Hakone (箱根) is a place worth visiting, just like a small country town, simple, simple, clean and refreshing, with hot springs and small shops, without the noise and crowds of big cities, it feels very comfortable. This is suitable for slowing down and watching while walking. Hakone is also the closest hot spring center to Tokyo. There are 17 hot springs in the whole mountain, and 25,000 tons of spring water gushed out every day
Hakone tours are generally 2 to 3 days. The natural scenery of Mt. Hakone, Lake Ashinoko, and Owakudani Valley is good, and art museums and art galleries feel like petty bourgeoisie. You can go for a walk by Lake Ashinoko, visit the shrine, and see the Japanese Miscanthus in Sengokuhara.
Spend a great day to do Hakone Valley hiking through Hakone National Park. Discover the wonders of its rich natural beauty. An experienced local guide will accompany you and help you see Hakone in a new, exciting way.
Here you will find a beautiful National Park and many attractions and activities to choose from, ranging from:
• Pirate cruise ship on Lake Ashi, sightseeing around the lake, enjoying the beautiful sight of Hakone Shrine and the floating torii.
• Up Mt. Komagatake, using the ropeway. The ropeway station is located on the edge of Lake Ashi. The total length of the ropeway is 1800 meters. It’s an excellent way to enjoy the valley scenery. On the way up, there is Owaku-dani Valley, where you will see boiling and popping sulfur and hot springs. At the top of Mt. Komagatake, there is Hakone Mototsumiya Shrine. And if you go there on a winter morning, you will have a chance to see stunning views of Mount Fuji.
• Onsen Experience is a must to try. There are lots of them in Hakone, whether in hotels or public bathing.
• And finally, hiking is the best way to escape the crowds and tourists. Like I mentioned before, Hakone is a very famous Japanese tourist attraction
Hakone has many hiking trails. Most of them are accessible hiking courses like trails around the lake, the old Hakone Highway, and a hiking trail up Mt. Komagatake, uphill past the boiling Valley of Owaku-Dani. This trail is challenging but exciting.
The trail up Mt. Komagatake starts at the ropeway station located on the edge of Lake Ashi. Then, it follows the trail up the hill past Owaku-Dani to the Hakone Mototsumiya Shrine that sits on the top. It will take about two hours. But you may opt to take the ropeway up and hike down. Then, it will be much more manageable, and you will see the same scenery.
You may also counter “tsuyu,” the rainy season in Japan. The valley is covered by mist and clouds. You may buy just one-way tickets for the ropeway up the hill (to save money as well!). After you get off at the top, there is fog covering all over the area. Mount Fuji is asleep under a blanket of mist and clouds in the corner somewhere.
The narrow path downhill went through a dense forest. There is mist flowing around. The fog looks like a thick curtain in some parts, giving you a limited vision. You will enjoy what you smell and hear from the crowd in the Owaku-dani Valley.