Hakone might be most famous for its beautiful lake, Ashinoko and the many wonderful hot springs the place has to offer, but Hakone also has some beautiful temples and shrines to admire. A famous one, Hakone Jinja, is a shrine from the Heian period in Hakone forest overlooking Ashinoko, the big beautiful lake popular by tourists for boating and sightseeing. Then there is Soun-ji a centuries old spiritual heart in the city of Hakone-Yumoto filled with rows of miniature Buddha statues and bells. Find these and the other most beautiful temples and shrine you can find in the top 10 list below!

Choan-ji Temple

It is such a great idea to stop by at this temple before sunset when all the statues on a wooded slope above the temple become spookily charming even on a cloudy day. This is one of the unique places in Japan to visit. Here you can feel the cold windy weather. This is must-visit place as you can see a live volcano. You can get a boiled egg in hot water spring which is believed to add seven years of life to a person. This is a very nice and calm place in the forest, just a short walk from the nearest bus stop. Not only the little statues and the koi pond in the temple are something that’s unique and special, looking at the stairway in different angles you can see it’s actually surreally floating. It is not overrated when saying that this is the stairway to heaven!!!

*Note: Travellers are requested to carry own dresses to avoid cold wind. As you walk,  the pungent smoky weather which can be intolerable.

Adress: 82 Sengokuhara, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0631, Kanagawa Prefecture

 Kuzuryu Shrine

Kuzuryu Shrine is a short distance from Motohakone harbor where cruise ship makes one the drop offs. The shrine is on a hill and is reachable only if you climb a fleet of stairs. Coming to Hakone, Kuzuryu is definitely one spot that needs to be seen. Iconic landmark with the Tori in the water is a really peaceful quiet quaint place for you to visit. Driving a car is also a good idea as it's not far from the ropeway, then proceeding down the stairs to have a view of the beautiful lake is a wonderful experience. You can also walk the cobblestone road along the lake from Motohakone to the shrine. It is said that Kuzuryu has a beautiful setting that you will be transported back in time to a serene and mindful place. Do not forget to visit the Torii Gate, especially during sunset, and drink the water fountain.


*Note: Because of the Steep terrain, it might be difficult for people with the mobility issue.

Address: 190-0221 Tōkyō-to, Nishitama-gun, Hinohara-mura, Kazuma, 7076

Sounji Temple

Located near to Yumoto station is a small beautiful Temple called Soun. Taking a one-hour walking tour and stop at this small Jinja is also a great idea to relax, enjoy the stepping stones there if it rains, looking at the great off-variant cherry or plum tree, or even to find the inner peace.

Address: 405 Yumoto, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0311, Kanagawa Prefecture

Hakone Motomiya Shrine

If you are intentional of going to Motomiya shrine and get a red seal, you may want to visit there before 4 pm. Under a cloudy sky, the shrine even looks more amazing superb in a dignified atmosphere.

Interestingly, there is neither a bell nor a saisen box at the shrine. It seems that there are only three days in January where you can see a priest at Motomiya Shrine. Lying there in the vicinity of the shrine is a pile of Iwagaki stones that is said to be a powerful godly spirit magnetic field.

*Note: 1. Walking shoes are highly recommended because of the staircase and gravel road. 2. You may want to take a ropeway to visit. The entry for hiking is a restricted area now.

Address: 110 Motohakone, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0522, Kanagawa Prefecture

Fukazawa Zeni Araibenzaiten

This small spot can be very worth visiting if you are a person who loves genuine simpleness and lovely green collection. The wooden shrine looks like a small friendly garden that you would probably find an inner peace and mindfulness here. Especially, the daytime atmosphere is said to be different at night where it’s cooler and fresher while the daytime maybe more lively shadows blended in the enjoyable sunlight.

Address: Tonosawa, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0315, Kanagawa Prefecture

Shogenji Temple

This is also a good temple that you may want to stop by on your itinerary in Hakone, Kanagawa. If you are a person who likes history and historical site, Shogenji temple is also a good choice for you. The temple is told to be interconnected directly to the famous Soga brothers- Juro and Goro.  

Address: 562 Yumoto, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0311, Kanagawa Prefecture

Owakudani Enmei Jizo

Located in Owakudani, Enmei Jizo is another spot that you may want to visit, with a nice lovely view. It’s not spectacular or occupies a vast area, Enmei Jizo is small, simple, and pretty place.

Address: Sengokuhara, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0631, Kanagawa Prefecture

Amidaji Temple

The Amida Temple is famous for beautiful and fresh hydrangea. It seems to be called hydrangea temple by the locals. The location is not very easy to find. You may have to climb a mountain road for almost 30 minutes so it’s not a recommendation for people who are concerned about their legs or who don’t want to climb a long way

Address: 24 Tonosawa, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0315, Kanagawa Prefecture

Kintoki Shrine


Another wonderful shrine that you can stop by when climbing the hill Kinshi-Yama.  located at the side of Kanzet-san mouth, it attracts not only foreign tourists but also Japanese travelers to go visit.Come and enjoy the big Masakari, an axe, used to be decorated here in Kintoki Shrine. Also, don’t forget to bring your red seal book to get a beautiful seal.

Address: 1181 Sengokuhara, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0631, Kanagawa Prefecture



Hakone Shrine

The torii gate built in the lake is mysterious. Feel the spiritual energy emanating at Hakone Shrine.
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Price FREE
Address Hakone jinja, 80-1 Motohakone Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-83-7123
Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakone_Shrine

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