Hakone (箱根町, Hakone-machi), is a tranquil getaway from the buzz and busyness of Tokyo. Known for its world-class museums, natural beauty, and mystical energy, this mountainous town will leave you a little bewitched. We’ve rounded up our favorite spots to stay, eat, and see in the Hakone guides below!
Hakone, as a designated Japanese National Geopark, is well-known for its year-round scenery and hot springs. Nestled within mountains in the west of the Kanagawa Prefecture, it is removed from the big city environments of Tokyo and Osaka. The breathtaking Lake Ashinoko is just a quick bus ride away with a stunning view of Mt. Fuji.
In addition to natural wonders, there are renowned museums such as the Hakone Open Air Museum and the Venetian Glass Museum, both of which make use of the surrounding mountainous beauty to display their pieces. The city of Gora hosts a variety of mouthwatering dishes, hot springs, and ryokans for an unforgettable stay. Join us in exploring the fascinating, serene beauty of Hakone in the following ultimate travel guides.
5 Ultimate Hakone Travel Guides
Hakone Ropeway takes visitors from the top of Gora through the hell valley at Owakudani, and down to the beautiful and tranquil Lake Ashinoko. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this unique ride. While you’re there, check out the steam vents, and try some longevity black eggs at Owakudani.
Known as the “gateway to Hakone”, Hakone-Yumoto is home to many shops, hot spring ryokans, restaurants, and the Hakone-Yumoto Station. This scenic location is easily accessible from Tokyo and the start of your memorable journey to Hakone.
Our other favorite pastime in Hakone is visiting the many country-best museums . Take a look at two world-class destinations—the Hakone Open-Air Museum and the Hakone Venetian Glass Museum—in this museum travel guide.
Gora lies in the heart of Hakone and with its central location, it’s a great choice for ryokan stay if you’re spending a few days exploring Hakone. In Gora, besides fabulous hot springs, you can visit the beautiful french-style Gora Park, explore nearby museums, or try the famous katsu from Tamura Ginkatsu-tei.
There are many activities to do near Lake Ashi in Hakone for visitors. You can ride on the Hakone Pirate Ship, check out the whimsical Hakone-en Aquarium, ride on the Komagatake Ropeway, pray at the peaceful Hakone Shrine, or stop by the historic Hakone Checkpoint Museum.
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