HakoneJapan

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Visit Hakone

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 featuring signage and street scenes

Gora

4/5Very Good!(16 area reviews)

Nestled in the foothills of Hakone’s tallest mountains, this town is famous for its museums, beautiful gardens, hot springs and scenic railways.

Gora
Ashigarashimo featuring railway items

Miyanoshita

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Check out the gardens, restaurants and hot springs while spending some time in Miyanoshita. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighbourhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Hakone Open Air Museum or Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

Miyanoshita
Yumoto, Hakone, Japan

Yumoto

5/5Exceptional!(13 area reviews)

While visiting Yumoto, you might make a stop by sights like Hakone Hot Springs and Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History.

Yumoto
Nebukawa, Odawara, Japan
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Nebukawa

Well-liked for its seaside views and restaurants, you might stop by Hakone Hot Springs and Hakone Open Air Museum while you're exploring Nebukawa and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Nebukawa
Tonosawa, Hakone, Japan

Tonosawa

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Tonosawa and surrounding area, you can visit Hakone Hot Springs and Hakone Toy Museum.

Tonosawa
Yoshihama, Yugawara, Japan
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Yoshihama

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

Yoshihama

Top hotels in Hakone

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
£217
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sengokuhara Onsen and Lake Ashi. Ōwakudani is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (519 reviews)

"Fantastic buffet"…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2019

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
£278
per night
Jan 14 - Jan 15

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (407 reviews)

"Great services! Facilities are clean and cozy. Good location and environment"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
3.5 out of 5
Gora 1320, Hakone, Kanagawa
£131
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Gora, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Hakone Open Air Museum and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Miyagino Hayakawa Breakwater Cherry Blossoms. Hakone Ropeway ...

4.4/5Excellent! (656 reviews)

"Amazing experience, and superb service. The hotel is luxurious and it was a great retreat from the cities."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika

Popular things to do in Hakone

Lake Ashi
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Lake Ashi

4.5/5(22 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

3.5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and see why people love this theme park in Hakone. Discover the mountain views and hot springs in this relaxing area.

Hakone Open Air Museum
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Hakone Open Air Museum

4.5/5(13 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.

Hakone Shrine
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Hakone Shrine

4/5(12 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.

Odawara Castle
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Odawara Castle

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Odawara Castle, a well-known historical site in Shiroyama. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's hot springs.

Ōwakudani
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Ōwakudani

4/5(5 reviews)

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

Top activities in Hakone

Lake Ashi Cruise, Hakone Ropeway & Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Lake Ashi Cruise, Hakone Ropeway & Gotemba Premium Outlets

£93

Cruise across the deep blue waters of Ashinoko Lake, soar to the top of Owakudani, and tuck into a delicious lunch of grilled meats, salads, and other specialties. This fun-filled trip takes you from scenic shores to stunning summits, with plenty of time for lunch and shopping in between.

Private Mount Fuji Viewing Full-Day Tour with Hot Springs
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Private Mount Fuji Viewing Full-Day Tour with Hot Springs

£106

Take in picture-perfect views of Mount Fuji from multiple spots on Japan's east coast. Capture sights of the mountain from Arakura Sengen Park and marvel at its peak from the heights of Hakone Ropeway. End your day with a Japanese tradition—a relaxing dip in the steamy hot springs.

Hakone Bus Tour: Lake Ashi & Komagatake Ropeway
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Hakone Bus Tour: Lake Ashi & Komagatake Ropeway

£39

After staying in the Kawaguchiko area, you can take this bus tour and enjoy Hakone sightseeing on the way to Odawara or Tokyo. An English-speaking tour conductor accompanies the tour, so join worry-free! Departure is in the afternoon, so feel free to enjoy sightseeing in the Kawaguchiko area in the morning.

Mt.Fuji, Owakudani, Hakone Pirate Ship& Outlet shopping!
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Mt.Fuji, Owakudani, Hakone Pirate Ship& Outlet shopping!

£92

Join us for a breezy day to Mt. Fuji area, to view Japan's supreme and holy mountain and make full experience of shopping and other to-dos! This day-trip contains four major sightseeings and outlet shopping, and is a compact time maximized choice especially for first-time visitors, day-off excursion seeker, family etc.

Full day in Hakone & Mt. Fuji
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Full day in Hakone & Mt. Fuji

£92

Spend one day away from Tokyo’s modernity to visit two of Japan’s most characterizing natural wonders, Hakone and Mt. Fuji! Feel the wrath of Mt.

Historical Castle & Shinto Shrine Tour
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Historical Castle & Shinto Shrine Tour

£62

Visit: Local Japan, Jonai 8-10, Odawara 250-0014 Kanagawa Prefecture In this 2hour tour you will visit an old Japanese castle, learn about history of the city and visit an ancient Shinto Shrine. Meet your personal guide at Odawara Station in front of the Shinkansen gate.

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