Hakone (箱根町) is a mountainous town west of Tokyo in Kanagawa, Japan. As of 2019, Hakone had a population of approximately 11,200 people.
Hakone is an extremely popular getaway spot for the people of Tokyo and international tourists, famous for its hot springs, proximity to Mt. Fuji, hiking, geological activity, numerous museums, and places of natural beauty. While most of the best can be seen as a full day trip from Tokyo with an early morning start, there is enough there for 2 days, or more if you wish to leisurely enjoy the hot springs as well. Some combine seeing Hakone with also seeing the Fuji Five Lakes or Kamakura, though it would be impossible to cram either of these paired sights into a single day.
Hakone can have a lot of people visiting in the warmer months on weekends. If possible, a weekday visit would be a lot more enjoyable.
The Hakone checkpoint on the historical Tokaido Road marks the beginning of the Kanto region.
The nearest airports to Hakone are in Tokyo. Note that if you have a reservation at a ryokan (Japanese inn) in Hakone, unless your plane lands in the morning, it is recommended that you spend your first evening in Tokyo or Yokohama, or else you might miss out on (and be charged for) dinner at the ryokan, or worse, you may be locked out of (and be charged for) your room at the ryokan's curfew time, if there is one.
Allow about 2½ to 3 hours to reach Hakone from Narita Airport by train, and about 1½ to 2 hours from Haneda Airport.
There are 2 ways to get to Hakone by train from Tokyo, all the way from Shinjuku by an Odakyu train, or by a JR train down to Odawara and then by an Odakyu train to Hakone-Yumoto, or further up either to Gōra or by bus to Motohakone.
There are several money saving passes that foreign tourists can use to get to Hakone, if touring the area. The Odakyu Hakone Free Pass includes a return trip from Odawara, Mishima, or Shinjuku and allows unlimited use of all the forms of transport in Hakone for 2 or 3 days. In addition, pass holders can receive discounts at many hot springs, museums, restaurants, and other locations by showing their pass. Another option for those also seeing the Fuji Five Lakes is the Fuji-Hakone Pass, taking Odakyu trains from Shinjuku to Hakone and buses from the Five Lakes back to Tokyo (or vice-versa). A third pass that combines Hakone and Kamakura is the 3-day Hakone-Kamakura Pass.
For the Hakone Free Pass, the 2-day pass costs ¥5700 from Shinjuku and ¥4600 from Odawara. A 3-day pass can be purchased for an extra ¥400. Additionally, if you have a Free Pass from Shinjuku you can use the Romance Car Limited Express train by paying a surcharge of ¥1110 each way. Holders of the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Rail Passes should travel to Odawara station by JR using the methods described below, and pay for the Free Pass from Odawara.
The fastest and most expensive method of reaching Hakone from Tokyo is to take a Tokaido Shinkansen Kodama (こだま) or Hikari (ひかり) train from Tokyo to Odawara, then transfer to the Hakone-Tozan Line for the run to Hakone-Yumoto (trains operated by Odakyu Railway). The one-way ride lasts one hour with a good connection, and costs ¥3280 (adult unreserved seat), but if you use the Japan Rail Pass, you need only to pay ¥320 for the 15-minute Hakone-Tozan train ride.
Be aware that the JR East Rail Passes do not allow you to take the Tokaido Shinkansen and to make use of this pass you will need to ride the regular Tokaido Main Line to Odawara. From Tokyo, a convenient choice that is valid with the JR East Pass is the "Odoriko" and "Shonan" limited express train service. These trains have bigger windows and better seating than the regular commuter trains, and seat reservations can be made. There are at least four daily runs, arriving in Odawara one hour later; there may also be additional runs on certain days. All trains make a stop at Yokohama, while a few also stop at Shinagawa and Kawasaki stations.
You also have the option of boarding comfortable Green Car seats on regular JR commuter train runs for an extra ¥1000 on weekdays, 800 on weekends/holidays, and on the train itself for an additional ¥250 surcharge . These seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can purchase light snacks and drinks at your seat. You should purchase a Green Car fare ticket prior to boarding, which is done electronically using a Suica or other IC card: Once you purchase the Green Car fare from a special machine, you wave the IC card over the seat that you wish to sit in and the light above you will turn from red to green. Holders of the Green Car Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass can use these seats at no additional charge, and with no fare tickets required: simply board a train with a Green Car, show your Green Car pass to the attendant and inform him/her of your destination.
