Enjoy Hakone's hot springs and proximity to Mount Fuji
The town of Hakone is an ideal location when looking for a break from Tokyo, as it is only a few hours from from the city. It is famous for views of nearby Mount Fuji, it's museums, nature and natural beauty. We suggest you spend a relaxing night or two at a traditional ryokan with onsen. This resort boasts many renowned hot springs, including a hot spring theme park! There is plenty to do in the area, with many attractions vying for your time. You could experience the atmospheric sulphurous vapours and warm rivers at Owakudani, admire the views of mesmerising Mount Fuji, from the pretty caldera Lake Ashinoko, or meditate at the Shinto, Hakone Shrine.
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Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Hakone.
Created 3,000 years ago when Kami-yama erupted and collapsed, hydrogen sulphide steams from the ground here and the hot water is used to boil onsen tamago, eggs blackened in the sulphurous waters, which you can buy to eat from the tourist shops beside the ropeway station. On rare occasions Owakudani might be closed due to volcanic activity.
The Hakone Ropeway is a 30-minute, 4km gondola ride, taking travellers to Togendai from Soun-zan. It glides over the steaming crater of Owakudani, one of the stops along the way. The ropeway is included on the Hakone Freepass.
A pleasant stroll around Ashino-ko follows a cedar-lined path to this shrine set in an idyllic grove, in Moto-Hakone. Its signature red torii rises from the lake; get your camera ready for that picture-perfect image.
A selection of tours to Hakone
Japan Group Tour Culture
Japan Golden Route
10 day tour from £3,299
This tour encompasses the classic Golden Route - Tokyo, Fuji and Kyoto
Japan Group Tour City
Japan and China
15 day tour from £3,898
An incredible two-centre tour combining the sights of Japan and China.
Japan Semi-Escorted City
9 day tour from £2,865
Discover the culture and landscape of this amazing country, with our nine day Classic Japan tour.
Japan Semi-Escorted Trekking
Japan Self-Drive Holiday
15 day tour from £3,499
Hiring a car to get around Japan is a fantastic way to explore the country, especially as they drive on the left.