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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Hakone is a town of hot springs with a long history. You can enjoy looking at Mount Fuji while bathing in the hot springs surrounded by nature. Hakone offers hot springs for relaxing, skin beauty, curative qualities, and much more. So you can also choose a bath according to your purpose. There are numerous ways of enjoying Hakone, you can make it a day trip or decide to stay overnight at an inn.
Hakone, Ashigarashimo-gun Kanagawa
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An inviting hot springs area visited by nearly 20 million tourists every year

There are numerous ways to enjoy Hakone where the 25,000 tons of warm water that flows daily from hot springs tabs are supplied to spas, resort facilities and hot springs inns. Hakone features many tourist attractions in addition to the hot springs: You can take a ride on the mountain railway train, a gondola lift or a cable car for a magnificent view of Mount Fuji and the national park, or you could visit tourist facilities such as museums and gardens, or you could participate in various seasonal events. Hakone is a diverse region; since the atmosphere and tourist attractions largely differ among the various areas of Hakone, the characteristics of each area are introduced in the next section to enable you a well-planned tour of Hakone.

The charms of each Hakone hot springs area

Hakone Yumoto Area: This area is the entrance of Hakone. It is the oldest hot springs area in Hakone. Offering a variety of items including hot springs specialty steamed sweet buns and the local traditional wooden mosaic crafts, the souvenir shopping area in front of the Hakone Yumoto Station is perfect for browsing around to check out Japanese gifts. There are more than twenty hot springs inns that offer day plans in which you can casually enjoy bathing in hot springs baths without staying at the inn.

Miyanoshita/Kowakidani Area: This area developed as a resort area. There are many tourist attractions that represent Hakone including Fujiya Hotel, a registered tangible cultural property, and the hot springs theme park Hakone Kowakidani-en which boasts 100 indoor and outdoor baths. The approximately 66,000 square meters garden owned by an established Japanese style inn is great for taking a stroll in any season.

Goura Area: The center of tourism in Hakone. The area’s museums, parks and other facilities promise you a quiet, relaxing time in nature. The highlight of summer events in Hakone is the Daimonji Bonfire in which gigantic Chinese characters are depicted by flames on a mountain slope to soothe and send off spirits that are related collectively, whether directly or indirectly. Home of 46 hot springs taps, there are many inns in Goura that pride themselves on great hot springs qualities. There are a number of premium inns that are geared toward serving adults.

Sengokuhara Area: This is the area in Hakone that is the closest to Mount Fuji. It is a highland resort full of art with many large museums including the Hakone Garasunomori Museum, the Museum of Le Petit Prince, and the Pola Museum of Art. In many of the inns of this area, you will be able to spend tranquil time where the only sounds you here will be those of nature.

Ashinoko Area: This is the place for enjoying outdoor activities such as excursion boat rides, water skiing, fishing, camping and much more. Enjoy the area’s nature and history by, for example, taking a ride on a cable car to the peak of Mount Komagatake or visiting the Hakone Shrine. In this area, there are many inns that enable you to relax comfortably after a full day of touring.

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9 years ago
One of the best for hot springs!
Hakone is one of the best places I have been to in Japan as far as hot springs go. After travelling all day, hiking up Owakudani, and having sulphur smell stuck in your nose, going back to Hakone village at night to dip in an onsen is the perfect end to the day. There are a variety of hot springs to choose from, but the one we went to (http://www.hakoneyuryo.jp/english/hotsprings/) had several terraced pools with a very natural/traditional setting under a canopy of trees. The village of Hakone itself compliments the hot springs well as the whole town is built on the side of a mountain with a stream running down the middle. All in all it makes for a very peaceful and relaxing end to the day. Highly recommend!
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