Hakone Travel Guide

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Hakone Things to Do

  • Avenue of Cedars

    The avenue of Cedars is part of the old Tokaido road leading up to the Hakone Checkpoint. This road lead over the mountains in the south on the way to Edo (modern Tokyo).

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  • Pola Museum

    The Pola museum has a large collection of paintings of European masters and is one of the premier art museums in Japan. its a great place to spend a rainy day in Hakone

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  • Kuzuryu Shrine

    This Shrine is off the beaten path on the walking trail across the southern shore of Lake Ashinoko. Still is very popular as a retreat for monks and pilgrims.

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  • Hakone Shrine

    Hakone Shrine sits on the shores of lake Ashinoko. Founded in 757, this is a Shinto Shrine sits just south of Hakone Moto.

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  • Onshi Park

    This park on the shores of Lake Ashino was once an imperial villa. Today its a city park and the villa is open for its great Fuji views ( weather permitting).

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  • Lake Ashi

    Lake Ashi is the highest paved area around the Hakone area and is known for it's Mt Fuji views. Hiking trails ring the lake and boats provide ferry service for those who do not want to walk.

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  • Hakone Checkpoint

    This reconstructed checkpoint guarded the approach to Edo on a famous road. The checkpoint was reconstructed in 2007.

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  • Hakone Western Slope

    Hakone Nishizaka(Western Slope) is the section of Tokaido trail between Hakone Checkpoint and Mishima Taisha Shrine. Usually hikers use western slope as a downhill trail from Hakone Checkpoint to Mishima because uphill trail from Mishima has some steep slopes. One of the most popular stops-by of this trail is Yamanaka Castle (Yamanaka Fort) with...

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  • Lake Ashi

    Lake Ashi was formed when Mount Hakone last erupted around 3000 years ago. I have seen spectacular pictures of Lake Ashi with Mount Fuji in the background, though we could not see Mount Fuji from the lake at all during our cloudy day visit.We boarded a pirate ship at Togendai on the shores of Lake Ashi and went for a lovely sail to Kojiri. This...

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Hakone Hotels

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  • Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort And Spa

    First, let me say I'm a bit prejudiced; I feel the service industry is something the Japanese have...

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  • Prince

    144 Motohakone, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, 250-0592, Japan

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Palace Hotel Hakone

    Its a nice hotel but there is not other dining options in walking distance and the hotel restaurants...

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Hakone Restaurants

  • Owakudani Black Eggs

    Kuro-tamago are the black eggs famously made in Hakone's Owakudani's sulfur hot springs. The eggs are steamed by the hundreds and sold for 5 for 500 Yen. These black eggs are said to add seven years to your life for each egg you consume, luckily they taste a lot like regular hard boiled eggs.According to a sign where the eggs are boiled, the black...

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  • Kinubiki-no-Sato Restaurant

    Kinubiki-no-Sato is a traditional restaurant in Moto-Hakone next to the torii gate that marks the southern entrance to the town center. This small restaurant specializes in soba, and they serve three types: udon (wheat noodle), soba (buckwheat noodle), and their special Kinubiki-udon (wheat noodle mixed with sesame).We both decided on the...

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  • Bakery & Table Restaurant

    Bakery & Table Restaurant is a nice, modern restaurant along the water in Hakone. It sits in a prime location, overlooking one of the torii gates at the entrance to the town, the torii gate at Hakone Shrine, Lake Ashi, and probably Mount Fuji on a clear day. This is one of the very few modern restaurants in Hakone, and it draws quite a crowd for...

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  • Family-run, great value

    On Andrew's recommendation we all headed to Daichi for our first dinner in the Hakone region. With 14 in our group we had to pre-order but that wasn't a problem as the guest house where we were staying had menus (in English, with photos) for us to consult. We all chose from the various set dinners. I had the ginger pork (the meat is thinly sliced...

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  • Great noodles

    We stopped for lunch in this small restaurant in Hakone-Machi. There was a good selection of dishes and the menu was thankfully in English and with illustrations. Many of the dishes were noodle ones and I chose one of these – soba noodles in a soup with seaweed. Chris had the curry rice, a popular Japanese take on that Indian staple with a simple...

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  • The experience is everything!

    We all ate here together on our second evening in Hakone. The restaurant is some way out of the village of Sengokuhara but they will collect you from and drive you back to your hotel, with prior reservation (arranged through your hotel). The setting is lovely, with a pretty Zen garden. We ate in the first floor area, where the seating is that...

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Hakone Transportation

  • Boats on Lake Ashi

    Lake Ashi sightseeing cruises are a very popular way to travel between Hakone's major tourist sites. There are three main ports for the big ships: one to the north at Togendai, which connects travelers to the Hakone Ropeway; one to the south at Moto-Hakone, near Hakone Shrine; and a third, also to the south at Hakone-Machi, near historic Hakone...

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  • Parking in Hakone

    Parking in Hakone and Moto-Hakone is very limited, so if you drive, plan ahead. Most hotels have lots for their guests, but public lots are reserved. If you have no other options, you can park on one of the side streets like this guy!Gora has even worse parking than Hakone. We found only two ro three pay lots in the entire town, and were lucky to...

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  • Toyo Tires Turnpike or Hakone Turnpike

    The Hakone Toyo Tires Turnpike is one of the major roads between Odawara and Hakone at the south end of Lake Ashi. Originally simply called the Hakone Turnpike, in 2007 Toyo Tires bought the naming rights to the road. The road is only about 15 kilometers between toll booths, and the toll is a very expensive 720 Yen. There is also a short 1.7 km...

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Hakone Shopping

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  • "We love Lawson's!"

