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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Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥34,791 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated in Hakone, this luxury ryokan is within a 5-minute walk of Okada Museum of Art and Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Hakone Open Air Museum and Miyagino Hayakawa ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (469 reviews)
"Very nice location and staff, food was lovely"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 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 ¥36,364 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fujisan and Lake Ashi. Hakone Shrine and Narukawa Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
4.5/5 Wonderful! (123 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

Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
Washintei Hogetsu
Washintei Hogetsu
3.5 out of 5
90-42 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥58,555 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated on a lake, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Fujisan and Lake Ashi. Hakone Shrine and Narukawa Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Washintei Hogetsu
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Moto-Hakone Guest House
Moto-Hakone Guest House
2.5 out of 5
103 Moto-Hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥12,000 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥34,791 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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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 ¥36,364 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
Washintei Hogetsu
Washintei Hogetsu
3.5 out of 5
90-42 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥58,555 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥31,000 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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Hotel Musashiya
Hotel Musashiya
3.5 out of 5
Motohakone 20, Japan, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥15,455 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
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Hakone villa bizan
Hakone villa bizan
3 out of 5
71 Motohakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa
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Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥50,709 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Hakone Kuranju
Hakone Kuranju
3 out of 5
Motohakone 133-19, Hakone, Kanagawa
Hakone Kuranju
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