hakone Sightseeing Cruise & Ropeway 1-Day Ticket: With this ticket you can freely ride Hakone's popular Ropeway and Sightseeing Cruise for one day and at a great price. Price: 2940 yen. More detail at hakonenavi.jp
  • KANKO SHISETSU-MEGURI” Bus: 1000 yen. More detail at hakonenavi.jp

What to see in Hakone:

  • Parks and Gardens: Hakone Gora Park, Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park, Hakone Museum of Art, Hakone Yasuragi-no-mori, Horaien Garden, Chichibunomiya Memorial Park
  • Historical Sites and Buildings: Hakone Checkpoint, Ubako Yamauba-jinja Shrine, Sainokawara, Shogen-ji Temple, Sounji Temple, Amida-ji Temple, Kintoki-jinja Shrine and Kintoki Park, Moto-Hakone Stone Buddhas and Pagodas, Hakone Kyukaido (Ancient Highway) Milepost, Yadori-ishi Rock of Kintoki
  • Botanical Gardens: Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, Hakone Ashinoyu Flower Center

Best place to see Cherry Blossoms in Hakone

Here is suggested 1 day explore Hakone from Tokyo: Shinjuku Station —> (2) Gora —> (3) Souzan —> (4) Owakudani —> (5) Togendai —> (6) Hakone Machi —> (7) Moto Hakone —> (8) Hakone-Yumoto Station —> (9) Shinjuku

How to get to Hakone?

From Tokyo :

[Rail] 90 min from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto Station by Odakyu Line.

40 min from Tokyo to Odawara by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 15 min from Odawara to Hakone-Yumoto Station by Hakone Tozan Line.

Selling points

  • A combination of human and nature
  • Outstanding view at Mt.Fuji
  • Lots of choice for a relaxing day
  • Breathtaking scene from the moutain
  • A romantic town
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Tips for you

  • Try the black eggs (黒玉子 kuro-tamago) at Owakudani. Boiled on site, their shells are a mottled black due to a chemical reaction with the sulphurous water, but the inside is quite tasty. According to Japanese legend, every one you eat will add seven years to your life. 5 eggs (and hence 35 years) will set you back just ¥500.
  • Many tourist spots in Hakone are accessible via the Hakone Tozan Railway. It is unique in that the train repeats switchbacks three times to go up the steep slope from Yumoto, the entrance of Hakone, to Gora. The train runs on the steepest slope (80/1000) among the railways in Japan.
  • Around Kowakidani Station, there is a hot spring theme park named Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a Mediterranean-style public bath
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  • It's better to start your day trip early because it can be very crowded at some touristy spots.

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