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Top 15 Things to Do in Hakone

Hakone in the Kanagawa Prefecture is a mountainous town famous for onsen resorts and beautiful views of Mt. Fuji. Walking around and trying local activities and foods is a good way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

#1. Hakone Onsen

Hakone Onsen
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Hakone is famous for onsen or hot springs, so you should try one of them if and when you visit Hakone. Hakone no Yu is easily accessible and you can enjoy onsen for a relatively reasonable price. Even your pets can take a bath with you. Please come and relax in this authentic Japanese bath in Hakone.
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Hakone Onsen

Address:100-1 Yumoto Chaya, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: 5 minutes by car from Hakone Yumoto Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,050 yen (Adult)
500 yen (Child)

Phone: 0460-85-8080

Website: Hakone Onsen


#2. Forest Adventure Hakone

Forest Adventure Hakone
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Forest Adventure Hakone is an amusement park in the forest. There is a lot of playground equipment in the park and you can enjoy the beautiful nature in Hakone. This is a fun playground for kids and adults. Visit Forest Adventure Hakone with your friends or family to run around and have a good time.
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Forest Adventure Hakone

Address: 749-1 Chanohana, Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: 2 minutes by free shuttle bus from Hakone Yumoto Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
*Adventure Course
3,600 yen (Adult)
2,600 yen (Child)

*Canopy Course
2,500 yen

Phone: 080-4219-2206

Website: Foret Aventure Hakone (Japanese)


#3. Owakudani


As you know, there are many volcanoes in Japan. One of the largest volcanoes was in Hakone and it exploded about 3,000 years ago, then a big crater was created, it is known as Owakudani. You can see an overwhelming scenery which tells you how big the explosion was. It is also famous for rare black eggs, so you should try it!
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Address: Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Ride Hakone Tozan bus from Hakone Yumoto Station and go to Togendai stop. Go to Owakudani by Hakone Ropeway.

Hours: 9:15 AM – 4:15 PM

Admission Fee: 1,880 yen

Phone: 0460-85-7410

Website: Owakudani (Japanese)


#4. Sengokubara Plateau

Sengokubara Plateau

Sengokubara Kogen was selected as one of the 50 most beautiful scenery in the Kanagawa Prefecture. A large scale grassland is spreads out in front of you. You can enjoy seeing Japanese silver grass every where you walk. It is recommend to hike through the grassland with your friends and family.
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Sengokubara Plateau

Address: Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Ride Hakone Tozan bus from Hakone Yumoto Station and go to Togendai stop. 20 minute walk from Togendai stop.

Phone: 0460-86-0880 (Hakone Tozan bus)

Website: Sengokubara Kogen (Japanese)


#5. Mt. Kintoki


Mt. Kintoki is famous for the beautiful views of Mt. Fuji. You will be amazed by the scenery from the top of Mt. Kintoki after you finish a tough hike. The mountain is 1213 meters height and it takes about three hours in total to hike up to the summit. There are several hiking courses and it would be great to try different courses each time when visiting the mountain.
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Mt. Kintoki

Address: Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Take Odakyu Hakone Express bus at Odakyu Halc-mae Station and get off at Otome Toge bus stop.

Hours: 2 hours 45 minutes for mountain climbing

Admission Fee:

Phone: 0465-73-8031

Website: Mt. Kintoki


#6. Hakone Open-air Museum

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Hakone Open-air Museum is known as one of the most attractive sight-seeing spots in Hakone. You can see many art works by famous artists such as Rodin or Picasso. In the Sculpture Garden, you can enjoy various sculptures in the large field while looking at Hakone Mountain. The kids can play with their friends at Art Hall, so this museum is suitable for families too.
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Hakone Open-air Museum 

Address: Ninotaira 1121, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: Take the Hakone Tozan Railway at Hakone Yumoto Station, and get off at Chokoku no Mori Station, then walk 2 minutes

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,600 yen (Adult)
1,200 yen (Junior)
800 yen (Child)

Phone: 0460-82-1161

Website: Hakone Open-air Museum


#7. Hakone Garasunomori Museum

Hakone Garasunomori Museum

This is a pretty house-like museum with exhibits showcasing Venetian glass. A the Venetian Glass Museum, you will find goblets and compotes made with beautiful Venetian glass. At the Modern Glass Museum, you will see Venetian glass made after the 19th century. You can relax in the peaceful atmosphere and study the history of Venetian glass here.
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Hakone Garasunomori Museum

Address: Sengokubara 940-48, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: Take Hakone Tozan bus from Hakone Yumoto Station, and get off at Hakone Garasunomori Museum stop.