Without any sort of JR pass, the regular fare from Tokyo to Odawara is ¥1520 (additional for the Green Car); the trip takes about 80 minutes. The limited express fare is ¥2540.
The affordable method of reaching Hakone from Tokyo is to take the Odakyu Odawara Line from Shinjuku station. The fastest train on the Odakyu Line is the Hakone Limited Express train (特急 tokkyū), which runs twice an hour for most of the day. The 90-minute journey makes only two stops en route and costs ¥2330. Note that some trains, called Super Hakone (スーパーはこね), use newer train equipment, while evening rush hour runs from Shinjuku are called Home Way or Shonan. The slower Odakyu express train (急行 kyūkō) runs twice an hour at a cost of only ¥1220, reaching Hakone in two hours.
South of the region, travelers can catch a bus to Hakone from Mishima, or by train from Nagoya via Odawara takes 2½ hrs, and from Kyoto, 3 hrs.
Pirate ship on Lake Ashi (Ashinoko
Hakone is, comparatively speaking, one of the most convenient and enjoyable places to get around, with several different ways which make the journey as well as the destinations enjoyable. The most common way to see the sights is the Loop Course, going either clockwise or counterclockwise using the methods below. Be aware however that those only seeing a few sights or museums may not break even on one of the Odakyu passes to see the area.
Modes of transport in the Hakone region are many and varied. Your options include:
- The scenic Hakone-Tozan Line mountain railway from Odawara to Gora via Hakone-Yumoto. This line can be crowded with limited views. Bus or car might be a better option as it can be overflowing with tour groups at busy times. That said, the scenery in June passing countless hydrangea flowers in bloom is simply spectacular.
- The Hakone-Tozan Cablecar up the mountainside from Gora to Sounzan
- The Hakone Ropeway from Sounzan down to Togendai on Lake Ashinoko via the boiling sulphur pits of Owakudani. After several years of being closed due to poisonous gas emissions, the area is open again, but could close at any time - checking ahead of time would be prudent. On a clear day there is an excellent view of Mt Fuji on this section
- The Hakone Sightseeing Ships, decked out like Disneyland versions of pirate ships, sailing across the lake from Togendai to Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi
- And positively dull in comparison, the Hakone Tozan Bus back to Hakone-Yumoto or Odawara
Portions of the above circuit may close for a short period of time in the winter for maintenance, but shuttle buses replace the closed services, so this won't ruin your trip.
Something's cooking at Owakudani
The volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, centered around Lake Ashinoko, is a popular tourist attraction well known for its onsen (hot springs) and its views of Mount Fuji.
- Owakudani (大涌谷) Literally meaning the "Great Boiling Valley", this is a volcanic hot spot full of sulfurous springs. Owakudani can be reached by cablecar from Sounzan and the lake. Due to volcanic gases, the walking and hiking trails around Owakudani were closed for several years, but are open again. This could always change however, so check before leaving. People with respiratory problems should avoid the area due to the volcanic gases.
- Gora Park (箱根強羅公園), 1300 Gora, Hakone, ☎ 046-082-2825, . 9AM–5PM. A beautiful flower garden and fountain with various flowers in bloom most of the year (check website for best times). ¥550. edit
- Hakone Open Air Museum (彫刻の森美術館), 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone, ☎ 046-082-1161, . 9AM–5PM. Displays a wide variety of sculptures and artwork within a beautiful parkland setting. Includes a Picasso exhibition (paintings and pottery). ¥1600, ¥200 discount for Free Pass holders, ¥100 online coupon. edit
- Dogashima Gorge (堂ヶ島渓谷), 558 Sokokura, Hakone. A narrow and beautiful river gorge completely ignored by the day tripping masses, and makes a peaceful walk courtesy of a volcanic eruption 4 million years ago. Especially nice in November for the autumn colors. Free. edit
- Kowakidani Horaien Gardens (小涌谷蓬莱園), Kowakudani, Hakone, ☎ 046-082-2231. 8AM-9PM. An attractive and still mostly unknown garden going back to the early 20th century, created as a summer villa garden of the famous Mitsui family. Especially nice for the azaleas from late April and the autumn colors in November. Free. edit
- Chisuji Falls (千条の滝), Kowakudani, Hakone. This is one of the hidden gems of Hakone and largely free of the tourist mobs. A quiet forest hike of a few minutes brings you to this green and attractive waterfall. Free. edit
- Okada Museum of Art (岡田美術館), 493-1 Kowakudani, Hakone, ☎ 046-087-3931, . 9AM–5PM. Exhibits a wide variety of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean works or art, including paintings, ceramics, metal works, lacquerware, and religious art. There is also a quiet and beautiful garden. ¥2800. edit
