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Lake Ashi

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.

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) is a forest-fringed lake within the ranges of Mount Hakone. The lake was formed within Mount Hakone’s caldera, after the volcano erupted 3,000 years ago. Today, it is a pristine area dotted with small villages, lakeside resorts, pleasant walking paths and dense forests.

Visit Moto-Hakone, a town on the lake’s eastern side that hugs the base of Mount Byobu. A leisurely 1-hour lakeside stroll will bring you to Onshihakone Park, Hakone Detached Palace and Garden, the Hakone Shrine and the village of Hakone-Machi. From the southerly end of this walk, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji aligning with Lake Ashi.

Visit the Hakone Detached Palace, a former summer residence for the Imperial Family, to spot the red torii gates coming out of the water on the opposite bank, marking the entry to the Hakone Shrine. This stunning Shinto shrine is located a short walk from Moto-Hakone. Visit the shrine to experience its solemn spiritual atmosphere and traditional architecture. The shrine is located at the end of a pathway flanked with cedar trees and red lanterns. Snap a photograph of the lake framed through the striking red torii gates.

Take in the view of the lake’s silvery surface from aboard a sightseeing boat. Boats cruise across the lake in approximately 30 minutes and offer the chance to see Lake Ashi’s stunning wild escarpments and mountain vistas. You can ride on a ferry or a boat themed like a pirate ship. Hakone Free Passholders can enjoy free access to the fun-filled pirate ships. Boat trips operate between the southern villages of Moto-Hakone and Hakone-Machi to the northern towns of Togendai and Kojiri.

Lake Ashi can be reached by bus, rail and ropeway. Purchase a Hakone Free Pass to gain unlimited access to the scenic railway, cable car, ropeway and selected buses and boats. Traditional ryokan (inns) and lakeside resorts can be found in each town. Don’t miss the chance to soak in an outdoor hot spring bath (onsen) while visiting Lake Ashi. Take in views of the surrounding mountains any time of the year while relaxing in these Japanese-style spas.


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The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko $191
Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
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The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko

The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko

144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Locatiion, service. Viskas buvo puiku, isskyrus per aukstas kainas restoranuose.

    Ryuguden $316
    Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019
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    Ryuguden

    Ryuguden

    139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
       
      4.5 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Beautiful quaint place. Real Japanese traditional hotel.

      HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI $335
      Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019
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      HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI

      HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI

      160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
         
        4.6 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0

        A bit far away from train station but not a big deal for driving holiday. Very new and well managed. Staff are helpful.

        Hotel Green Plaza Hakone $227
        Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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        Hotel Green Plaza Hakone

        Hotel Green Plaza Hakone

        1244-2 Sengokuhara Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          The onsen has an amazing view of Mount Fuji. Restaurant had really good buffet food, and the staff were incredibly helpful and fluent in English.

          Odakyu Yama No Hotel $273
          Reviewed on Apr 6, 2019
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          Odakyu Yama No Hotel

          Odakyu Yama No Hotel

          80 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
             
            4.5 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            I love the setting of this hotel , I was able To take a pic of mt. Fuji early in the morning from my balcony . Peaceful atmosphere ,the gardens are marvelous. I think is a perfect hotel for honeymooners. Very romantic.

            Hakone En Cottage West
            Hakone En Cottage West

            Hakone En Cottage West

            144 Motohakone, Ashigara-shimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated on a lake, this spa holiday park is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Hakone Komagatake Ropeway and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Ashi and Hakone Shrine. Hakone-en Aquarium and Hakuryu Shrine are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hakone Hotel $155
              Reviewed on May 9, 2019
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              Hakone Hotel

              Hakone Hotel

              65 Hakone Hakone-Machi, Kanagawa, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
                 
                4.2 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Everything was amazing, loved this place. Staff so friendly, onsen so nice, everything great! Would love to return!

                Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa $361
                Reviewed on May 10, 2019
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                Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

                Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

                1320 Gora Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  English was a problem. Not many of the staff spoke it well. They tried but there was definitely a language problem.