If the pirate ship is a bit much for you, you can take one of these cute little peddle boats and putter around the lake.
There are plenty of rowing boats, and pedal boats for rent, or even have someone drive you around in a motor boats.
Kind locals will brand your stick at several elevations, using old methods to burn your wood with iron and coals...worth everything, and it will save your life on the way down.
A keepsake like no other, when you start to fatigue, will keep you steady as a mountain goat.
Lake Ashi-no-ko lies in the heart of Hakone National Park. 20km in circumference it fills the crater of the extinct volcano Mt. Hakone which erupted over 2000 years ago. Lake Ashi's steep shores, encircled by volcanic mountains, are densely covered by forests.
Mt Fuji has become emblematic of Japan, the single sight that everyone knows, whether they have actually see it or not. No matter which direction you are coming from, the white tipped cone appears as if watching your journey. You can drive a car up to the '5th' station. Here at this level, there are the usual souvenir shops, a restaurant and a Shinto Shrine
Mt Komagatake - An all around view of the Hakone mountains, Lake Ashi and Mt.Fuji can be seen from the top of this 1,357m high mountain. Mt. Komagatake erupted on March 05, 1996, after the 54 years dormancy and again on October 25, 1999.
The view on a clear day is truly wonderful.
On clear days, cone shaped Mount Fuji can be seen beautifully from the sightseeing boats. Lake Ashi is abundant in trout, black bass and other kinds of fish, many people enjoy fishing there. You can get great views of the lake by the ropeway from Mt Komamagate.
Ever seen an orbit photo of Mt Fuji? It is clearly recognisable.. but obviously I can't show it.
Most people climb Mt. Fuji to see the sunrise above the sea of clouds from the 7-8th Stations on the Yoshidaguchi climbing trail. But there are other activities at the summit, including getting a calligraphic stamp from the summit shrine, walking around the summit crater on a 1 1/2 hour circuit, mailing letters from the post office, or calling a friend from the public phone at the highest point in Japan.
Fuji Five Lakes - created out of the eruptions and formed after the ash and lava clogged the streams and dams. To
the north of Mount Fuji, forming a gentle arc, are the Fuji Go-ko, Fuji Five Lakes.
From east to west, they are Lakes Yamanaka-ko, Kawaguchi-ko, Sai-ko, Shoji-ko, and Motosu-ko. The Five Lake area is a year-round vacation spot offering fishing, hunting, camping, trekking, and spas, especially popular with day-trippers from Tokyo.
Each lake has its own claim to fame: Yamanaka-ko is the largest; Kawaguchi-ko offers the best reflection of Fuji; Sai-ko has the best fishing and offers nearby Jukai, the Sea of Trees; Shoji-ko, the smallest, is the most picturesque; and Motosu-ko, with dazzling blue waters, is the deepest..
Hakone is the closest resort to Tokyo. Therefore it is very popular tourist's destination for Japanese and foreign visitors who are staying in Tokyo.
The major attractions of the Hakone area are good views of Mt.Fuji, hotsprings, Lake Ashi-no-ko (Ashi) and the Tori Gate of the Hakone Shrine which stands at the foot of Mt. Komagatake.
LAKE ASHI...Lake Ashi was made before the birth of christ with the eruption of Hakone Volcano.It is approximately 19 km in circumference and it is surrounded by dense forests.The Lake is beautiful and you can go on a boat ride across the lake. The area is very beautiful and on a clear day you can see Mount Fuji.
The beauty of the area is fantastic. You can enjoy a cable-car ride, visit an open-air museum, look round volcanic hot springs and cruise on the many boats on the lake.
Komegatake Ropeway - On a 4Km long ropeway ride, enjoy a breath-taking view of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Lake Ashi.
More views over the mountains and Lake area. The Mountain is a very popular destination for hikers. The path however is fairly steep at times.
The Hakone Shrine was founded in 757 and lies on the shores of Lake Ashi. It is famous for its long history and cultural relics. The shrine was dedicated to one of the most famous gods.
Take a cruise on Lake Ashi in a pirate ship no less. Not something you would expect to find in Japan that's for sure. It is a replica of a man-of-war pirate ship.