- Hakone Meissen Antique Museum (箱根マイセンアンティーク美術館), 1320-653 Gora, Hakone, ☎ 046-083-8855 (fax: 046-083-8856), . 9AM–5:30PM. Exhibits over 1000 items on display, such as old Meissen porcelain pieces and European antique china. ¥1600. edit
- Hakone Shrine (箱根神社), 80-1 Motohakone, Hakone, ☎ 046-083-7123, . 9AM–4PM. Nestled on the southeast shore of the lake is a picturesque Shinto shrine with its torii gate in the water — if you are looking for the place that it is the icon of Hakone, this is the place. The shrine is sometimes covered in mist, giving it a surreal quality, and the forest walk to the main shrine is very nice. Free. edit
- Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖 Ashinoko) offers beautiful views of Mount Fuji but only on a clear day. As many tourists have found out, a visit to Ashinoko does not guarantee a view of the mountain (and the Fuji Five Lakes has a much closer view). The lake is crisscrossed by decorated "pirate ships" (¥2220 r/t, ¥1200 o/w) on a 25-minute lake cruise.
- Hakone Tokaido Checkpoint (箱根関所), 1 Hakone, ☎ 046-083-6635, . 9AM–5PM. This is a recreated checkpoint of the shogunate, completed in 2007, that gives a very good idea of how people going to and from Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) were scrutinized, and reflects the iron grip the shogun held on the country. You can see the gates, horse stalls, fence, quarters, stockade, watchtower, and even the toilet. You can also climb a hill for a good view of the area and Mt. Fuji. ¥500. edit
- Onshi-Hakone Park (神奈川県立恩賜箱根公園), 171 Motohakone, Hakone, ☎ 046-083-7484, . This park began as a summer villa and garden for Japan's Imperial family, and it was completed in 1886. After heavy damage from earthquakes, the villa was given to the prefecture and today you can walk through its nice gardens with views of Ashinoko, as well as the villa to experience some history. Free. edit
- Hakonejinja Mototsumiya (箱根元宮) is a Shinto shrine located on the summit of Mount Komagatake. It is a 2 hour hike from Owakudani, or can be accessed from the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway (箱根駒ヶ岳ロープウェー 9AM-4:50PM, ¥1600 r/t, ¥1000 o/w) halfway down Lake Ashi's east side. Offers scenic views of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji. The Hakone Free Pass does not cover the ropeway, though you can get a 10% discount with it.
Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands
- Choanji (長安寺), 82 Sengokuhara, Hakone, ☎ 046-084-8187, . This temple is the secret jewel of Hakone, with a spectacular garden and koi pond, a whole mountainside of over 200 rakan statues looking at you appearing about to talk, and a surreal cemetery. Particularly nice in November for the autumn leaves. And it is free. edit
- Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands (箱根湿生花園 ''Hakone Shisseikaen''), 817 Sengokuhara, Hakone, ☎ 046-084-7293, . 9AM–5PM, Closed Dec to Mar 19. One of the most beautiful yet least crowded places in Hakone (so far), established in 1976 with over a thousand species of wild herbaceous and woody plants. Exhibits 4 different types of wetlands: marsh, bog, fen, and swamp. Especially beautiful from late spring and summer. ¥700. edit
- Venetian Glass Museum (箱根ガラスの森美術館), 940-48 Sengokuhara, Hakone, ☎ 046-086-3111, . 10AM–5:30PM. Also known as the "Glass no Mori" or "Glass Forest", this museum and garden features over 100 types of Venetian glass, both traditional and modern, including drinking glasses, vases, ornaments, lamps and glass decorative works. The garden outside also has a nice pond, gorgeous hydrangea in late June, and more glass decorations. ¥1800. edit
- Sengokuhara Susuki Grass Fields (仙石原すすき草原 ''Sengokuhara Susuki Kusahara''), Sengokuhara, Hakone, ☎ 046-085-7410, . While this pampas grass field looks nice in the summer with a verdant green, it is most popular in early November when it turns into countless shades of yellow and gold, and many locals go to visit. The top of the slope where the grass grows also has nice views over the area. Free. edit
- Pola Museum of Art (ポーラ美術館), 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone, . 9AM–5PM Closed Wed-Fri. Features Japanese and European art works including paintings, ceramic art, sculptures, and glass art, including works from famous artists like Renoir, Monet, and Picasso. The museum also offers its 670m Art Nature Trail, giving a 30-40 minute walk among wild birds and centuries old beech and himesyara stewartia trees. ¥1800, ¥200 off with Free Pass. edit
No trip to Hakone would be complete without a dip at a Japanese hot spring (onsen). If you're staying overnight, your lodgings may include bathing facilities, but if not, many hotels open up their baths to visitors for around ¥500 or so. Be advised that many onsen do not permit guests if they have large tattoos (such as large designs on the chest / back) that cannot be easily concealed. Some onsen and hotels offer private baths so that guests with these tattoos can still enjoy a soak. It's always best to contact the location to understand their policy.
