Stores and most restaurants close too early. Would be nice to have more English translation on the train.
Difficult to find tourist brochures in English. Need more signs with English translation.
Hakone is a beautiful place with nature where you can see mountains, lakes and maple leaves (Autumn season) their transportation are slow but nice and calming.
It is a place for relaxation and get away from city life.
There are many hiking trails. We only stayed 2 nights so we only had time to visit Lake Ashi and hike around Hakone Sekicho.
There are many museums that would have been fun to visit and trails that we'd love to trek but didn't have time. There are other onsens there that are famous and great to visit and I would have gone if not for my tattoos (most onsens will refuse entry to tattooed people, but if your hotel has one, they of course won't refuse you unless they had explicitly stated it during the reservation stage).
We stayed at a ryokan. My wife and I enjoyed the scenery and the onsen. The cable car ride was interesting, but there really wasn't much to see other than the sulfur pits.
The general scenery of the town is very nice, from the small busy village that greets you as arrive, the lake with its pirate ships, to the natural surroundings which was lush and relaxing. I didn't really enjoy the touristy museums, but I loved the scenery and relaxed atmosphere in the small villages and ryokan.
hakone was a peaceful and relaxing place to visit. with numerous attraction and less people, it was a change from the hectic busy days in Tokyo
People are not so friendly specially the bus drivers. The last trip is only up to 9pm. Fares are so expensive.
Bought 2 day bus but was not good enough coz the last trip was only until 9pm.
Local there is super nice, we are lost at the hill side due to two hotels with same names by iPhone 6.
Luckily, we met this pretty lady from Garden Florist give us a lift to the hotel and she speak well english.
You really must see this place and recommend you stay two nights or at least give yourself time to experience all that it has to offer.
Impossible to see and do it all in one day.
Overall it's a nice hotspring city to visit to let you stay away from the hustle in the city yet enjoy some nice food and buys in some small shops.
It's a famous hot spring area. Very peaceful & comfortable to walk around the forest. It's quite dark at night, but no worry, Japan has the lowest crime rate in the world.
You're very safe.
Love this place! There is Gotemba Factory outlet nearby, you can see mt FUji on a clear day and plenty of sightseeing opportunity!
It is easy to drive around and the hotsprings are relaxing. It would be better to spend about 5 days stay so as to see and enjoy more around the place.
Loved Hakone! 1 day is not enough, would come back again and for longer stay for more relaxing experience!
Definitely a must visit if you are visiting Japan. If you travel between Tokyo-Kyoto, just stay here for a night, be sure to go early.
Check the shinkansen (bullet train) schedule if you are travelling on Sat/Sun/Holidays
Full of onset every corner that you turn. We were even able to soak our tired feet in a hot stone pool outside a shop for free! There are lots of food to try and taste for free too and one can decide to buy back home after trying or simply walk away and yet not be stared at or scolded for tasting and not buying.
Very friendly place and easy to get around by bus.
Lovely place for sightseeing and relaxation. Buy the Hakone pass to access free and cheaper facilities around the area.
A great place for rest and relax with onsen, don't be surprise you might end up seeing Mount Fuji while onsen if you have chosen the hotel near to it.
Hakone is beautiful!, one caution though is to avoid vacationing there on a public Holiday in Japan as it can get too crowded.
. Sightseeing is excellent, and transportation is well-organized..:)
Hakone is about 2hours train ride from Tokyo. Compared to the buzz of Tokyo, Hakone feels like really quiet and peaceful.
From what we're told, it's the place where locals go for a getaway. We took a splurge and spent a night at a hotel with our private onsen during autumn. The night temperatures was about 8degrees celsius, and soaking in the spring water tub was an unforgettable experience. We also visited the nearby attractions like the Venetian Glass Museum, Little Prince Museum, Hakone Shrine, Lake Ashi. Thinking back, 2D1N here was too short a stay, and I really wished we had stayed to visit more places like the open air museum and the pola museum of art. All in all, if you're looking for a nice and quiet trip not too far from Tokyo, Hakone would be a good consideration.
Male staff are very nice and friendly. The hotel also gives a free one-way bus tickets from the hotel to Hakone yumoto station.
There are many places of interest. Get the 2-day Hakone pass from Odakyu Company. Worth the value.
plenty of mountains, lakes and onsens. Open air museum, safari park, mt fuji, theme parks, quality food will fill a good week of holiday break easily.
If need to take the shuttle bus to hotel by route A, B, C , need prepare changes, there's not accept to use any IC card.
A place to be missed for a long time - a must see place with beautiful lakes and the magnificent Fuji san
Hakone was a great small town. Very clean as expected from any Japanese town. Lots of souvenir shops and many sushi and sea food restaurants as well.
The only downside to this area was major though. Everything closes at 5pm on the dot everyday. Only thing open after that was a 7-11. Other than no night life at all, it was a very nice place to visit. The ropeway and boat rides were awesome!
Hakone is pretty but ridiculously crowded (at least on the weekend we were there). There is a bus and train network but expect all the transportation to be standing room only and to have a 30-min+ ride while packed like sardines.
Most businesses close by 5 or 6 pm so finding dinner can be a challenge. Going in the off-season or on weekdays might be more enjoyable. Pick a hotel with a good onsen because many of the hotels open theirs to non-guests for very limited hours and the public onsens may be very difficult to get to (either involving long and/or steep walks or difficulty figuring out how to get there by bus). Compared to other places in Japan, figuring out the transit system is complicated for people who don't know Japanese.
Hakone is a great place to stay for 1-2 nights. We bought a 3-days pass travel from Shinjuku to Hakone, and we have free ride with all the public transport within Hakone area.
We enjoy the private onsen provided by the hotel, walk up to Owakudani to view the beautiful scene, enjoy our tea at Amasake Chaya, breeze at lake ashi, shopping at Gotemba premium outlet (a bit far from the city) and so on. It's a relaxing trip and we definitely will re visit again!
Hakone provided great sightseeing tours with the Fuji mount. view and the lake. Besides, there are also a lot of attractive locations for handicraft and art works to visit.
It is nice to stay here and do on-sen.. You should stay up higher on the mountIain.. Check the time table for public transportation properly otherwise you will end up with expensive shuttle car.
even thought it's a little bit difficult with the transportation because the schedule for the transportation is limited, but if we maintain our time , we can get all the attraction there.
the opening hour is limited so we have to aware about that so it won't inhibit our activities there