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HakoneJapan

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

Gora showing street scenes and signage

Gora

4.5/5Wonderful!(130 area reviews)

Gora is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Hakone Gora Park and Ōwakudani while in the area.

Gora
Ashigarashimo featuring railway items

Miyanoshita

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Gardens, restaurants, and hot springs are just a few things travelers enjoy about Miyanoshita. Check out Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park or Fujisan while you're exploring the area.

Miyanoshita
Yumoto, Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan

Yumoto

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

While visiting Yumoto, you might make a stop by sights like Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Yumoto
Nebukawa, Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan

Nebukawa

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Unique features of Nebukawa include the seaside views and restaurants. Make a stop by Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park or Fujisan while you're exploring the area.

Nebukawa
Tounosawa, Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan

Tounosawa

5/5Exceptional!(7 area reviews)

While visiting Tounosawa, you might make a stop by sights like Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and Fujisan.

Tounosawa
Yoshihama, Yugawara, Kanagawa, Japan

Yoshihama

You'll enjoy the beaches and parks in Yoshihama. You might want to make time for a stop at Yugawara Beach or Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Yoshihama

Top Hotels in Hakone

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $394 per night

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! (450 reviews)
Exceptional hotel

"Absolutely loved everything about this hotel. Everything was exceptional quality. Staff are amazing. The location and views are great. The breakfast was fantastic. It would have been nice to have some more basic and affordable meals on the room service menu like ramen or Japanese curry for example, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is $298 per night

Situated in Hakone, this luxury ryokan is within a 5-minute walk of Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Okada Museum of Art. Hakone Open Air Museum and Miyagino Hayakawa ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (377 reviews)

"Front staff and bell boy were very good おもてなし! Bell boy is from Vietnam who is not speak fluent Japanese however she was trying to"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
3.5 out of 5
Gora 1320, Hakone, Kanagawa
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $189 per night

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! (759 reviews)

"The property is very clean and guests are expected to roam around without shoes, which are checked into lockers at the entrance. The lobby lounge with a fireplace is a great place to relax and read a book, be on your laptop or just chill with a free iced drink or coffee. The Japanese breakfast is ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika

Popular places to visit in Hakone

Lake Ashi
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Lake Ashi

4.5/5(116 reviews)

Stroll around a section of this lake or sail across it on a pirate ship and, if you’re lucky, you might see a clear view of Mount Fuji rising up in the distance.

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and see why this is a favorite theme park in Hakone. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this relaxing area.

Hakone Shrine
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Hakone Shrine

4.5/5(52 reviews)

Walk up a cedar-lined path dotted with lanterns to see Hakone’s most famous Shinto shrine, standing between the shores of Lake Ashi and the peak of Mount Hakone.

Hakone Open Air Museum
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Hakone Open Air Museum

5/5(60 reviews)

Spend a day spotting artworks and strolling along the gentle hills and lush lawns at this peaceful garden gallery on a scenic railway route.

Odawara Castle
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Odawara Castle

4.5/5(22 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Shiroyama when you make a stop at a well-known site like Odawara Castle. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Ōwakudani
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Ōwakudani

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Explore Ōwakudani, a popular spot to commune with nature in Hakone, and enjoy the mountain views. Wander the lakeside or discover the hot springs in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Hakone

Tokyo Supercars Grand Tourer Driving Experience
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Tokyo Supercars Grand Tourer Driving Experience

$1,427
Per adult
Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano
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Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano

$98
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tokyo Line 1 : Hakone + Ashinoko + Owakudani
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Tokyo Line 1 : Hakone + Ashinoko + Owakudani

$74
Per adult
9-hour Mt.Fuji & Hakone to/from Odawara with Private Car
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9-hour Mt.Fuji & Hakone to/from Odawara with Private Car

$793
Per adult
Hakone Day Trip & Lake Ashi Cruise from Tokyo — Full Day
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Hakone Day Trip & Lake Ashi Cruise from Tokyo — Full Day

$106
Per adult
Food and Culture Walking Tour near Tokyo
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Food and Culture Walking Tour near Tokyo

$84
Per adult

Reviews of Hakone

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 68.90756302521008%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 25.630252100840337%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.7815126050420167%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2605042016806722%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.42016806722689076%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

Beautiful area. It’s a great place for a weekend trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

It is sometimes hard to travel around Hakone but it is such an amazing area. Just pay for a taxi if you can’t walk a lot or don’t have patience for buses.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 31, 2020

I would definitely go back there again!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Very nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Really enjoyed the open air sculpture museum.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Hakone Shrine, Lake Ashi, and the Volcano were great. Not many stores or food option though and difficult to get to.

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