- Tenzan Onsen (天山湯治郷), 208 Chaya, Hakone-Yumoto, ☎ 046-086-4126, . 11AM-8PM. Large, popular hot spring operation with indoor and outdoor baths, sauna, etc. Free shuttle bus from outside the bus station. You can also reach it with the K bus to the Oku Yumoto Iriguchi stop. ¥1300 adt/650 chd. edit
- Hakone Kowakien Yunessun (ユネッサン), Hakone-machi, 1297 Ninotaira, . Indoor complex featuring rapids, dead sea style salt baths and jacuzzis, while the outdoor area offers waterfalls, rocks and a water slide. The popular outdoor relaxation section includes a renowned sake bath, as well as coffee, green tea and wine baths. Mori No Yu is a traditional onsen style Japanese spring located in the same complex. Open from March to October 9AM-7PM daily. ¥3500/1800 adult/child.
- Forest Adventure Hakone (フォレストアドベンチャー・箱根), 749-1 Yumoto, Hakone, ☎ 080-4219-2206, . 9AM–3PM. An adventure park with zip lines, wall climbing, trampolines, and other outdoor activities. edit
- Hiking, . The area has some nice hiking trails. The national park website has an up to date list of hikes and their current status . The visitor's center in Togendai also has a model of the area including many of the hikes around the Lake Ashi. For example there is a hike from Togendai to Owakudani and from there to Mt. Komagatake passing the peaks of Mt. Kanmurigatake and Mt. Kami. From Mt. Komagatake take the cable car down and the bus back to Togendai (beware: last cable car leaves Mt. Komagatake at 16:50). The hike takes between 2-3 hours and covers quite a difference in altitude. Sturdy shoes are definitely helpful but not necessary. edit
- Te no Yu Bathhouse, 555 Sokokura, Hakone (From Miyanoshita Stn, walk NE past the bridge to a giant ''onsen'' with flights of stairs on your left), ☎ 046-086-1026, . 11AM-7PM:00 weekdays, 11AM-8PM weekends. One of the more quiet (and thankfully less crowded) onsens in Hakone, this bathhouse has an incredible outdoor section with a great view of the Hakone countryside and several choices of small outdoor baths. This one is definitely for the ones searching for the peaceful, relaxing, Japanese countryside onsen that people fantasize about. The facilities are top notch, very clean, and also includes a dining hall that serves a delicious hotpot udon. ¥1200 weekdays, ¥1600 weekends. edit
- Kosui matsuri/ fireworks, Lake Ashi and Moto-hakone lakeside. Kosui matsuri fireworks festival, usually taken places at Hakone shrine in the end of July. With 4000 of the launch fireworks and underwater fireworks , hundreds of lanterns are swept away to the sea and make the summer nights gorgeous. Also, you can fully enjoy of festive atmoosphere, with local Taiko drumming and more. edit
- Kuro Tamago (黒たまご) Try the black eggs at Owakudani. Boiled on site, their shells are a mottled black due to a chemical reaction with the sulphurous water, but the inside is quite tasty. According to Japanese legend, every one you eat will add seven years to your life. 5 eggs (and hence 35 years) will set you back just ¥500.
- If you've been in Japan for a while and miss the taste of a warm brownie, try the mountain brownies at Sagamiya. The shop is a few steps away from the tourist information center, right in front of the bus stops. You can't miss the smell, as they are made on site.
