Attraction Lake Ashi, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) is special ?
Lake Ashi, also referred to as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, is a scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshū, Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano that last erupted in 1170 CE at Owakudani. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji, its numerous hot springs, historical sites, and ryokan. The lake is located on the Tokaido road, the main link between Kyoto and Tokyo. A number of pleasure boats and ferries traverse the lake, providing scenic views for tourists and passengers. Several of the boats are inspired by the design of sailing warships.
What to explore at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)?
The Lake Ashi area offers walks and hikes for all levels. We are in the heart of a National Forest and the options are endless. You can hike the crater of a dormant volcano, walk the lazy shores, stroll town, or visit the historical sites. The town is compact and most sites are easily accessible by foot. For those looking for a challenge, day hikes are available up the peaks and around the crater. We encourage you to follow the footsteps of the travelers who have proceeded you in the centuries before. A great idea is to hike one way and take a boat or bus back to your starting point!
How to get to Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)?
There are buses (operated by Izuhakone Bus) from Atami Station to Hakone-machi every hour. The one way journey takes about 60 minutes and costs 1180 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is not valid on Izuhakone buses.
There are buses from Mishima Station to Hakone-machi and Moto-Hakone (bus line N, operated by Numazu Tozan Tokai Bus) every hour. The one way journey from Mishima to Moto-Hakone takes about 50 minutes and costs 1030 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on these buses.
There are two buses per hour between Gotemba Station and the northern and eastern shores of Lake Ashinoko (bus lines V and W, operated by Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus). The one way journey from Gotemba to Togendai takes about 30 minutes and costs 1020 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on these buses.
- Lovely cruise with cold windy lake
- Lovely scenery on the boat ride
- Scenic end of the Hakone loop
- Relaxing ride with a little peek of Mt. Fuji
- Refreshing yet calming
Lake Ashi, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Tips for you
The scenery from the open deck is breathtaking-ly highhh. Must snap away at there cuz the view is overwhelming ♡
Had a cruise in the Pirate ship from Togendai to Moto-Hakone through Hokone-machi and back to Togendai. The cruise was so cold with frozen winds in late April. The ships depart every 30 minutes. Had lunch at Hakone-machi restaurant and around was filled with Cherry blossoms. The cruise was an amazing experience.