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Admission Fee:
1,500 yen (Adult)
1,100 yen (Junior)
600 yen (Child)

Phone: 0460-86-3111

Website: Hakone Garasunomori Museum


#8. Rickshaw Ride

Rickshaw Ride in Hakone

You should try rickshaw, jinrikisha in Japanese, which is a vehicle with two wheels pulled by one person. It is recommended to ride one when you get tired after a long trip. You do not need to travel on foot. The guys pulling the carts have a lot of information about the local area, they are kind of like tour guides, so you could learn something new.
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Rickshaw Ride 

Address: Ajisaibashi, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 2 minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee: 3,000 yen for 20 minutes

Phone: 090-3930-1895

Website: Rickshaw Ride (Japanese)


#9. Yumoto Kenban

Yumoto Kenban
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How about watching the performance and dance by geisha (Japanese female entertainer) in Hakone? Kyoto is very famous for geisha and Hakone too. Geisha in this spot is called Kirariko and you will have an enjoyable time with them. Please have a Japanese experience in Hakone!
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Yumoto Kenban

Address: Yumoto 694, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station


Phone: 0460-85-5338

Website: Yumoto Kenban (Japanese)


#10. Lake Ashino

Lake Ashino
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This crater lake was created by the explosion of a volcano. It is a very popular sightseeing spot. An excursion boat goes around the lake and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. You can also see Mt. Fuji when it is sunny. How about taking a photo with an amazing lake and a famous mountain?
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Lake Ashino 

Address: Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: 60 minutes by Izu Hakone bus from Odawara or Atami Station

Admission Fee:
990-1,840 yen (Adult)
700 yen (Junior)
500-920 yen (Child)

Phone: 0460-83-6351

Website: Lake Ashino (Japanese)


#11. Chisuji Waterfall

Chisuji Waterfall
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This waterfall is very beautiful and it is surrounded by rich nature. It is about 3 meters tall and 25 meters wide. You can relax while looking at the overwhelming waterfall and hearing the sound of water. You will see fireflies in the summer and beautiful colorful leaves in the autumn.
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Chisuji Waterfall

Address: Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 20 minute walk from Kowakidani Station


Website: Senjo no Taki (Japanese)


#12. Hakone Shrine

Hakone Shrine

The Hakone Shrine is very popular among tourists since it is said you will receive good luck for safety and nutrition. An 800 year old Japanese cedar tree is a famous spot and many people come to pray in front of the tree. Various festivals are held in the summer. Come and visit a shrine with a history and a peaceful atmosphere.
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Hakone Shrine

Address: Motohakone 80-1, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 10 minute walk from Moto-hakone Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adult)
300 yen (Child)

Phone: 0460-83-7123

Website: Hakone Shrine (Japanese)


#13. Roryu-an

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If you would like to have eel in Hakone, this restaurant is highly recommend. You need to make reservations in advance. You can also enjoy sashimi in the quiet atmosphere away from the busy city. Have a good time while eating eel and relax after a long trip.
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Address: Yumoto 613, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 7 minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station

Hours: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Admission Fee:
4,000 – 4,999 (Lunch)
5,000 – 5,999 yen (Dinner)

Phone: 0460-85-8000



#14. Gallery Cafe Utoriro

Gallery Cafe Utoriro
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Gallery Cafe Utoriro is a popular cafe, easily accessible from Hakone Yumoto Station. There are paintings from famous painters like Maurice Utrillo and Hiraga Kei, their works make the atmosphere of the cafe more luxurious. It is suitable for tea time and also lunch. Their deserts such as cheesecake and apple pie are great and worth trying!
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Gallery Cafe Utoriro

Address: Yumoto 692, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Phone: 0460-85-7881

Website: Gallery Cafe Utoriro (Japanese)


#15. Handmade Soba Takeyabu

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Japanese soba noodles served in this restaurant are very delicious since they are ground with a stone mill. They use selected ingredients directly from the contracted farm in Nagano which is famous for soba noodles. How about having Japanese traditional food in the stylish restaurant?
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Handmade Soba Takeyabu

Address: Motohakone 160-80, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa

Access: 13 minute walk from Ubako Station

Hours: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,000 – 1,999 yen (Lunch)
6,000 – 7,999 yen (Dinner)

Phone: 0460-84-7500

Website: Handmade Soba Takeyabu (Japanese)


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