Top 46 Things to Do in Hakone

Hakone is one of Japan's most celebrated tourist destinations, the dramatic scenery making for the perfect backdrop for a relaxing getaway from the city. Check out our guide for the lowdown on all the top things to do.

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If the urban sprawl of Tokyo gets to be a little too much, there’s not better destination than Hakone. Although reachable in under two hours from the capital, Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, feels like a whole other dimension. As the traffic and crowds become birds and trees and Mount Fuji rears its head in the distance, you’ll know you’ve arrived in the right place. 

Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions, Hakone’s mountainous landscape is striking and unsullied by over-development. This said, there is nonetheless an abundance of things to do in the area. From traditional pursuits like hiking the hills or bathing in an onsen, to a spot of culture in the form of one of Hakone’s many museums and galleries, there’s something for all here. In what follows, we’ll introduce you to the best of it.  

1. Hiking

Hakone Hiking

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Hakone is renowned for its fine hiking, with trails to suit all ability levels. One of our favourite trails below: 

Suggested Route:

Old Tokaido Highway (Kyukaido) Trail
Hakone Yumoto Station -> Hakonemachi Bus Stop -> Hakone Sekisho -> Onshi Hakone Park -> Cedar Avenue Hakone -> Hakone Stone-paved Road -> Amazake-chaya Tea House -> Kanazashi Woodcraft -> Hatajuku Bus Stop -> Hakone Yumoto Station               

If you’re coming from Tokyo, take the Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Station and alight at Hakone Yumoto Station. From there, take a bus to Hakonemachi Bus Stop. The scenic hike ends up at Hatajuku Bus Stop, from where you can catch a bus back to Hakone Yumoto Station.

For detailed Hakone bus info, check out Hakone Tozan Bus Schedule.

For more hiking routes, check out JNTO’s Hiking Courses in Hakone.

2. Lake Ashinoko and Moto Hakone

Lake Ashinoko

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Lake Ashinoko in the foreground with the majestic Mount Fuji looming behind: a defining image of Japan, never mind just Hakone. Formed in the wake of Mount Hakone’s last eruption 3,000 years ago, the lake is large, though despite its import has not been as wildly developed as one might expect. Aside from a few small towns and lakeside resorts, Lake Ashinoko’s shore remains largely unspoilt.

For the full effect of the lake and Fuji-san beyond, one of the best spots is Moto-Hakone, a boat pier on the lake’s south-east shore. Visitors can also hop aboard a sightseeing boat run by either Hakone Sightseeing Boats or Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats from Moto-Hakone. Views from onboard are spectacular and you’ll have the opportunity to check out all of Lake Asinoko’s major points of interest at once. Prices start from around 1,000 yen. 

3. Hakone Shrine

Hakone Shrine

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Hakone Shrine sits at the foot of Mount Hakone, hidden amongst a dense forest of cedar trees but advertised clearly by the famous red torii gate that seems to float in the waters of Lake Ashinoko. From the gate, a serene path flanked by tall lamps and mini-shrines leads visitors up to the shrine, which, though relatively small in size, is beautifully designed, intriguingly detailed and a wonderful place for quiet contemplation. Hakone Shrine is a magnet for Tokyoites wanting a break from the lightning pace of the capital and it’s easy to see why. 

  Hakone Shrine

­  80-1 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

4. Hakone Sekisho (Hakone Tokaido Checkpoint)

Hakone Sekisho (Hakone Tokaido Checkpoint)

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As a major point on the Tokaido road, the busiest of Japan’s five main cross-country roads of the Edo period, Hakone was strategically vital in controlling the flow of people and goods into the old Edo capital of Kyoto. Consequentially, in 1619, the Hakone Sekisho was set up: a checkpoint for all traffic along the road. The checkpoint’s main concern was halting the transport of arms, fraudulent goods and escaping wives and concubines of Edo lords. 

Hakone Sekisho was re-built in 2007, the original building having fallen into disrepair. Taking three years to complete, the site is built to the original designs and includes all of the original buildings. Today, visitors can check out the museum, packed with an assortment of macabre torture equipment and military relics, as well as walk the original road into the checkpoint. The road, running deep into the Hakone hills, still features some original cobblestones and makes for a fantastic historical stroll. 