    To satisfy late night snack cravings or indeed at any time of day, head to Lawson's. We found the one in Senkyoro, almost opposite the Fuji Hakone Guest House, to be the ideal spot to pick up dessert and/or a drink to enjoy while relaxing in the lounge after dinner. They have some things you will recognise from home (a good range of Hagen Dazs ice...

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  • Buying Shizuoka Souvenirs in Hakone

    When I was browsing for souvenirs in Hakone Owakunani Ropeway shop, I was surprised to find Shizuoka souvenirs there. Photo #1 is ABEKAWA MOCHI or Abekawa Rice Cake. It is a rice cake sprinkled with kinako or soybean flour.#2 and #3 is Kokko, a steamed cake with milk creams inside. Kokko also has other variation such as green tea kokko using...

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  • Souvenir goods with Evengelion...

    In the souvenir shop at Hakone Ropeway Owakudani station, you will find some of animation characters such as Hello Kitty and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most popular Japanese robot animation series in 1995 and the newer film editions has been released up to the third of the four-movie series. One of the main...

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Hakone Local Customs

  • Kuro-tamago: black eggs

    This is really a must-do while at Owakudani Hot Springs. At the point where the path divides to make a loop around the geysers there is a small hut and in one of the pools nearby a man is, yes, he is boiling eggs! Make sure you buy one of these at the hut, as eating one is said to add seven years to your life! They look black but are just ordinary...

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  • Himitsu-Bako and Yosegi Zaiku

    After lunch Andrew suggested that we visit a shop where a craftsman would demonstrate how Hakone’s famous secret boxes are made. As we approached the shop and entered I was anticipating the all too common “quick demo then hard sell to the gullible tourists” that we have experienced in some other places, but this was much more than that – we saw a...

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  • Koto music and kimono

    When staying in the Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse we had the opportunity to hear some traditional music played on the koto. This is a traditional stringed instrument, played horizontally on the floor. The 13 strings sit on moveable bridges which can be adjusted to change the pitch.Our hostess had invited a local woman, a retired teacher who has been...

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Hakone Tourist Traps

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    Odawara

    by Fabanna Written Mar 11, 2006

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    Although it's written in many guides, this ancient castel is really nothing exciting. It is also surrounded by a small and very sad and dirty zoo. Not recommended at all

    Unique Suggestions: have a walk around the park

    the castle
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Hakone What to Pack

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    Take a BACKPACK for A DAY TRIP TO...

    by AusPinay Written Apr 21, 2008

    Luggage and bags: You need a handy backpack, something not heavy but big enough to keep your coat/jacket as the trip to Hakone/Mt. Fuji will have all sorts of weather especially in spring. We were there mid-April and it was overcast and rainy at one point, then sunny and hot after a few hours. Then it was cold again during our pirate boat ride.

    Many people were caught out with thin clothing and were shivering during the boat trip. They had to stay in the cabins most of the time and missed out on some good views around the lake!

    The backpack is also good for taking small snacks like pastries, bread, cookies, etc. as lunch is not till 1:30 pm and the trip starts around 9 am. If you got picked up much earlier than that then it will be a while before having a real meal again.

    The bags we took were also useful for souvenirs as we opted to take the speed train back to Tokyo.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Of course good walking shoes are always best in trips outdoors. Though there was the sky gondola ride and boat rip, you still have o do a lot of walking especially around the Visitor's Centre at Hakone as it has a huge reserve/park and lots of ground to cover.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It is a good idea to pack a small first aid kit for small accidents l- band-aid, little ointment/disinfectant, etc.

    Photo Equipment: Cameras - digital or not are a must

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Out door gear is highly recommended- especially wind breakers as it could be windy during the cruise and the trek to the mountain/Valley of Hell.

    Layering is the standard here for clothing- meaning you just remove a layer of clothing depending on the prevailign weather, then add a jacket or coat one the climate gets colder again.

    Take also scarves and beanies for your family.

    Miscellaneous: The Gray Line Company is the main organiser of the Hakone/Mt. Fuji day tours. Other companies also use them aside from the hotels in case you book through your hotel. You pay them directly. The hotel only rings them for you.

    Layering is standard for trips like this Even my youngest tok his little backpack.
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Hakone Off The Beaten Path

  • Owakudani

    Owakudani is the area around the craters created during the last eruption of Hakone Volcano.This is an area where you enjoy hot springs, sulphureous fumes.This area is about 40 minuts by car from the town of Hakone, you can have a walk around, and, with 10 minuts walk you can reach an area with bubbling boiling pools where you can cook eggs that...

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  • Pampas Grass Plain

    As you take the bus up from Moto Hakone to Ashiniko, you'll pass by a hillock of pampas grass.The trek to the peak can be muddy and discouraging, but standing in the midst of the windy plains with swaying, yellow grass as tall as yourself is an experience in itself.

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Hakone Favorites

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  • Mori No Biru (Gotemba Kogen) Brewery's...

    Mori No Biru brewery is owned by the Yonekyu Company with beer made in Gotemba City. Mori No Biru is more commonly known as Gotemba Kogen Brewery. I recently found the Pils in the area around Hakone. The Pils label shows Fuji with a red setting sun to the side. The cap features a similar image of Fuji-san. The beer pours a clear light yellow color...

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  • Mori No Biru (Gotemba Kogen) Brewery's...

    Mori No Biru brewery is owned by the Yonekyu Company with beer made in Gotemba City. I recently found one of their beers, I think a lager, while traveling around Hakone. Mori No Biru is more commonly known as Gotemba Kogen Brewery.The lager label features the famous image of Hakone Checkpoint illustrated by artist Hiroshige in his collection, The...

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  • Autumn in Hakone.

    We visited Hakone in October. Autumn was just beginning and already some of the trees had changed to beautiful shades of red and orange. It must be utterly spectacular in November when autumn is in fill flow.

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