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Hakone, a Guide to the sights and what to do in this beautiful volcanic area of mountains, vistas, and hot springs.



The Museums of Hakone

Some of the best museums in Japan can be found in Hakone.   Not only are the museums there good, but the variety of what you can see spans art, history and even fantasy.              Read More

The Hot Spring Baths  of Hakone Yumoto

Many indoor and   outdoor baths. To get there take the free  shuttle bus from the bridge near Yumoto Station.

This whole area is part of a national park, which is south of Tokyo. It is famous for its beauty, hot springs, and the many interesting volcanic things you can see and do. It is a great break from Tokyo! Read More

The 5 Best Hot Springs for Families in or near Hakone

#1 on the list of the 5 best hot springs for families is…….

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun:
In my opinion, this is the best hot spring in or near Hakone. It is hands down the best hot spring for families with children.
We took our own kids here and it was a blast!  5 Best Hot Springs in Hakone for Families

Gora in Hakone

Is an onsen resort near the top of Soun-zan Mountain. It is in the center of the area. It is a pretty area with resorts and hotels.

Hakone Bijutskukan (Art Museum)Tel 0460-2-2623It is 3 minutes by cable car from Gora Station to Koen-ue. It has a great collection of Japanese and Chinese ceramics. Plus the surrounding grounds are covered in moss and Japanese maples. A truly Japanese experience. An interesting Japanese bamboo grove also surrounds the museum.

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Pictured: Owakudani



Owakudani is a very beautiful, and mystical spot in Hakone. Its name literally means “Great Boiling Valley.”

Want a black egg? You can have one here at this place of ancient volcanic vents and hot springs. The water is hot enough to boil an egg. If you eat one, it is believed you will live seven years longer!  Owakudani


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Is 40 minutes by bus from Yumoto. It is a beautiful area of large trees and lakeside. There are some interesting shops and good restaurants with lake views. Gongen (Shrine) is a famous site with it`s red torii gate, which is actually in Lake Ashi. It frequently appears in photographs in books on Japan. This shrine was founded in 757. Read More

The 5 Best Hakone Gardens

Hakone volcano has produced caldera and hot springs since the first explosion of about

3,000 years ago. Hakone is like a huge garden itself and designated Fuji-Hakone-Izu National

Park in 1936.

In Hakone, you can find many beautiful gardens. Since Hakone Tozan Railroad had been laid in early 1900’s, top classed business leaders and great novelists had summer villas here.

In winter, people visit Hakone for Onsen(hot springs). Some traditional Ryokan(Japanese style hotel) and museums have beautiful gardens.

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