  ­Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00 (Dec 1-Feb 28: 09:00 – 16:30)


  1 Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Sekisho

5. Onshi Hakone Park

Onshi Hakone Park

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The former site of a holiday home for the emperor, Onshi Hakone Park was a victim of both the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and the Northern Izu Earthquake of 1930 and never fully reconstructed. Yet, the land and gardens that remain, tucked onto a Hakone hillside overlooking the lake, is still one of Hakone’s great sightseeing spots. There are a number of walking routes through the park, each fairly undemanding but providing excellent views over the lake and toward Mount Fuji. 

  Onshi Hakone Park

  171 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

6. Hakone Detached Palace

Hakone Detached Palace

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Within Onishi Hakone Park sits Hakone Detached Palace, a rather uninspiringly named remnant of the former Imperial villa. A simple building of somewhat bland neo-classical design, the palace is nonetheless a good reminder of the park’s history. Although sparsely advertised, Hakone Detached Palace is occasionally open to visitors. 

7. The Old Tokaido Highway – Hakone Cedar Avenue 

Cedar Avenue Hakone

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Once one of the most feared stretches of road in all of Japan, today, the old Tokaido highway is one of Hakone’s most scenic walking routes. For centuries one of Japan’s great arterial roads, the atmosphere of them days remains. One of the best stretches along the route is Hakone’s Cedar Avenue. Here, the shade provided by the colossal cedars and the density of the forest beyond never fail to enchant hikers. 

Address: Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

8. Hakone Stone-Paved Road

Hakone Stone-paved Road

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Another age-old walking path between Moto-Hakone and Hakone Yumoto. Here, the crowds that often feature in Hakone dissipate to almost nothing, giving the few that do venture here a serene sense of isolation. This is also one of the best-preserved sections of road, though sturdy shoes are still advised. Along this route you’ll also find Amazake Chaya, featured below. 

9. Amazake Chaya Tea House

Amazake-chaya Tea House

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Amazake Chaya can appear to many weary hikers to be a cruel mirage. But no, the tea house is very much real. In business since the Edo period, this place was once a rest stop for travelling samurai, though tourists are more common nowadays. Pick up some fine matcha (green tea), mochi (a sticky rice concoction served sweet or savoury) or try out the sake, a house speciality. With a wide array of different sake types, your hike may turn into more of a stumble afterwards. 

  Sun-Sat 07:00­ – 17:30


  395-1 Hatajuku Futagoyama, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Amazake-chaya Tea House

10. Kanazashi Woodcraft

Kanazashi Woodcraft

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Kanazashi Woodcraft is a shop selling yosegi-zaiku products, an ancient woodcraft method exclusive to Hakone. Katsuhiro Kanazashi is the master craftsman here, a doyen of the art and one of the last in a long lineage. The products themselves are beautifully unique and made with exquisite attention to detail. Drop in to have a look or splash out on a souvenir you’ll find in few other places. 

  Sun-Sat 09:30 – 16:30


  180-1 Hatajuku, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Kanazashi Woodcraft

11. Hakone Ropeway

Hakone Ropeway

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Hakone is scenic from any angle, though this is especially so from the air. The Hakone Ropeway can help you out with this. Travel in style between Sounzan Station and Togendai Station (also stopping at  Ubako and Owakudani stations), all the while treated to inimitable views of the mountains, lake and Mount Fuji beyond. With services departing every minute, there’s no better or more convenient way to get around.

Service between Sounzan Station and Owakudani Station is temporarily suspended from 2017/01/10 – 2017/04/14. Replacement buses will be provided.

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 16:00 (Closed 2nd Thursday of each month)

  Hakone Ropeway

12. Hakone Gora Park

Hakone Gora Park

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Perched just above Gora Station you’ll find Gora Park, a Western-style landscape park perfect for a spot of relaxation. Designed in a predominantly French style, the park features a rose garden, a large central fountain and two greenhouses containing a botanical garden and a flower garden. Overlooking the fountain is a fine but pricey restaurant as well as the Hakuun-do Chaen teahouse. The park has a sophisticated feel and boasts excellent views over the Hakone mountains. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  1300 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo Kanagawa

­  Hakone Gora Park

       Hakone Gora Park (English brochure)

13. Owakudani Valley


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The same eruption that birthed Lake Ashinoko also produced Owakudani, a crater and still active volcanic site. In times of high volcanic activity the site is closed to tourists, however, when it’s not, the area’s hot springs, seeping sulphuric gas and views over Hakone are mighty impressive if not a little intimidating. Some have described Owakudani as a vision of hell on earth, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. 

