Hakone is located at the foot of Mount Fuji, on the grounds of the Japanese National Park Fuji-Hakone-Izu.
From my trip to Japan, I remembered the city of Hakone especially. Probably because I felt a special bond with nature there. Although for tourists, mostly the breathtaking nature and the stunning view to Mount Fuji is a reason to visit Hakone, the main reason for the Japanese are the hot spring baths. I visited Hakone in mid-November. The autumn break was clearly noticeable. Although maybe December would be the ideal month to see the colorful autumnal mood of the forest. I spent two days in Hakone and I think that is long enough to get a picture of the beautiful surroundings.
I was fortunate to be a guest of my Japanese friend Sayaka and explore the area by car. However, if you travel by train, the best way to reach Shakuku is by taking the Odakyu Limited Express Romancecar for about 75 minutes to Hakone.
What to do in Hakone, Japan?
1 Lake Ashi
Visit the Hakone Shrine. It is a Japanese Shinto shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi in the Japanese city of Hakone. Then enjoy the view of Mount Fuji from the perspective of the pirate boat while cruising on lake Ashi with Hakone Kankosen.
2 Hakone Tozan-Train
A ride on the Hakone Tozan Railway, Japan’s oldest mountain railway, is a real treat for fans. The small trains drive through a narrow, densely wooded valley, over many bridges and tunnels, stopping at small train stations.
The Hakone Tozan Railway is the oldest mountain railway in Japan and is a real treat. The best train from Hakone-Yumoto to Gora. In Gora, many travelers change to the cable car to Ashi Lake.
3 Hot Spring
Visitors can enjoy a hot spring bath in public bathhouses or ryokan. Many ryokan open their baths also to daytime visitors. Daytime visitors pay an admission fee of between 500 and 2000 yen. Hotel visitors have free admission.
The Owakudani area is located around a crater that was created by the last eruption of Mount Hakone 3,000 years ago.
From the cable car station, a short 10-minute walk leads to a series of steam vents and bubbling pools. Through the first short crater, this is a walk. Nevertheless, the legendary black eggs can be bought. These were cooked in natural hot water. Be seven years old by the sulfur. By eating these eggs, one should prolong life after Japanese history.
5 Ancient Cedar Avenue
Cedar avenue of Hakone Old Tokaido Road is a great historic pass located in Hakone on the side of Lake Ashi. About 500m between Motohakone town to Onshi-Hakone Park, there is a beautiful Cedar ave. The 400 Cedar trees were planted in 1618. Even if they are over 400 years old, they still remains the great view of Tokaido as it was used to be.
6 Openair Museum
The Open Air Museum creates a link between art and nature. It shows among other works also works by Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso and Nikki de Saint-Phalle.