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Hakone Shrine

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Hakone Shrine featuring a temple or place of worship as well as a small group of people

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 Shrine (Hakone Jinja) is an enchanting site in the dense forests of Moto-Hakone. Visit the famous Shinto shrine to experience its peaceful atmosphere, magnificent architecture and fascinating traditions. Admire the beautiful symmetrical structure and reflect quietly at the main hall. Explore the shrine’s relaxing forest surroundings.

You might see Hakone Shrine’s bright-red torii gates standing in the shallows of Lake Ashi from a boat or while taking a pleasant walk around the lake’s perimeter. The best view of the remarkable entryway can be seen from Onshihakone Park. On a clear day, this viewpoint aligns the torii gates with the towering peak of Mount Fuji in the distance. Wander up the lake’s eastern side to the breathtaking pathway lined with cedar trees and red-colored lanterns. Climb the stairs a short distance from the water’s edge to reach the path leading toward the shrine, dotted with more torii gates and surrounded by lush Japanese native forest.

The shrine sits amid tall trees and appears especially captivating when looming out of the mist. Admire the traditional architecture of the building, accentuated by red-and-gold detailing. You’ll see the main building’s entrance flanked by “komainu,” the shrine’s guardian stone lions. A rope-like “shimenawa” is strung over the main hall’s doorway, symbolizing the boundary to sacred space. Check out the “ema” plaques hanging either side of the doorway, where visitors have inscribed their wishes or hopes.

You might see some visitors washing their hands at the trough nearby. If you would like to join, fill a ladle with water and use it to rinse both hands before tipping the ladle forward, so that the remaining water rinses the handle. At the offering hall, you can throw a coin into the offering box. Two deep bows, two handclaps, a further bow and a prayer should follow this.

Visit the shrine quietly and respectfully. Be sure to remove your shoes before entering indoor areas. Photography is allowed outside of the shrine but it may be considered impolite to photograph indoor areas.

Hakone Shrine is located near the south shore of Lake Ashi, near Moto-Hakone. It is open daily and has no entry fee.

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Hotel Musashiya
Hotel Musashiya
3.5 out of 5
Motohakone 20, Japan, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥13,642 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
This family-friendly Hakone ryokan is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Lake Ashi and Hakone Shrine. Onshi Hakone Koen Park and Narukawa Art Museum ...
4/5Very Good! (111 reviews)
"Facing to Ashinoko-lake and access to those sightseeing places is great."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

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HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥27,160 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

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Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
3.5 out of 5
80 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥37,273 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Ashi and Hakone Shrine. Narukawa Art Museum and Hakone Komagatake Ropeway are also within 1 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)
"Beautiful garden, silent and spacious room, nice air bath! Hotel is very clean. Definitely would like to come back."

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

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Moto-Hakone Guest House
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2.5 out of 5
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3.5 out of 5
80 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥37,273 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥13,642 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
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Washintei Hogetsu
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥58,555 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥35,335 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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