- Gora Brewery and Grill (ゴウラ ブリュワリーアンドグリル), 1300-72 Gora, Hakone, ☎ 050-5461-3081, . 1–9PM. A brewpub with four kinds of beer and ale, as well as steak, sushi, and deep fried foods. Happy hour 1PM-4PM. ¥. edit
- Hakone Brewery is a locally produced craft beer and worth a drink if you spot some.
Hakone has many onsen ryokan, traditional Japanese inns featuring hot springs. Facilities vary widely, although prices are generally somewhat elevated (especially on weekends) due to the proximity of Tokyo. Note that many Japanese hotels charge per person, not per room.
- Kappa-tengoku (かっぱ天国), 777 Yumoto, Hakone-machi (2 minutes on foot from Hakone-Yumoto station), ☎ 046-085-6121, . A well-located if slowly crumbling cheap inn, featuring large open-air baths on the roof. Meals are optional and run ¥1470 for dinner and ¥840 for breakfast. The staff is very welcoming and helpful. You can also leave your luggage there before check-in and after check-out for free. You get more than what you pay for at this ryokan with the Japanese-style accommodations, all natural open-air baths, and good service. ¥5250~. edit
- B&B Pension Hakone, 1297 Ninotaira (20 min from Yumoto Stn by Izu Hakone Bus bound for Kojiri & Hakone-en. Get off at Verde no Mori, and the hotel is a 5 min walk.), ☎ 046-087-7800 (fax: 046-082-4136), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 10AM. A dormitory-style hotel in Hakone with an onsen where you can stay. They may try to overcharge, so make sure you stay firm on the price. The accommodations are a bit grungy, but they serve fresh baked bread in the morning. ¥3000. edit
- Hotel Suimeisou (箱根水明荘), 702 Yumoto (3 minutes on foot from Hakone-Yumoto station), ☎ 046-085-5381 ([email protected], fax: 0460-85-6628), . checkin: 3PM-10PM; checkout: 10AM. This delightful Japanese style hotel is well-run. The main branch has 31 Japanese-style rooms. 12 Western style single rooms with private bath are available at the annex across the street. There is free WiFi in the lobby, 24 hour natural spa baths (separated by gender) and a public open-air spa bath. Private open-air hot spring baths are available. Japanese banquet rooms, bar with a karaoke machine, karaoke rooms, meeting rooms, souvenir shop are available. Single Western Room starts at ¥7250, Japanese Room rates are per person, room with breakfast ¥10,260 per person, room with dinner and breakfast ¥15,120 per person.. edit
- Guesthouse Hakone Tent, 1320-257, Gora (3 minutes on foot from Gora Stn), ☎ 046-083-8021 ([email protected], fax: 046-083-8021), . checkin: 3PM-8PM; checkout: 10AM. Opened in June 2014. It's easy to get to Owakudani and Open Air Museum. 24h natural onsen (Tattoos OK), Good location, Free wi-fi, bar, cheap price, Japanese style room, modern interior. Male dorm and female dorm ¥3,500/1 person,Private single room ¥4,000/1 room,Private twin/double room ¥9,000/1 room,Private triple room ¥13,500/1 room.. edit
- Fuji Hakone Guest House, 912 Sengokuhara, ☎ 046-084-6577 ([email protected], fax: 046-084-6578), . Very well located guest house popular with both Japanese and foreigners. Comfortable Japanese style rooms and breakfast are available as is a natural hot spring bath. Staff speak English, and the owners, the Takahashis, are happy to offer sightseeing advice. edit
- Hotel Okuyumoto, 211 Yumoto Chaya, ☎ 046-085-6271, . Featuring Open-air baths beside a mountain stream, offers mostly Japanese style tatami rooms but also has some Western style rooms. edit
- Hotel Okada, 191 Yumoto Chaya, ☎ 046-085-6000, . With 117 rooms, and 5 natural spring sources, Hotel Okada offers western, fusion and Japanese style tatami rooms. edit
- Hotel Nanpuso, Yumoto chaya 179, ☎ 046-085-5505, . Popular for its spa and ladies esthetic salon, Nanpuso offers mainly Japanese style 'tatami' rooms. edit
- Hotel Senkei (ホテル仙景), 592 Yumoto Hakone (10 min walk from Hakone-Yumoto Stn), ☎ 046-085-5500 ([email protected], fax: 046-085-7765), . checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 10AM. A ryokan designed in a Japanese Inn style. Offers excellent hot springs and an open-air bath is provided in each room. edit
