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Lake Ashi

Vacation Travel Guide
Lake Ashi featuring sailing, a lake or waterhole and a sunset

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.

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) is a forest-fringed lake within the ranges of Mount Hakone. The lake was formed within Mount Hakone’s caldera, after the volcano erupted 3,000 years ago. Today, it is a pristine area dotted with small villages, lakeside resorts, pleasant walking paths and dense forests.

Visit Moto-Hakone, a town on the lake’s eastern side that hugs the base of Mount Byobu. A leisurely 1-hour lakeside stroll will bring you to Onshihakone Park, Hakone Detached Palace and Garden, the Hakone Shrine and the village of Hakone-Machi. From the southerly end of this walk, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji aligning with Lake Ashi.

Visit the Hakone Detached Palace, a former summer residence for the Imperial Family, to spot the red torii gates coming out of the water on the opposite bank, marking the entry to the Hakone Shrine. This stunning Shinto shrine is located a short walk from Moto-Hakone. Visit the shrine to experience its solemn spiritual atmosphere and traditional architecture. The shrine is located at the end of a pathway flanked with cedar trees and red lanterns. Snap a photograph of the lake framed through the striking red torii gates.

Take in the view of the lake’s silvery surface from aboard a sightseeing boat. Boats cruise across the lake in approximately 30 minutes and offer the chance to see Lake Ashi’s stunning wild escarpments and mountain vistas. You can ride on a ferry or a boat themed like a pirate ship. Hakone Free Passholders can enjoy free access to the fun-filled pirate ships. Boat trips operate between the southern villages of Moto-Hakone and Hakone-Machi to the northern towns of Togendai and Kojiri.

Lake Ashi can be reached by bus, rail and ropeway. Purchase a Hakone Free Pass to gain unlimited access to the scenic railway, cable car, ropeway and selected buses and boats. Traditional ryokan (inns) and lakeside resorts can be found in each town. Don’t miss the chance to soak in an outdoor hot spring bath (onsen) while visiting Lake Ashi. Take in views of the surrounding mountains any time of the year while relaxing in these Japanese-style spas.

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Top Hotels Close to Lake Ashi

HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
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

HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥35,335 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated on the boardwalk, this spa ryokan is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Ashi and Hakone Shrine. Ōwakudani and Hakone Kowakien Yunessun are also within 6 mi ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (147 reviews)
Nice Hotel with Fuji-View
"The Meals and service were excellent. You eat not in your room but in a restaurant. Tee you can prepare by yourself in the room. Nice view from the rooms! You see the lake with Mt. Fuji-San in the background. Rooms aren't the newest. The bath was not so pretty, but you don't need it because of the ..."

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Ryuguden
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
4 out of 5
144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥30,496 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hakone Komagatake Ropeway and Lake Ashi. Hakone Shrine is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
4.2/5Very Good! (485 reviews)
"The bath was attractive. The breakfast was Ok. The dinner was a joke. As we are vegetarian we were told vegetarian alternative would be available. We had salad (7-11-style bland as hell), corn (yes, corn!) soup, that most famous of French dishes, evidently from a can and sparingly scooped into a ..."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
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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
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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 ¥27,160 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
HAKONE ASHINOKO HANAORI
Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥35,335 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Ryuguden
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
4 out of 5
144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥30,496 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
Hakone En Cottage West
Hakone En Cottage West
3.5 out of 5
144 Motohakone, Ashigara-shimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
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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
Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥30,798 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Villa Hakone Stage
Villa Hakone Stage
3 out of 5
Motohakone 160-34, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥18,841 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Villa Hakone Stage
Washintei Hogetsu
Washintei Hogetsu
3.5 out of 5
90-42 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥61,636 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Washintei Hogetsu
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