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Interesting ways to Listen to Music in Hakone and Odawara

Speaking of the Odawara and Hakone area, they are one of the best tourist attractions in Japan.If you have a chance to visit, what kind of place would you like to go to?

This region located in the southeast of Mt. Fuji, has lots of places to amuse visitors.I will introduce some places where you can hear music.

Some sources of music you probably have never considered before!

by Yuriko

Pictured: a road in Hakone

1.The road is singing?

“Melody pave of Ashinoko Skyline” (Melody road) is one of the Hakone roads where you can see Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashinoko, it’s the

Ashinoko Skyline. If you drive here by car, in addition to enjoying the beautiful view, you can also enjoy the melody which you can hear from the road!

To tell the truth, it’s one of the measures to prevent excessive speed. The road was made with grooves, so that when a car drives on it, you can hear a song. There is a signboard beside the road, so this place will be easy to find.

But this will not be heard as a melody unless you drive the legal speed of 40 kilometers.

Please keep in mind driving safety and enjoy the music which is played by the road.

☆The places where you can hear the songs and the name of songs:

1. The lane heading from Kojiri to Hakone mountain pass, it’s located before the toll gate.

Song: ” The theme song of anime Evangelion” – Hakone was the setting for this cartoon.

2. The lane heading from Hakone mountain pass to Kojiri, it’s located past the rest house of Shakusi mountain pass.

Song: The song of Mt. Fuji “Mountain of Fuji”

☆Ashinoko Skyline Management Office Tel: 0460-83-6361

2.The Moment to be healed by the music and Venetian glassware.

“Hakone Garasunomori Museum”

This Museum has the Venetian glassware which the medieval European nobles loved.The delicate and elegant brilliancy has attracted people since the olden days. In this museum, you can enjoy not only about 100 exhibits, but you can also enjoy making your own work at the experience workshop.

There is a cafe and a restaurant and you can also enjoy authentic Italian canzone.

Performances are held 6 times a day, and 365 days a year! This is an art museum where you can appreciate art with your eyes, and appreciate the music with your ears.

There are also exhibits of contemporary glassware and special exhibitions.

How about this place for healing you?


1.Hakone tozan bus from Odawara station (Kojiri Togendai line).

2.Hakone tozan bus from Hakone-yumoto Station (Kojiri Togendai Line).


940-48 Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun

☆Phone: 0460-86-3111

3.You might meet a record of memories.

” Music Collection Room of Hakone Kitahara Museum ”

There are a lot of exhibits such as:  3,000 tin, and celluloid antique toys, and a motion display made in the United States which was in the show window of jewelry store. The displays were made from 1900 to 1970.

About 400 record albums of Japanese and Western music are decorated all over the walls in the music collection room. You may encounter something about your country in Japan. It may be interesting to compare the jacket design of albums between Japan and overseas.

Pictured: Lake Ashi in Hakone


Hakone Tozan Railway from Odawara station. It takes 5 minutes on foot from Hakone Yumoto station.

(There is a free shuttle bus from Hakone Yumoto Station) ☆Address:

740 Yumoto Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun

☆Phone: 0460-85-6880

4.The Specialist of Japanese traditional culture.

“Geigi” (Geisha)

There is a traditional entertainment called “Ozashiki asobi” in Japan. Ozashiki is the room where tatami (Japanese traditional floor material) are spread. The people who have trained as a specialist to enliven the banquet are called “Geigi” (also called “Geisha”). The geigi have live performances.

The Japanese traditional musical instruments called shamisen are used for the performances . It is shaped like a guitar, and the sound is unique.

There is a band organized of geigi called “Basara”, and you can also enjoy the music which isca mix of Japanese traditional and contemporary music.

☆Geigi Inquiries: Hakone Yumoto Entertainment Cooperative

☆Telephone : 0460-85-5333

5.Enjoy the music with drinks.

“Live House”

It might happen to you to want to listen to the music even on your travel. It also might happen to someone to want to play the musical instruments.I will introduce to live houses near Odawara station.

Spats Nightclub in Odawara 

If you want to listen to live music, “SPATS” sometimes has live performances.

Various music such as pops and oldies are played here.(mainly jazz) You can enjoy the music relaxingly with drinks from all over the world and foods made by the chef. There are some counter seats, and it will be easy to enter if you come here by yourself.

Address: 2nd Houtoku Building B-1 1-3-13 Sakaecho Odawara City

☆Phone : 0465-20-2421

If you want to play, “JakaJaka”

JakaJaka has Open mike nights.

You can play on the stage for 30 minutes.

Although you must make a reservation first, but if there is a vacancy, you can play without a reservation. You can also use music instruments there, so it’s okay to visit there empty-handed. Since various music lovers gather here, we can enjoy sessions with them.

Address: 9-7 2 – chome Sakaecho Odawara City

☆Phone: 0465-23-8485


Shalamar Nightclub & Halloween 

*There is a fantastic Halloween Party at Shalamar Night Club near Odawara Station. Don’t miss it if you are in Odawara over Halloween, plus the soul music at Shalomar is great!

If you need Halloween costume accessories check out, haleysheadbands.

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