Hakone Travel Guide

Hakone is a hot spring area located in Kanagawa Prefecture.  The tourism destination is known for its close proximity to the center of Tokyo.

Hakone is located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is rich in nature.  One of the popular tourist destinations is Owakudani Valley which is a valley created by a volcanic eruption approximately 3000 years ago.  Visitors can take the Hakone Ropeway to climb to 1044 meters in altitude and can also see the activity of the active volcanic activity.  Black eggs which have black shells formed by a chemical reaction to volcanic gas are popular as gifts.

Ashinoko Lake is also representative of nature in Hakone.  There are Hakone Sightseeing Cruise as well as the famous Hakone-jinja Shrine which is known as a power spot.  During the summer, fireworks are held here as well.

If you want to enjoy a hot spring while in the area, Hakone Yumoto Onsen Hot Spring located in the vicinity of the JR Hakone Yumoto Station is recommended.  There are various accommodation in the area ranging from small inns to large resorts.  Daytrips to the hot springs are also an option.  There are gift shops and eateries in the area and visitors can enjoy a stroll while at Hakone Yumoto Onsen.

The closest train station to Hakone is Hakone Yumoto Station and can be accessed from Shinjuku by Odakyu Line.  Transportation within Hakone includes busses, Hakone Tozan Train, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise and Hakone Ropeway.  If you plan to use all of these transportation methods, the purchase of a day-pass is recommended.  A 2-day pass from Shinjuku is available for 5,140 yen for adults and 1,500 yen for children.  The day-pass can be purchased at the stations along Odakyu Line and the price varies by station and its proximity to Hakone.

Tourism information: Hakone

Map: Hakone