Access: Owakudani Station via Hakone Ropeway

14. Owakudani Black Eggs (Kuro Tamago)

Owakudani Black Eggs (Kuro Tamago)

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If eternal damnation has you a little peckish, try out one of Owakudani’s notorious eggs. Boiled in the naturally hot water, the shell is turned deep black by the sulphur. Don’t be put off by the colour, they say a single egg prolongs your life by seven years. You do the maths on eating a dozen. Sold cheaply by numerous vendors, dry if you dare. 

15. Hakone Komagatake Ropeway up Mount Komagatake

Hakone Komagatake Ropeway

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Long revered as a holy mountain, Mount Komagatake is one of Hakone’s most significant peaks. In the past, the mountain was rarely climbed for fear of the spirits that lurked at the top. Times change, and now the mountain can be conquered in under 10 minutes via the Hakone Kamagatake Ropeway. The volcanic origins of the mountain mean there are no trees, meaning there’s nothing in the way of a good view from the summit. While you’re up there, also check out the shrine, gifted to Hakone in 1964 by Yasujiro Tsutsumi, the man responsible for the commercialisation of the area. 

  Sun-Sat 09:10 – 16:30

  Hakone Komagatake Ropeway

 138 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa [Hakone Komagatake Ropeway Station]

16. Chisuji Falls (千条の滝)

Chisuji Falls (千条の滝)

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What Chisuji Falls lack in height, they more than make up for in beauty. The strings of water that fall from the cliff give the site its name (‘1,000 lines’) and provide a serene otherworldliness that you won’t quickly forget. As Chisuji isn’t far from Owakudani, combining the falls, the hot springs and a hike on one of the many surrounding trails makes for a great day out. To get there, head to Odawara Station and follow the signs. 

Address: 507 Kowakudani, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

17. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is less a ‘thing to do’ and more a region to discover. Spanning large swathes of Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Kanagawa and Tokyo prefectures and containing highlights such as Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes, the Izu Islands and – importantly for us – Hakone, the national park is certainly grand in size. It’s not hard to see why it became one of Japan’s first designated national parks; the sheer heterogeneity of the geography and the landscape (from mountain forests to subtropical islands) giving Fuji-Hakone-Ize National Park a unique and unrivalled majesty. If time allows, use Hakone as a jumping off point for discovering the rest of the park. 

For more on Fuji-Hakone-Izu and Japan’s other great national parks, check out our guide. 

18. Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands (Hakone Shisseikaen/箱根湿生花園)

Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands (Hakone Shisseikaen-箱根湿生花園)

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The Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands is a nature preserve on the Hakone highlands, 2,200 feet above sea level. Formerly rice paddies, the area was established in 1976 to preserve and exhibit Japan’s native wetland plant life. Made up of ponds, meadows, forests, rockeries, streams and moorland, the well-established ecosystem is lush, fecund and a joy to explore. Using the raised wooden boardwalks that crisscross the garden visitors are able to traverse it all with ease, taking in the rich variation of life as they go. Helpfully, the information boards that litter the park are written in both English and Japanese.

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed from Dec 1 – Mar 19)


  817 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands

19. Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field (Sengokuhara Susuki Sogen/仙石原すすき草原)

Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field (Sengokuhara Susuki Sogen-仙石原すすき草原)

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For hundreds of meters, the foothills of Mount Hakone around Sengokuhara are covered in pampas grass, referred to as the Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field. As the seasons change, so does the colour of the rolling hills; from green in the summer months to a fantastic shimmering gold around November. A single path runs through the field, slowly ascending higher and higher up the slope. From the top, visitors meet a dead end, but also some fantastic views out over the grass. Visit in autumn for the full effect and be sure to avoid winter when the grass is burnt to premote regrowth. 

