Hakone


Hakone, the perfect day out of Tokyo. Hakone is located in the southwestern part of Kanagawa prefecture less than 100 kilometers from Japan's main capital Tokyo and s part of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Hakone is a popular place for Japanese and foreign travelers because of its beautiful nature, the view of Lake Ashinoko and Mount Fuji and is a place with many hot springs. One can find many lovely ryokans exotic streets and a very cool open air museum there as well. Let yourself be inspired by this list from TripAdvisor on the top 30 things to do in Hakone.

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

 

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

 

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

Stroll through the grounds while enjoying the art
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 1,600 JPY
Child: 800 JPY
Address The Hakone Open-Air Museum, 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa See map
Website http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/


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


Hikone Castle

This dignified castle is a National Treasure
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 600 JPY
Child: 200 JPY
(separate admission for Genkyu-en Garden)
Adults 200 yen
Elementary and junior high school students 100 yen
Address 彦根城, Konkicho, Hikone-shi, Shiga See map
Telephone 0749-30-6120
Website http://www.hikoneshi.com/en/castle/


Hakone Ropeway

A gondola with all sides made of glass for an exciting 360 degree scenic view
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:30 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Price Adults: 730 JPY
Child: 370 JPY
Address Sengokuhara Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0465-32-2205
Website http://www.hakoneropeway.co.jp/foreign/en/index.cgi


Hakone Hot Springs

A 90 minute train ride from Tokyo. Twenty types of hot springs qualities. Enjoy the diverse hot springs baths at Hakone Hot springs
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Address Hakone, Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-85-5571
Website http://www.hakone-english.com/


Hakone Tozan Railway

A 530m difference in elevation! Japan’s only genuine mountain range railroad representing Hakone.
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Business Hours Everyday ( 06:00 AM ~ 10:30 PM )
Price Adults: 130 JPY
Child: 70 JPY
Address 707 Yumoto Hankone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0465-32-6863
Website http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/en/


Hakone Glass Museum

The first in Japan! A museum specializing in the delicate and graceful Venetian glass
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:30 AM ~ 05:30 PM )
Price Adults: 1,500 JPY
Child: 600 JPY
Address Hakone Glass Museum, 940-48 Sengokuhara Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-86-3111
Website http://www.ciao3.com/info/english/index.html


Hakone Sightseeing Cruises

Sightseeing Hakone and Lake Ashi on a pirate ship
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:30 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Price Adults: 360 JPY
Child: 180 JPY
Address Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi, Motohakone, 6−40箱根観光船 See map
Telephone 0460-83-7722
Website http://www.hakone-kankosen.co.jp/foreign/en/index.html


Hakone Komagatake Ropeway

A 7 minute ride through the sky with a huge panorama of Mt. Fuji and Suruga Bay below you
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Business Hours Starts 9:10am(both directions)Ends 4:30pm(ascent), 4:50pm(descent)
The ropeway operates every 20 minutes(during busy times every 10 minutes)
Price Adult:Round-trip 1080 yen One-way 640 yen
Child:Round-trip 540 yen One-way 330 yen
Address 箱根駒ケ岳ロープウェー,138 Motohakone Ashigarashimo District Kanagawa Prefecture See map
Telephone 0460-83-6473


Hakone Museum of Art

The beautiful museum of art with a garden boasting its fall foliage
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Business Hours Monday ( 09:30 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Tuesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Wednesday ( 09:30 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Friday ( 09:30 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Saturday ( 09:30 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Sunday ( 09:30 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Price Adults: 900 JPY
Child: FREE
Address 箱根美術館, 1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-82-2623
Website http://www.moaart.or.jp/hakone/en/index.html


Hakone Gora Park

Celebrating its 100th anniversary! Asia’s No. 1 rock garden.
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 550 JPY
Child: FREE
Address 箱根強羅公園, Gora Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-82-2825
Website http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/gorapark/common/pdf/foreign.pdf


Onshi-Hakone Park

Once a place to welcome VIPs, the view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi is first-rate
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price FREE
Address Onshihakone Park, 171 Motohakone Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-83-7484
Website http://www.kanagawa-park.or.jp/onsisite/pdf/onsi_english.pdf


Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s three holy mountains. No shrine in Japan is closer to the Gods than the shrine at the peak of Mount Fuji
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Business Hours The climbing season for Mt. Fuji is from early July to mid September. In other periods and during the snow season, climbing Mt. Fuji is prohibited. The opening and closing times vary from trail to trail.
Price FREE
Address Kitayama Fujinomiya-shi Shizuoka See map
Website http://www.fujisan-climb.jp/en/index.html


Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands

The ideal location for taking a walk against the scenery of Sengokuhara
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

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Winter(Dec. 1st - Mar. 19th)
Price Adults: 700 YEN
Child: 400 YEN
Address Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, 817 Sengokuhara Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-84-7293
Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakone_Botanical_Garden_of_Wetlands


Hakone Sekisho

Time travel to the Edo Era! The appearance of the Hakone sekisho from those days revived.
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

From December 1st to the last day in February, the hours go to 4:30pm
Price Adults: 500 YEN
Child: 250 YEN
※General Admission on weekends for Elementary and Junior High School students is free.
Address Hakone 1 Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-83-6635
Website http://www.hakonesekisyo.jp/english/index.html


Owakudani

Steam vents of Mt. Hakone can be seen all over the valley Owakudani
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price FREE
Address Owakudani Hot Spring, 1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-84-9605
Website http://www.owakudani.com/index_e


Pola Museum of Art

An unique private art gallery built in harmony with the scenery of the national park
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 1,800 JPY
Child: 700 JPY
Address Pola Museum of Art, Sengokuhara Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture See map
Telephone 0460-84-2111
Website http://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/


Sengokubara

In autumn, the plains of Sengokuhara turn gold
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Price FREE
Address Sengokuhara Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa See map
Telephone 0460-85-5700
Website http://www.hakone.or.jp/en/?p=565&sarea=%E4%BB%99%E7%9F%B3%E5%8E%9F


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