Gora

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Gora showing street scenes and signage

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

Gora is a charming town set within the hillside beneath Mount Hakone and Mount Kamiyama. The town’s forested hills are dotted with excellent museums, picturesque gardens and tree-lined parks. Home of the changeover station for the Hakone-Tozan Railway and a breathtaking cable car, Gora has plenty to offer those stopping over or lingering a few days.

Explore Gora on foot and wind your way up the steep slope that rises behind Gora Station. A 5-minute walk will bring you to Gora Park (Gōra Kōen), a beautifully landscaped French-style garden. Wander around the garden to find an ornate fountain, a rose garden and two glasshouses. Visit the park’s Craft House to try glass blowing, ceramics or flower arranging and finish your trip with a cup of tea from the Hakuun-do Chaen teahouse.

A further 5-minute walk uphill will bring you to the Hakone Museum of Art, which displays a fascinating collection of ceramics from prehistory to the Edo Period. Stroll along winding paths in the museum’s lush moss garden, beneath the shade of maple trees. You can also visit the Japanese-style Sekirakuen Garden on weekends and in November, when the meticulously clipped trees turn auburn and red during fall. The garden is an excellent vantage point for looking out across the town.

If you’d prefer not to walk, all of these destinations are accessible via the Hakone-Tozan Cablecar, which begins its 10-minute journey to Sounzan from Gora Station. Within a short distance of Gora, you can also find the Hakone Open Air Museum, the Pola Museum of Art, the Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, the Little Prince Museum and the Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands. These destinations are all accessible by bus from Gora Station.

Reach Gora via the Hakone-Tozan Railway, which winds through steep escarpment and lush forests from Hakone-Yumoto. The town can be reached within 3 hours from Tokyo by rail. Visit Gora in winter to see the snow-capped peaks of Mount Hakone and enjoy a steaming bath in a hot spring (onsen) while the snow falls. In spring and summer, you’ll see rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom throughout the mountainside.


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Merveille Hakone Gora
Merveille Hakone Gora
3.5 out of 5
1300-70 Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥9,200 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Gora, this spa ryokan is within a 15-minute walk of Hakone Gora Park and Hakone Open Air Museum. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Pola Museum of Art are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (49 reviews)
"温泉がとても良く気持ちよかったです!"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

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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 ¥35,500 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Gora, this luxury resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hakone Gora Park, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and Hakone Open Air Museum. Lake Ashi and Sengokuhara ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (520 reviews)
Jesper
"Truly one of the best hotel service experiences ever, and we have tried a lot. Staff was amazingly attentive, rooms very huge and well equipped. Highly remmondable."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

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Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
3.5 out of 5
Gora 1320, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥17,769 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (889 reviews)
"The environment was quite and nice for a holiday with a family! Onsen was also enjoyable with less people"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

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HAKONE Setsugetsuka
HAKONE Setsugetsuka
3.5 out of 5
1300-34 Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥24,691 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Gora, this ryokan is within a 15-minute walk of Fujisan and Hakone Open Air Museum. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Hakone Gora Park are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (86 reviews)
Hakone Setsugetsuka, Ryokan with private bath.
"Extremely satisfied with this 1-night stay at Hakone Setsugetsuka. We had a lovely Japanese type room with a bath on the balcony where we could relax in private. The ryokan offered a delicious dinner course menu and a japanese breakfast set the following morning. Conveniently located just 2-3 min ..."

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

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Hakone Yutowa
Hakone Yutowa
2.5 out of 5
1300-27, Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥13,273 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in Gora, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fujisan and Hakone Open Air Museum. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Hakone Gora Park are also within 2 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (53 reviews)
"This is a beautiful hotel/spa with a wonderful staff. The property looks new and is set amongst trees. It has many amenities including an outdoor foot bath, separate onsen for men and women, plus private onsen that can be reserved. The location is great — a 3-minute walk from Gora station and many ..."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

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Ajisai Onsen Ryokan
Ajisai Onsen Ryokan
2.5 out of 5
1320-653, Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥13,909 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Gora, this ryokan is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fujisan and Hakone Open Air Museum. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Hakone Gora Park are also within 2 mi ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (17 reviews)
"The staff are genuine and very accomodating. The dinner and breakfast were delicious. The onsen was extremely relaxing and we were able to reserve the onsen for an hour so we were not separated as a family. We plan on being repeat customers!!!"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

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