Address: Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

20. Choanji Temple

Choanji Temple (長安寺)

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Also in the Sengohuhara area, Choanji Temple is a temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism and one of Hakone’s most pleasing. Choanji is particularly notable for its collection of over two-hundred rakan (disciples of Buddha) statues which are dotted throughout the complex. These statues only began appearing in the 1980s, meaning many are of a more contemporary design than may be expected. The great profusion of cedar trees and other plant life around the temple provide it with an incredibly peaceful atmosphere, best experienced through a stroll along one of the many paths that cut across the site. 

Address: 82 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

21. Hakone Open-Air Museum

Hakone Open-Air Museum

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Opened in 1969 as one of Japan’s first open-air museums, the Hakone Open-Air Museum still feels as groundbreaking as it must have done then. Spread across acres of expertly landscaped hillside, the museum’s goal is to find a balance between the natural beauty of its surrounds and the human genius of the work it displays. Visitors are able to browse the multiple indoor and outdoor exhibitions at their leisure. These include the two-story Picasso Exhibition Hall, home to an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures from the artist, as well as the outdoor Symphonic Sculpture, a tower of beautiful stained glass which can be climbed for unbeatable views over the surrounding countryside. As well as the exhibits, the museum is also home to the obligatory cafe and souvenir shop. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  1121 Ninotaira, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Open-Air Museum

22. Pola Museum of Art

Pola Museum of Art

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Sponsored by POLA, a cosmetics company, the POLA Museum of Art is one of Hakone’s top contemporary art galleries. Its collection of sculptures, paintings and ceramics from a mixed bag of Japanese and international artists is housed in an incredibly sympathetically designed building in the midst of a thick forest of beech trees. In order to blend in with its surrounds, the museum is mostly situated underground, though its innovative use of glass and steel bathes the museum in natural light. The museum’s permanent collection includes works by masters such as Renoir, Monet and Picasso. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Pola Museum of Art

23. Lalique Museum Hakone

Lalique Museum Hakone

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Set within the unspoilt beauty of Sengokuhara, find another string to Hakone’s cultural bow: the Lalique Museum. Dedicated to the work of Rene Lalique (1860-1945), the French master of jewellery, glass and interior design who’s work bridged the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the museum moves thematically through Lalique’s work, providing a uniquely insightful picture of a figure who is otherwise difficult to pin down. The museum buildings themselves – three low-rise, vernacular structures – are unobtrusive but nicely detailed; the perfect place for the 230 or so handpicked items from Lalique’s oeuvre. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  186-1 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Lalique Museum Hakone

24. Hakone Museum of Art (箱根美術館)

Hakone Museum of Art (箱根美術館)

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The Hakone Museum of Art displays works from prehistoric to Japan to the Edo period – a fine mixture of ceramics, earthenware, sculpture and paintings, including a haniwa burial statue classified as an Important Cultural Property. Established in 1952, the museum now has a sister museum in Atami City’s MOA Museum of Art on the Izu Peninsula. Just as impressive as the museum itself are its surrounding grounds. The maple tree studded moss garden and traditionally landscaped Japanese garden both provide ideal locations to stroll and relax, plus, there’s even a teahouse for refreshments. 

  Fri-Wed 09:30 – 16:30 (Dec-Mar 9:30 – 16:00/Closed on Thursday)


  1300 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Museum of Art (箱根美術館)

25. The Little Prince Museum

The Little Prince Museum

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Hakone’s The Little Prince Museum is a living tribute to the life and work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French aristocrat, pilot, writer and poet most remembered for his novella The Little Prince. Ostensibly a children’s book, The Little Prince has provided generations of adults with inspiration and insight since its publication in 1943. The museum is ambitious: at once a reproduction of a French manor similar to Saint-Exupéry’s former home, a French-style garden and museum to the places of the author’s life (including mock-ups of a Buenos Aries bar, New York hotel room and plane cockpit and a profile of Consuelo Suncín de Sandoval, the great love of his life). Although somewhat hagiographic, the oddity of The Little Prince Museum, combined with the genuine passion that has gone into its construction, makes it well worth a visit. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 18:00


  909 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  The Little Prince Museum

26. Narukawa Art Museum

Narukawa Art Museum (成川美術館)

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Over the course of the past 20 years, Minoru Narukawa, the owner and chief curator of the Narukawa Art Museum, has amassed an impressive collection of nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings, all of which are now displayed to the public at this very special museum. Nihonga began life as a form reflective of traditional Japanese techniques, materials and tools, in opposition to incoming Western-style art. Although nihonga has developed to incorporate Western characteristics, the art form remains distinctive. The Narukawa Art Museum’s collection is lovingly displayed and complimented by the wonderful views over Lake Ashinoko from its large frontal windows. The best views can be enjoyed with a coffee from the museum’s large on-site cafe.  

