Attraction Hakone Shrine, 80-1 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0522, Japan Published on: 13-11-2015
|2 hours 30 mins|
Temple & Monument
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu is special ?
Hakone Shrine (箱根神社, Hakone Jinja) stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest, but are well advertised by its huge torii gates, one standing prominently in the lake and two others over the main street of Moto-Hakone.
A path leads from the torii gate in Lake Ashi up a series of steps flanked by lanterns through the forest to the main building of the shrine, which sits peacefully among the tall trees. The shrine is beautiful throughout the year, and is particularly breathtaking when shrouded in mist.
A second shrine, Mototsumiya ("original shrine") stands at the summit of Komagatake, one of Mount Hakone's multiple peaks. It is accessible by the Komagatake Ropeway from Hakone-en or via hiking trails.
What to explore at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu?
You have to crossthe path which leads from the main transit area of Moto-Hakone toward the shrine. This path runs from east to west. After walking a few minutes along the path, lined with traditional lamps and a mini-shrine, passing through a forest of tall cedar trees, the path opens to the main entry area to the shrine. To the right is a set of stairs leading up the mountain to Hakone Shrine. To the left is the famous torii gate which appears to be floating on water.
This is the heiwa-no-torii which is an icon of the shrine. The torii lines up exactly with the stairs, and two torii gates (one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top), leading to the main hall of Hakone Shrine in a north-south orientation.
Turning away from the water and walking back up the stairs, you will reach the chōzuya (water purification basin) and the torii at the base of the main stairs. This point is also where the path from the town (where the first picture in this article was taken) intersects with the path leading from The Torii of Peace to the main hall of the shrine.
A few meters west of this area is a carpark and also a restaurant. You can stopp at the restaurant for udon after visiting the shrine.
How to get to Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu?
Hakone Shrine is a five minute walk from the Moto-Hakone boat pier, which is a 35 minute bus ride by Hakone Tozan Bus from Hakone-Yumoto Station by bus line H (960 yen, 4-5 buses per hour, covered by the Hakone Free Pass).
- Beautiful shrine, mesmerizing location
- A beautiful and spiritual place in the heart of Hakone
- Beautiful, tall trees, and a great budget stop
- Beautiful lakeside and mountain hidden shrine
- Free beautiful shrine
Hakone Shrine, 80-1 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0522, Japan
Tips for you
Planned to do the whole hakone route but the tourist information staff at odawara station said I arrived too late (it was 2pm) as the route needed at least 6 hours to finish. So in the end, I only went to the shrine. So I took the train to Hakoneyumoto station and rode bus H to the shrine. Bus H is for those that are not prone to motion sickness. It has damn too many twists and u-turns, up and downhill in a fast speed until I wanted to puke, even though I had taken the motion sickness pill. Sit in the first row will confirm make you puke. I had definitely questioned my decision to visit the shrine many times during the bus ride lol, but once I reached the shrine, I feel it worth the ride. The trees are majestic, especially those at the entrance of the shrine and the smell of negative ions is really relaxing. I was lucky to catch a wedding before I left too. Then I took a relaxing walk around the lake to the pirate ship and bought some souvenirs. The staff is very helpful and advised me to take bus R back to the station, which moved in a straighter route. lol