- Hakone Hotel Kowakien (箱根ホテル小涌園), 1297 Ninotaira Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0407 Japan (20 minutes from Yumoto Station by Izu Hkone Bus bound for Kojiri & Hakone-en.), ☎ 046-082-4111 (fax: 046-082-4123), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. It is a resort hotel surrounded by nature in Hakone. The rooms vary from Japanese style, European style to Japanese-European style. There are open-air onsen so you can enjoy the bath and the view of nature. Restaurant is a smorgasbord style with European style meal, Japanese style meal, iron plate grills and so on. For guests who are not used to travel around Japan, there are many rooms, onsen, restaurants and other facilities so guests can enjoy the stay with no worries. edit
- Ryokan Kiritani Hakoneso (旅館桐谷箱根荘), 1320-598, Gora, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimogun, Kamigawa (about 15 minutes on foot from Gora Station), ☎ 046-082-2246 ([email protected], fax: 046-082-1753), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 10AM. A Japanese ryokan. Includes public and private (family room) natural hot spring bath. Quiet and surrounded by nature. Provides Japanese cuisine with seasonal, fresh ingredients. Run by the Kiritani Family who are friendly and eager to show foreigners about Japanese culture. Japanese-style tatami rooms from ¥10000 per person including breakfast and dinner. edit
- Hakone Onsen Lalaca Hotel, 1320-270 Gora, Hakone, ☎ 0460-86-0777, . This hotel has 8 rooms, which a range occupancy from 1 to 5 people, breakfast and dinner included in all rates, hot spring services available for all guests; enjoy brown cookies and tea service in every room. With indoor as well as outdoor rotenburo baths. ¥28,000~. edit
- Fujiya Hotel, 359 Miyanoshita, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa-ken 250-0, ☎ 0460-82-2211, . Japan's first Western-style hotel, it was inspired by Victorian American hostelry, but it has an English feel to it. The Fujiya has its own onsen, koi pond, and gardens. With a choice between the Japanese and Western breakfasts, go for the Japanese, with little portions of fish and vegetables. Although expensive, get the rate with the meals included, as there are few other options for dining in the area. ¥40,000~. edit
- Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa, 1320 Gora Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, ☎ 0460-82-2000 ([email protected]), . The hotel has 56-60 sq m guestrooms with large bathrooms and attracts both leisure and business travelers who are looking for a retreat from the city in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. ¥39,000~. edit
- Taiseikan, ☎ 046-082-2281 ([email protected]), . A traditional ryokan in a private river valley. The ryokan has a funicular that brings you down into the grounds from Miyanoshita. Dinner and breakfast are served in room. The ryokan has two indoor hot springs and two outdoor hot springs. Gender assignments are swapped twice daily so guests can try all of the onsen. One of the outdoor springs has a view over the river valley (screens are set up when this spring is assigned to women). There is also a foot bath and a private outdoor onsen in a cypress shed. edit
- Gōra Kadan (強羅花壇), 1300 Gōra, Hakone Ashigarashimogun, ☎ 046-082-3331 ([email protected]), . This Relais Chateaux hotel has 37 guestrooms with large bathrooms. The hotel itself is styled after a ryokan, but boasts many more services including a pool, amazingly designed rooms and a spa. All that luxury doesn't come cheap, however. ¥110,000~. edit
For the latest info on events and sights, contact the [https://hakone-japan.com/ Hakone General Tourist Information Desk (箱根町総合観光案内所 Hakone Sogo Kanko Annaijo).
- Fuji Five Lakes - For even better views of Mt Fuji, and the 5 iconic lakes in the region.
- Atami - Seaside hot spring resort a short hop away.
- Mishima - It is nicknamed city of water in Japan with fountain of meltwater from Mt. Fuji. It is also famous for its Mishima Taisha shrine.
- Ito - An active city on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, with hot springs, museums, beaches, Mt. Omuro and the rugged Jogasaki Coast.
- Izu - Home of famous hot springs of Shuzenji that is nicknamed "Little Kyoto of the Izu Peninsula", and that has many tasteful ryokan inns with Japanese gardens.
- Shimoda - The southern city in Izu Peninsula, famous as the place Commodore Perry landed and helped end Japan's feudal isolation.
- Odawara — Houses the only Japanese castle in greater Tokyo area.