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  570 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Narukawa Art Museum

27. Hakone Venetian Glass Museum (Hakone Glass no Mori)

Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

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The Hakone Venetian Glass Museum or Hakone Glass no Mori (Glass Forest Museum) is a dazzling introduction into the world of Venetian glass, where visitors can marvel at over 100 pieces of authentic Venetian glasswork and even have a go at making some for themselves. Classes in the art are available for children and adults, which if nothing else give an idea of just how gifted the experts are. Venture outside and you’ll find yourself in the titular ‘glass forest’. Here, the trees and shrubs are adorned with various works of glass, enhancing the beauty most enchantingly. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:30


  940-48 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

28. Okada Museum of Art

Okada Museum of Art

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Opened by businessman Okada Kazuo in 2013, the Okada Museum of Art is a contemporary museum specialising in East Asian paintings, sculptures and ceramics from antiquity to the modern era. The collection mostly focusses its attention on work from China and Japan, with basic information on each item provided in Japanese and English both. The museum’s grounds are worth a look, too. Landscaped in a traditional Japanese style and featuring a teahouse and cafe, they provide a nice area for a spot of post-museum reflection. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  493-1 Kowakudani, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Okada Museum of Art

29. Kei Hiraga Museum (平賀敬 美術館)

Kei Hiraga Museum (平賀敬 美術館)

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A small museum nestled into the hillside, the Kei Hiraga Museum is dedicated to the work of Kei Hiraga (1936-2000) and run by the late artist’s widow. Kei Hiraga’s work is best described as playful, erotic and humorous, often mixing traditional Japanese themes or techniques with sexually explicit, dream-like imaginings. Described by some as misogynistic, others as subversive, if you’ve yet to come across Kei Hiraga, this museum is definitely a must. What’s more, there’s even an onsen (hot-spring) which can be used for an additional 1,100 yen. 

  Fri-Tue 10:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Wednesday and Thursday)


  613 Yumoto, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

30. Hakone GeoMuseum (箱根ジオミュージアム)

Hakone GeoMuseum (箱根ジオミュージアム)

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Hakone is the product of a series of ancient volcanic eruptions; the dramatic, sometimes hellish, always beautiful landscape still wearing the scars of these monumental events with pride. The Hakone GeoMuseum is where you can learn all about this subject – a wonderfully interactive museum which brings geography to life in vivid colour. Perfect for kids and adults alike. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 16:00


  1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone GeoMuseum

31. Hakone Craft House

Hakone Craft House

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Hakone Crafthouse is where all practical, hands-on tourists should head for the perfect Hakone souvenir. The Crafthouse runs classes in both pottery and glass blowing. In both, a master instructor will first show you the ropes, before letting go and handing the reins over to you. Get behind a pottery wheel and craft your ideal teapot or get your lips around a glass blowing pipe and give your lungs a workout. The end results are yours to keep once they’ve been blasted in the kiln. The best part is, its cheap, somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 yen for the whole experience. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  1300 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

  Hakone Craft House

32. Hakone-en Aquarium

Hakone-en Aquarium

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Although relatively small, the Hakone-en Aquarium is a great afternoon activity, particularly on a rainy day. An impressive array of species are on display, including a beluga whale, vibrant jellyfish, spider crabs and penguins. Typically, the aquarium is quiet, giving visitors the chance to leisurely explore without the pressure of crowds. The cafe is also a good spot for some refreshments. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 17:00


  139 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone-en Aquarium

33. Hakone Putter Golf (箱根パターゴルフ)

Hakone Putter Golf (箱根パターゴルフ)

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Hakone is one of Japan’s top golfing destinations, its landscape pocked by courses from top to bottom. Including, wonderfully, mini-golf. Carved into a hillside close to Hakone-Yumoto Station, Hakone Putter Golf is immensely popular with tourists, particularly families looking for some fun. Bursting with nature, a tour of the nine holes is also a treat for eyes, and even a great spot to see the cherry blossoms in the spring. 

