Lake Ashi

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Lake Ashi

The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
4 out of 5
144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is NT$6,309 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Situated on a lake, this hotel is steps from Fujisan and Lake Ashi. Hakone Komagatake Ropeway and Hakoneen Golf Course are also within 15 minutes.
4.2/5 Very Good! (489 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 2021/4/5

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 NT$7,610 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is steps from Fujisan and Sengokuhara Onsen. Lake Ashi and Hakone Pirate Ship are also within 5 minutes.
4.6/5 Wonderful! (722 reviews)
"The staff was very helpful and cheerful. It was very clean. The food was excellent. All was great."

Reviewed on 2021/7/15

Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is NT$8,636 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Hakone, this luxury ryokan is within a 5-minute walk of Okada Museum of Art and Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Hakone Open Air Museum and Miyagino Hayakawa ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (474 reviews)
"Very nice location and staff, food was lovely"

Reviewed on 2021/10/14

Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
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Best Lodging Options Near Lake Ashi

Hotel Musashiya
Hotel Musashiya
3.5 out of 5
Motohakone 20, Japan, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is NT$3,794 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Hotel Musashiya
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is NT$7,610 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
4 out of 5
144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is NT$6,309 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is NT$8,636 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is NT$12,448 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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 NT$8,927 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
Washintei Hogetsu
Washintei Hogetsu
3.5 out of 5
90-42 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is NT$15,130 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
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.