HakoneJapan

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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 showing street scenes and signage

Gora

4.5/5Wonderful!(127 area reviews)

Gora is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Hakone Gora Park and Ōwakudani while in the area.

Gora
Ashigarashimo featuring railway items

Miyanoshita

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Gardens, restaurants, and hot springs are some highlights of Miyanoshita. You might stop by Hakone Open Air Museum or Hakone Kowakien Yunessun while you're in the area.

Miyanoshita
Yumoto, Hakone, Japan

Yumoto

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

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

Yumoto
Nebukawa, Odawara, Japan

Nebukawa

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Some popular features of Nebukawa include its seaside views and restaurants. If you're in the mood to explore farther, Hakone Open Air Museum or Odawara Castle are worth checking out in the surrounding nearby area.

Nebukawa
Tonosawa, Hakone, Japan

Tonosawa

5/5Exceptional!(7 area reviews)

When in Tonosawa, you can plan a visit to Hakone Toy Museum and Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Tonosawa
Yoshihama, Yugawara, Japan

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 Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa
¥35,849
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Situated in Hakone, this luxury ryokan is within a 5-minute walk of Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Okada Museum of Art. Hakone Open Air Museum and Hakone Ropeway ...

4.4/5Excellent! (317 reviews)

"We were had a wonderful stayed in. They served us delicious Japanese dinner and buffet breakfast. The most amazing moment was enjoying the outdoor onsen."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
¥35,000
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Situated on a lake, this spa 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! (561 reviews)

"Best hotel experience ever. I will never forget the views the food the great service and the food"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

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
¥36,545
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

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! (419 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

Popular things to do in Hakone

Lake Ashi
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Lake Ashi

4.5/5(114 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

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and see why this is a favorite theme park in Hakone. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this relaxing area.

Hakone Open Air Museum
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Hakone Open Air Museum

5/5(59 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

4.5/5(51 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

4.5/5(20 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Shiroyama when you make a stop at a well-known site like Odawara Castle. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's hot springs.

Ōwakudani
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Ōwakudani

5/5(8 reviews)

Explore Ōwakudani, a popular spot to commune with nature in Hakone, and enjoy the hot springs. Wander the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this culturally-rich 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

74% of travellers recommend
¥13,000
Per adult
Private Mount Fuji Viewing Full-Day Tour with Hot Springs
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Private Mount Fuji Viewing Full-Day Tour with Hot Springs

100% of travellers recommend
¥14,986
Per adult
Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano
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Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano

88% of travellers recommend
¥10,500
Per adult
Hakone Bus Tour: Lake Ashi & Komagatake Ropeway
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Hakone Bus Tour: Lake Ashi & Komagatake Ropeway

¥5,700
Per adult
Mt.Fuji, Owakudani, Hakone Pirate Ship& Outlet shopping!
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Mt.Fuji, Owakudani, Hakone Pirate Ship& Outlet shopping!

¥13,000
Per adult
Hakone Day Trip & Lake Ashi Cruise from Tokyo — Full Day
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Hakone Day Trip & Lake Ashi Cruise from Tokyo — Full Day

¥11,676
Per adult

Reviews of Hakone

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
159
5 - Excellent 68.24034334763948%
4 - Good
61
4 - Good 26.180257510729614%
3 - Okay
9
3 - Okay 3.8626609442060085%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.2875536480686696%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4291845493562232%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 31, 2020

I would definitely go back there again!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Very nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 22, 2019

Really enjoyed the open air sculpture museum.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Hakone Shrine, Lake Ashi, and the Volcano were great. Not many stores or food option though and difficult to get to.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

Get the Hakone Free Pass, Unlimited transport.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Incredibly beautiful and recommend the Open Air Museum. Transportation was tough and buses unreliable. Wish our hotel offered more frequent shuttle service.

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