  Sun-Sat 10:00 – 16:30


  740 Yumoto, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Putter Golf

34. Itoh Dining by Nobu

Itoh Dining by Nobu

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LA, London and now… Hakone? That’s right, glitzy Nobu now has a branch in Hakone. A collaboration between Nobu Matsuhisa and Keisuke Itoh, Itoh Dining by Nobu is now one of the area’s top teppanyaki restaurants and perfect for a holiday treat. The restaurant and its chic interior are nicely set against the beautiful Gora scenery, making it a very special restaurant indeed. 

  Sun-Sat 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:30


  1300-64 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

  Itoh Dining by Nobu

35. Sushi Miyafuji

Sushi Miyafuji

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Sushi Miyafuji has a reputation as one of Hakone’s very best sushi restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. The fish is fresh and expertly prepared, the atmosphere is warm, inclusive and friendly, and the staff are always happy to help. Great for a lunchtime snack or relaxed evening meal, Sushi Miyafuji can’t be recommended highly enough. 

  Wed-Mon 11:30 – 14:30 (last order), 17:30 – 19:30 (last order)


  310 Miyanoshita, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Sushi Miyafuji

36. Gyoza Center

Gyoza Center

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Close to the terminus for the Hakone Tozan Railway and the Hakone Open-Air Museum, Gyoza Center is a restaurant which, unsurprisingly, specialises in gyoza. It is reasonably priced, with a warm atmosphere, and most importantly of all, serves up some of the finest gyoza you’ll find anywhere. Although you’ll never go wrong with the classic variety, try the garlic or shrimp variants for a delicious twist. Handily, English menus are available. 

  Fri-Wed 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 20:00 (last order)


  1300-537 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Gyoza Center

37. Bakery & Table Hakone

Bakery & Table Hakone

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Serving up a great array of fresh out the oven baked treats and light meals, Bakery & Table Hakone is a great spot for a quick refresher before heading out for some more sightseeing. The staff are friendly and its lakeside location means great views are guaranteed. You can even slip off your shoes and dangle your feet into the adjoining hot spring whilst you eat!

  Sun-Sat 08:30 – 18:00


  9-1 Motohakone Goten, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Bakey & Table Hakone

38. Naraya Cafe

Naraya Cafe

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Run by a friendly husband and wife team, Cafe Naraya is another great Hakone cafe. Built into the hillside, the two-story building is spacious, warm and quirkily decorated, plus, it boasts some excellent views over the mountains. The menu offers up a great selection of coffee, tea, snacks, beer and wine, making it great for any time of the day. There’s even communal miniature hot springs to dip your feet into should a long day of walking have gotten the better of you. 

  Thu-Tue 10:30 – 18:00 (Dec-Jan 10:30 – 17:00)

       Closed on Wednesday and 4th Thursday of each month


  404-13 Miyanoshita, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Naraya Cafe

39. Hakone Onsen: Tenzan Onsen

Tenzan Onsen

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Make good use of Hakone’s hot springs by treating yourself to a soak at one of its many onsen. Tenzan Onsen is one of the area’s most popular, and for good reason. Very traditional in style (think sliding doors and tatami) but abundantly foreigner friendly, the onsen provides visitors with the option of a number of different baths – one very hot, one built into a cave, one with skin-purifying water – and excellent changing and showering facilities. There’s even a great little restaurant on the second floor should you get hungry. 

  Sun-Sat 09:00 – 23:00


  208 Yumotochaya, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Tenzan Onsen  

40. Yunessun Spa Resort (Hakone Kowakien Yunessun)

Yunessun Spa Resort (Hakone Kowakien Yunessun)

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If you’ve had your fill of traditional Japanese baths, try Hakone Kowakien Yenessun, an onsen with a novel twist. There are standard baths here, but the main attraction is the themed pools. Bathe in red wine, coffee, green tea, sake and much more, the pools all featuring giant bottles and pots beside them to make it abundantly clear what you’re getting yourself in for. Be warned, it’s not just colouring, the real thing is poured into the waters at several times throughout the day. If you don’t believe it, look for the signs beside the pool which let visitors know the time of the next ceremonial pouring. 

