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1. Lake Ashi

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.
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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.

2. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

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.
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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.

3. Hakone Open Air Museum

The Hakone Open Air Museum (Hakone Chōkoku No Mori Bijutsukan) encompasses a sprawling hillside, its carefully placed sculptures responding to the stunning surroundings of mountains and green valleys. Discover the museum’s eclectic collection of sculptures, which includes artworks by Japanese and Western artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Check out the Picasso Pavilion while the kids explore the fun-filled playground.
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Spend a day spotting artworks and strolling along the gentle hills and lush lawns at this peaceful garden gallery on a scenic railway route.

4. Hakone Shrine

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.
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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.

5. Museum of the Little Prince

You can spend an afternoon studying the exhibits at Museum of the Little Prince during your travels in Hakone. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the hot springs in this culturally rich area.
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You can spend an afternoon studying the exhibits at Museum of the Little Prince during your travels in Hakone. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the hot springs in this culturally rich area.

6. Pola Museum of Art

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Pola Museum of Art in Hakone. Discover the hot springs and mountain views in this culturally rich area.
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You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Pola Museum of Art in Hakone. Discover the hot springs and mountain views in this culturally rich area.

7. Hakone Gora Park

Enjoy the hot springs and explore Hakone Gora Park, a lovely green space in Hakone. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this culturally rich area.
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Enjoy the hot springs and explore Hakone Gora Park, a lovely green space in Hakone. Stroll along the lakeside or discover the mountain views in this culturally rich area.

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