Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi featuring sailing, a lake or waterhole and a sunset

Lake Ashi

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, 250-0592
The price is NT$5,849 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hakone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (533 reviews)
"Service was excellent"

Reviewed on 2022/4/25

The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken , 250-0522
The price is NT$8,428 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Hakone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and hot springs on site. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"The property is brand new, was built in 2017, and the cleanliness was perfect. The room that we stay was with an air bath with half board, and the location was far from the main building, which made the elderly parents tired, but apart from that, their stay on the property was excellent, with a good ..."

Reviewed on 2022/7/14

Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0522
The price is NT$6,806 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Stay at this 3.5-star spa ryokan in Hakone. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (169 reviews)

Reviewed on 2022/6/16

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Hakone Hotel
Hakone Hotel
4 out of 5
65 Hakone Hakone-Machi, Kanagawa, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0521
The price is NT$3,849 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
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The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
4 out of 5
144 Moto-hakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0592
The price is NT$5,849 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
3.5 out of 5
160 Motohakone Togendai, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken , 250-0522
The price is NT$8,428 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Ryuguden
Ryuguden
3.5 out of 5
139 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0522
The price is NT$6,806 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Ryuguden
Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
3.5 out of 5
80 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0522
The price is NT$7,984 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Hotel de Yama, Hakone Lake Side
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
4.5 out of 5
1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0407
The price is NT$7,984 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hotel Musashiya
Hotel Musashiya
3.5 out of 5
Motohakone 20, Japan, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0522
The price is NT$3,992 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Hotel Musashiya
Hakone villa bizan
Hakone villa bizan
3 out of 5
71 Motohakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0522
The price is NT$5,847 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Hakone villa bizan
Villa Hakone Stage
Villa Hakone Stage
3 out of 5
Motohakone 160-34, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0522
The price is NT$5,490 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Villa Hakone Stage
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.