Here's the list of things to do in Hakone.



Lake Ashino-ko cruise

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Lake Ashino-ko is a crater lake made 40,000 years ago. There are two companies operating a sightseeing ship. It takes about 70 min. for one round making one or two stops. You can enjoy the nice view and a ship itself. Because ships are 700 passengers size of a Pirate ship type or a double-hull craft type.
Address:
Hakonemachi port, Moto-Hakone Port, Togendai Port Price:
from 350Yen ~URL:
http://www.hakone-kankosen.co.jp/foreign/en/index.html#menu01
This is the tour which covers Lake Ashino-ko cruise.





The Hakone Barrier and lofty cryptomeria trees

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The Hakone Barrier was put up by the second shogun, Tokugawa Hidemitsu in 1618. It is a large compound than a single gate. It was on the Tokaido, the ancient road linking Kyoto and Edo, so travelers were carefully checked. Along the Tokaido, there are 420 lofty cryptomeria trees planted in 1618.Access:
The Hakone Barrier is located a short walk from the Hakone-machi boat pier and bus stop.





Owakudani

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This is the site of a constantly bubbling and steaming valley formed by a volcanic eruption three thousand years ago. You can hike up the valley through the lava formations to the bubbling pools where eggs are boiled until they are black. It is said that by eating this egg you can live seven years longer!
This is the tour which covers Owakudani.




Hakone Open-Air Museum

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This museum is packed with sculptures such as works by Rodin and Giacometti. The recommendations are 26 pieces by Henry Moore, Picasso Pavilion which houses over three hundred paintings and sculptures, and four galleries featuring works by Chagall, Miro and Renoir. You can rest at several restaurants or cafes.
Address:
Ninotaira, Hakone-Town, Kanagawa-Prefecture
Access:
From either JR Odawara Station or Odakyu Hakone Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan Line to Chokoku-no-Mori Station. From there the museum is a 2 minute walk.

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Phone:
0460-82-1161URL:
http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/english/






Hakone Shrine

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It is a small shrine standing on the lakeside of Ashino-ko. Built in 757, this shrine was worshipped by leading samurai worriers. The vermilion torii gate standing in the water has been the prettiest spot. You could see the scene in many ukiyo-e wood block prints and postcards.Address:
80-1 Motohakone Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture

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Hakone Ropeway

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It runs 4 Km between Sounzan and Togendai. It is one of the longest in Japan and recognized as the most popular ropeway with the largest number of passengers by Guinness World Record in 2008. You can enjoy the great views such as Mt. Fuji and Sagami bay from high.
Price:
From Sounzan station to Togendai: 1,330 Yen
Hours of operation:
Mar 1 to July 31 8:45am to 5:15pm
Aug 1 to Aug 31 8:45am to 5:30pm
Sept 1 to Nov 31 8:45am to 5:15pm
Dec 1 to Feb 28 9:15am to 4:15pmURL:
http://www.hakoneropeway.co.jp/foreign/en/index.html
This is the tour which covers Hakone Ropeway.




Hot Springs

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Since it is an area of volcanic activity, there are plenty of onsen, hot springs in Hakone. Up the hill of the Hakone-Yumoto station is a small outdoor onsen. If you don’t have much time to soak in onsen, there are several places for enjoying a foot bath.
The picture of Onsen is Hotel Green Plaza Hakone.




Wooden mosaic

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Hakone is famous for its tradition of wooden mosaic work started in the second half of Edo period. “Secret box” which has a lock system without any key is a typical souvenir.

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