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Hakone (Japan)

Practical information on Hakone

  • Relaxation
  • Lake
  • Art & Culture
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
One and a half hours by train from Tokyo
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Hakone

Catherine Derieux Seasoned Traveller
8 written opinions

Hakone is renowned for its beautiful lake, the view it offers on Mount Fuji, as well as for its onsens, the natural hot springs that are caused by the volcanic activity of the region.

My suggestion:
Choose the Hakone Freepass and save on transportation. They are valid for 2 or 3 days and can be bought in any station on the Odakyu Line. They give you access to the many different means of transport of the area. Essential!
My review

The most beautiful getaway during my stay in Japan! There's no time to get bored to Hakone, there is so much to see… and to taste! Like hydrangea ice cream, of a pretty, soft purple colour.

Less attractive are the black eggs cooked in the fumaroles of Owakudani. They are supposed to extend the life of the person who eats them by seven years. Personally, seeing all the signs warning visitors about the harmful gases, I preferred to abstain.

Then enjoy the view from the cable car and cross Lake Ashi in… a pirate boat! Hakone is truly surprising. On the other hand, avoid the pedal boats, which are dear and dilapidated and go to the red tori on foot instead. The highlight of the visit: the magnificent sanctuary nestled in the heart of the forest.

Tours and travel ideas Hakone

  • Highlights
Hidden gems of Japan for families
Length 9 days Approx. $1,400
  • Boutique travel
Honeymoon in The Land of the Rising Sun
Length 13 days Approx. $2,300
  • Highlights
Best of Japan
Length 10 days Approx. $2,100
  • Off the beaten track
Sushi, sake and sumo experience
Length 9 days Approx. $1,950
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