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Hakone, a Guide to the sights and what to do in this beautiful volcanic area of mountains, vistas, and hot springs



(in Japanese) or

Lake Ashi

(in English).



The Museums of Hakone

Some of the best museums in Japan can be found in Hakone.   Not only are the museums there good, but the variety of what you can see spans art, history and even fantasy.              Read More



The Hot Spring Baths  of Hakone Yumoto

Many indoor and   outdoor baths. To get there take the free  shuttle bus from the bridge near Yumoto Station.

This whole area is part of a national park, which is south of Tokyo. It is famous for its beauty, hot springs, and the many interesting volcanic things you can see and do. It is a great break from Tokyo! Read More


The 5 Best Hot Springs for Families in or near Hakone

#1 on the list of the 5 best hot springs for families is…….

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun:
In my opinion, this is the best hot spring in or near Hakone. It is hands down the best hot spring for families with children.
We took our own kids here and it was a blast!  5 Best Hot Springs in Hakone for Families



Gora in Hakone

Is an onsen resort near the top of Soun-zan Mountain. It is in the center of the area. It is a pretty area with resorts and hotels.

Hakone Bijutskukan (Art Museum)Tel 0460-2-2623It is 3 minutes by cable car from Gora Station to Koen-ue. It has a great collection of Japanese and Chinese ceramics. Plus the surrounding grounds are covered in moss and Japanese maples. A truly Japanese experience. An interesting Japanese bamboo grove also surrounds the museum.

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Owakudani is a very beautiful, and mystical spot in Hakone. Its name literally means “Great Boiling Valley.”

Want a black egg? You can have one here at this place of ancient volcanic vents and hot springs. The water is hot enough to boil an egg. If you eat one, it is believed you will live seven years longer!  Owakudani



Is 40 minutes by bus from Yumoto. It is a beautiful area of large trees and lakeside. There are some interesting shops and good restaurants with lake views. Gongen (Shrine) is a famous site with it`s red torii gate, which is actually in Lake Ashi. It frequently appears in photographs in books on Japan. This shrine was founded in 757. Read More

 Hakone Hotel – Cheap places to stay in, or near Hakone!

Where are some of the best and cheapest places to stay in or near Hakone?

Cheap Places to Stay near Hakone

 Saya`s Selections, Cheap Places to eat in Hakone

The Original Hakone bakery

Can be found at the Hakone Yumoto main building. You can enjoy freshly baked bread, crisp croissants and many other delicious slices of bread.

17 minutes on foot from Hakone Yumoto Station (They also have another branch inside Odawara Station, near the Shinkansen exit -ed.)  More Cheap Restaurants


The 5 Best Places for Children in Hakone

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
It is a hot spa leisure facility in the center of Hakone.It is aptly described as a “Hot spring theme park,” and numerous unique baths please couples and families.  Price: 2100yen (Bathing suit Area) & (No clothes Area) 1600yen/1200yen (Age 3-12 years old) Access:From Odawara Station take the HakoneTozan Bus or the Izu-Hakone Bus to Kowaki-en Bus stop (About 40 minutes) 810yen. Restaurant Cafe.  Read More

What to do on a rainy day in Hakone?

What to do on a rainy day in Hakone?
Go to the Pola Museum of Art where the building itself is a masterpiece!
It is Avery peaceful place. The museum has a great collection of European art. It has many of the classics of the art world, and has a revolving series of exhibits featuring famous artists from Chagall to Picasso. If you like European art, enjoy the many works gathered here.   Rainy day in Hakone


Hiking in the Hakone area

From the famous Daiyuzan trail, to hikes around Odawara and Hakone, you are lucky to be a hiker in this part of the world.   Hey, you can even walk one of the oldest roads in the world in Hakone.     As well as stay in shape, the hikes here will invigorate your spirit.   Hiking in the Hakone area

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