While Hakone is famous and deservedly so, many places in Japan are underrated. Minamiashigara is one of those places. Even Tokyo people don’t know Minamiashigara. They think of Ashigaragun- which is the area, but doesn’t really mean Minamiashigara.
There are many places to see in Minamiashigara, most of which are written about at I am Hakone. Here are a few more.
Ashigaratoge or Ashigara Pass (in English) is a beautiful area for a drive or long walk.
Minamiashigara Sports Park is a great place to take the kids for a few hours of fun. Take a ball or enjoy the very fun playground they have there. It is also a favorite of flower lovers. You need a car or taxi though you can probably take a bus here too.