"Hakone: Lake Ashi, Mount Fuji & More" Top 5 Page for this destination Fuji-Hakone-Izu-kokuritsu-koen by victorwkf

Hakone is a very beautiful area to the south of Tokyo (about 3 hours by train by bus) which should be explored when you are in Tokyo. For a relaxing trip there, I would suggest 3 days to see all the sights at a leisurely pace.

The most prominent natural wonders of Hakone would be the beautiful Lake Ashi, good views of Mount Fuji (highest mountain in Japan), surrounding mountains and the hot springs at Owakudani.

Let me share with you information and photos of the Hakone area, which hopefully will be useful to you.

I stayed at the beautiful lakeside town of Moto-hakone when I was in the Hakone area during November 2006. This is a very nice place with good views of Mount Fuji, which I would recommend you to stay especially in autumn where the foliage colours are very beautiful.

There are many interesting tourist attractions at the Hakone region surrounding Lake Ashi, including the tranquil Hakone Shrine shown in this photograph. More tips and photos are coming up from time to time, so do lookout for the updates.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful lake, mountains, Mount Fuji, ancient shrine etc
  • Cons:The attractions are rather touristy and crowded
  • In a nutshell:The Hakone area is not to be missed as it is very beautiful and relaxing
  • Last visit to Fuji-Hakone-Izu-kokuritsu-koen: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    The variety of lake, hot springs and gardens in Japan for this town I did not imagine. YOur trip sounds very nice, and the pictures and comments form you are very good.

  • Rabbityama's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Great Japan pictures and tips! Happy Birthday!

  • yellowbell's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    Hi Victor, Advance Happy Holidays to you and your family! Interesting local custom tip about single ladies in Kuzuryu shrine. Cheers. Jing and Larry

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    Hi, Victor~! Great destination that you've managed to visit! Goof for you! ~

  • aramat's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Very useful page - this area is very touristy, but really nice :)

  • y_lyn's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2007 at 9:02 AM

    Wow... You managed to capture Mount Fuji with a snowy-white top... Hakone seems to be a very nice place to visit too but we didn't have enough time to go

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Great additions. It is like taking a virtual tour. When I was there, it was foggy and so great to see the places missed. SL

  • Jan 18, 2007 at 6:08 AM

    hi victor, great tips! as my hubby told me about mount fuji the place is great! he lived in japan for 2 years that was 15 years ago.

  • Jan 16, 2007 at 5:27 AM

    Dropping in for a good look-see. Looks like you enjoyed Hakone indeed Victor!


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