Lake Ashi

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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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The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
4 out of 5
144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥29,301 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is steps from Fujisan and Lake Ashi. Hakone Shrine is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
4.2/5 Very Good! (497 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
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥41,000 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sengokuhara Onsen and Lake Ashi. Fujisan and Hakone Pirate Ship are also within 5 minutes.
4.6/5 Wonderful! (748 reviews)
"it was a wonderful stay in Hanaori. We will definitely come back soon!"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥42,789 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (151 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

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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 Dec 8 to Dec 8
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The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
4 out of 5
144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥29,301 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥41,000 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is ¥42,789 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Ryuguden
Hakone En Cottage West
Hakone En Cottage West
3.5 out of 5
144 Motohakone, Ashigara-shimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
Hakone En Cottage West
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 Dec 10 to Dec 10
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 ¥35,182 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Washintei Hogetsu
Washintei Hogetsu
3.5 out of 5
90-42 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is ¥58,555 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Washintei Hogetsu
Hakone Kuranju
Hakone Kuranju
3 out of 5
Motohakone 133-19, Hakone, Kanagawa
Hakone Kuranju
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.