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Hakone

Travel Guide
Lake Ashi which includes sailing, a lake or waterhole and a sunset

Located around an hour outside of Tokyo, visitors flock to this town to relax in the natural hot springs and explore the mountains and lakes of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. 

Hakone is a small town and park located in the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan’s southern Kantō region. Nestled into lush mountains, Hakone is a fantastic base for exploring the dramatic landscape. Discover lakes, waterfalls, Shinto shrines and steaming hot springs amidst the dense forests in this region.

The volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is Hakone’s top destination. The park consists of several natural attractions around Lake Ashinoko. Lake Ashi, as locals call it, is a crater lake with striking views of Mount Fuji. Explore the lake on a pleasure boat, designed in the style of a sailing warship.

Situated near to lakes, coastlines, hot springs and volcanic mountains, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is full of varied natural beauty. Visit the mythical looking Shiraito Falls or traverse the volcanic island of Izu Oshima.

Take the aerial tram at Hakone Ropeway up to the hot springs and sulphur vents at the Great Boiling Valley. Eating the local specialty of an egg hard-boiled in the hot springs which is said to increase longevity.

Visit Hakone Shrine at the foot of Mount Hakone. This Shinto shrine is hidden in the forest and shrouded by the mountain’s mist. Don’t miss its massive torii gates. The large red entrance gate looms over the shore of Lake Ashinoko.

For a unique cultural experience, stop by Hakone Open Air Museum. Seamlessly blending art with nature, this museum features over 1,000 pieces of art. Wander through the extensive Henry Moore sculpture garden or examine some 300 pieces created by Pablo Picasso.

Tokyo is just 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) to the west of Hakone. Several train options will bring you to the town in about an hour. Most trains require a transfer at nearby Odwara, a pleasant hot springs town that is a destination of its own.

Where to stay in Hakone

Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
3.5 out of 5
Gora 1320, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is $199 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
Located in Gora, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Hakone Open Air Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Miyagino Hayakawa Breakwater Cherry Blossoms and Hakone Ropeway. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (837 reviews)
"This property is absolutely beautiful, the lobby, onsens, rooms, everything was incredible. Staff accomodated w/ some english as well. Breakfast was very good, all the food is brought to your table due to COVID. Parking is just behind the building, because of the hill recommend drive up to front ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is $256 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sengokuhara Onsen and Lake Ashi. Hakone Ropeway and Ōwakudani are also within 2 mi (3 km).
4.6/5Wonderful! (676 reviews)
"love the place"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1320 Gora Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is $315 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Gora, this luxury resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hakone Gora Park and Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Hakone Open Air Museum and Lake Ashi are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (497 reviews)
"Great place"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Condominium MIRAHAKONE
Condominium MIRAHAKONE
3 out of 5
462-17 yumoto, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is $98 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Located in Yumoto, this condo building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Tamadare Falls and within 3 mi (5 km) of Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum and Odawara Kokian. Hakone Open ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)
"It was a nice place! Good location not too far from the station at Hakone-Yumoto. We didn't use the little kitchen, but it seemed nicely stocked. The reason for the so so cleanliness rating were some dead bugs in the windowsill, a dusty range hood fan, and hairs by the bed."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Condominium MIRAHAKONE
Villa Hakone Stage
Villa Hakone Stage
3 out of 5
Motohakone 160-34, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is $175 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Situated in Hakone, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Sengokuhara Onsen and Lake Ashi. Hakone Ropeway and Ōwakudani are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (23 reviews)
"綺麗で清潔でした! 又利用したいです、"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Villa Hakone Stage
MEIBI HakoneYumoto
MEIBI HakoneYumoto
3 out of 5
Yumoto Maeda 200-22, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is $193 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Located in Yumoto, this condo building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tamadare Falls and within 3 mi (5 km) of Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum and Odawara Kokian. Odawara ...
MEIBI HakoneYumoto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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