  Yunessun (Bathing Suit Zone): 09:00 – 19:00

       Mori No Yu (Naked Zone): 11:00 – 20:00


  1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

41. Hakone Ryokan: Gora Kadan

Gora Kadan

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Claimed to be one of Japan’s most exclusive ryokans, if you’ve got a bit of spare cash, a stay at Gora Kadan will surely not disappoint. The hotel is a perfect blend of traditional Japanese hospitality, aesthetics and custom with contemporary luxury and convenience. The rooms, simple but elegant, are spacious, the kaiseki (trad. multi-course meal) is divine, and the private onsen facilities perfect for unwinding. 

  ¥    70,000 – 150,000*


  1300 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Gora Kadan

42. Hakone Ryokan: Kappa Tengoku Ryokan

Kappa Tengoku Ryokan (箱根湯本温泉 かっぱ天国)

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Conveniently located just above the train station, this family-run ryokan and onsen is basic but charming all the same. The facilities are well worn and the rooms somewhat dated, but, given the price, this is to be expected. Not a luxury experience, but if you’re looking for a bit of character from your accommodation, you can find it here. 

  ¥    4,500*


  777 Yumoto, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Kappa Tengoku Ryokan

43. Hakone Ryokan: Hakone Kamon

Hakone Kamon (箱根花紋 )

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Another ryokan/onsen pairing, this time a little more upscale. Reach Hakone Kamon in under 10 minutes from Yumoto Station. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted like royalty and shown to your room, all of which are traditionally styled, spacious and comfortable. With views looking out over Hakone and excellent onsen facilities, great food and even better service, Hakone Kamon is a stellar choice. 

  ¥    >23,000*


  435 Yumoto, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Hakone Kamon

44. Hakone Ryokan: Gora Kansuiro

Gora Kansuiro (強羅花扇)

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Just three minutes from Gora Station, Gora Kansuiro is another excellent Hakone ryokan. With just 14 rooms, each guest is personally taken care of and there every whim catered for. The interior is wonderfully traditional, as is the food, giving guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in traditional Japanese culture. They can also immerse themselves in the open-air onsen kept exclusively for guest use. 

  ¥    >30,000*


  1300 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Gora Kansuiro

45. Hakone Ryokan: Fukuzumiro Ryokan

Fukuzumiro Ryokan

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This 125-year-old ryokan next to the Hayakawa River promises full exposure to traditional Japanese luxury. As you’d expect, Fukuzumiro features its own private onsen, tastefully designed rooms overlooking the river, excellent Japanese food and world-class, personal service. Due to its popularity, Fukuzumiro is also very foreigner-friendly, with English speaking staff and English menus at mealtimes. 

  ¥    >22,000*


  74 Tonosawa, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

­  Fukuzumiro Ryokan

*All prices are for single occupancy and per night unless otherwise stated.

46. Gotemba Outlet Mall

Gotemba Outlet Mall

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Though technically not in Hakone, Gotemba Outlet Mall is just a stone throw’s away. A direct bus runs regularly to and from Hakone Yumoto Station for just 1,280 yen. Fortunately, this one-hour journey is covered by the Hakone Free Pass. Here you’ll find all your favourite Japanese and international brands at discount prices. 

  Mar-Nov 10:00 – 20:00

       Dec-Feb 10:00 – 19:00

       Closed on 3rd Thursday of February

  1312 Fukasawa, Gotemba, Shizuoka

­  Gotemba Outlet Mall

Hakone Free Pass

Despite its name, unfortunately, the Hakone Free Pass is not free. It does, however, provide unbeatable value for tourists interested in covering as much of Hakone as possible over the course of two or three days. The pass covers transport to and from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station, Odakyu-affiliated trains and buses around Hakone and even discounts at various Hakone attractions, all for less than 6,000 yen. 

The pass can be picked up from ticket counters at all major stations along the Odakyu Line, including Shinjuku Station and Odawara Station in Hakone itself. 

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