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
Gora showing street scenes and signage

Gora

Known for Museums, Hot Springs, Relaxing

4.5/5(112 reviews)

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

Miyanoshita
Ashigarashimo featuring railway items

Miyanoshita

Known for Gardens, Dining, Friendly People

4.5/5(10 reviews)

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

Nebukawa
Nebukawa, Odawara, Japan

Nebukawa

Known for Sea, Swimming, Hot Springs

5/5(5 reviews)

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 neighborhoods.

Yumoto
Yumoto, Hakone, Japan

Yumoto

4.5/5(23 reviews)

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

Tonosawa
Tonosawa, Hakone, Japan

Tonosawa

5/5(5 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.

Yoshihama
Yoshihama, Yugawara, Japan

Yoshihama

Known for Natural Parks, Beaches

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

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
¥32,000
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3

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! (505 reviews)

"Quiet and peaceful setting. Fantastic buffet breakfast and dinner. Lovely hot baths."…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
3 out of 5
1-6-7 Sakaecho, Odawara, Kanagawa
¥8,727
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Situated in Odawara, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harune Odawara and Odawara Castle. Tombs of Hojo Ujimasa and Odawara Catholic Church are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (111 reviews)

"New building. Close to the station."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa
¥36,333
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

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! (276 reviews)

"I send are excellent and so are the multi-dish dinners. The breakfasts are large buffets with lots of choice but number of people can be a bit much at times."…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU

Popular things to do in Hakone

Lake Ashi
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Lake Ashi

4.5/5(103 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(15 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and see why people love this amusement 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

5/5(54 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(42 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(14 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 mountain views.

Hakone Gora Park
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Hakone Gora Park

4/5(16 reviews)

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Hakone Gora Park, a well-known green space in Hakone. Wander the lakeside or discover the hot springs in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Hakone

Lake Ashi Cruise & Hakone Ropeway with BBQ Lunch
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Lake Ashi Cruise & Hakone Ropeway with BBQ Lunch

¥13,000

[ATTENTION for departures from June 25~present] On Sunday, May 19, the Japan Meteorological Agency raised the alert level for Mt. Hakone to a Level 2, warning of a possible eruption. As a result, the area around the Owakudani crater is off-limits to visitors including the Hakone Ropeway.

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

¥14,986

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.

Tokyo Supercars Grand Tourer Driving Experience
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Tokyo Supercars Grand Tourer Driving Experience

¥153,000

Get behind the wheel of up to 4 supercars for this premium Grand Tourer experience. Starting in Central Tokyo, drive in supercar style through the inner city and then out on to the open road.

Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano
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Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano

¥10,500

Depart from Shinjuku in Tokyo to the scenic areas of Hakone near Mount Fuji. First, cruise on a well-decorated pirate boat to enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji around the green on Lake Ashinoko.

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

¥5,500

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.

Food and Culture Walking Tour near Tokyo
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Food and Culture Walking Tour near Tokyo

¥9,134

Meet us at Odawara Station, in front of the Shinkansen line. A local guide, will walk with you to the near castle park. Learn about history of the castle town and about the structures of the different castle gates while walking through the park.

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