Top areas in Hakone
Located about three hours to the west of Tokyo, Hakone is a beautiful city of mountains, lakes, and relaxing hot springs. The small city doesn’t have its own airport, so the best access for international visitors is to fly into Narita Airport and take a train to Owakudani Train Station.
Because of the area’s mountainous landscape, hiking is a popular way of enjoying the elements while also trying to get views of Mount Fuji. After a long hike, perhaps take advantage of what many of the hotels in Hakone feature - the ever-popular Japanese activity of soaking in a therapeutic hot springs bath. The Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is a favorite destination for experiencing these baths, and the place offers exciting options such as a very unique sake bath, as well as many other creative varieties.
On the picturesque Ashinoko Lake can be found the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, a very popular destination for people who visit this area. The active volcanic activity makes it a great draw for hot springs and spas, which is a very popular activity in this region. A visit to a hot springs bath found in this area, while enjoying stunning views of Mount Fuji, is the ideal and typical experience.
There are many museums in Hakone, but the Hakone Open-Air Museum is an art and nature lover’s dream, offering stunning artworks and sculptures in an open-air setting. In a region that is famous for its unique air and stunning natural landscapes, walking around a park-like structure full of art work is a great way to spend a relaxing day.
Find out where more of the hotels, attractions, and must-see destinations of Hakone are located by exploring the interactive map on this page.