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Travel Guide

Lake Ashi which includes sailing, a lake or waterhole and a sunset

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

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
The price is NT$8,983 per night from May 10 to May 11
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (485 reviews)
"Great place"

Reviewed on 2021/4/11

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
3 out of 5
1-6-7 Sakaecho, Odawara, Kanagawa
The price is NT$2,211 per night from May 14 to May 15
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harune Odawara and Odawara Castle. Tombs of Hojo Ujimasa and Hotokuninomiya Shrine are also ...
3.9/5Very Good! (333 reviews)
"Great location, friendly courteous staff as always in Japan, and great value for the price."

Reviewed on 2021/3/24

Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
3.5 out of 5
484 Yumoto, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$3,963 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Yumoto, this spa ryokan is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Tamadare Falls and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum. Hakone Open Air Museum and Hakone ...
4.2/5Excellent! (188 reviews)
"An excellent ryokan that wasn’t too far from the main station. It was extremely quiet and relaxing. The baths are reservation only which was a nice plus with COVID and all. Some of the other rooms mentioned a poor smell but I did not encounter it. I think they might not be used to the smell of the ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/5

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.
Condominium MIRAHAKONE
Condominium MIRAHAKONE
3 out of 5
462-17 yumoto, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is NT$2,236 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Yumoto, this condo building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Tamadare Falls and within 3 mi (5 km) of Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum and Odawara Kokian. Hakone Open ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (75 reviews)
"It was a nice place! Good location not too far from the station at Hakone-Yumoto. We didn't use the little kitchen, but it seemed nicely stocked. The reason for the so so cleanliness rating were some dead bugs in the windowsill, a dusty range hood fan, and hairs by the bed."

Reviewed on 2020/7/19

Condominium MIRAHAKONE
Treeside Hotel & Apartment
Treeside Hotel & Apartment
3 out of 5
1-16-6 Doi, Yugawaramachi, Yugawara, Kanagawa
The price is NT$2,343 per night from May 13 to May 14
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Yugawara Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yugawara Tourism Hall and Manyo Park. Doi Castle Ruins ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)

Reviewed on 2021/1/29

Treeside Hotel & Apartment
Suite Villa Hakone Gora
Suite Villa Hakone Gora
3 out of 5
1300-74 Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is NT$9,468 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Gora, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hakone Gora Park and Hakone Open Air Museum. Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Ōwakudani are ...
Suite Villa Hakone Gora
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.

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Reviews of Hakone


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Apr 3, 2020

Beautiful area. It’s a great place for a weekend trip.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 19, 2020

It is sometimes hard to travel around Hakone but it is such an amazing area. Just pay for a taxi if you can’t walk a lot or don’t have patience for buses.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 31, 2020

I would definitely go back there again!

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Jan 17, 2020

Very nice

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 22, 2019

Really enjoyed the open air sculpture museum.

4/5 - Good

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Dec 9, 2019

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

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