Hakone - Day Trip, Tokyo: 19 reviews and 40 photos

  the Valley of Hell at Hakone ropeway
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  • the Valley of Hell at Hakone ropeway - Tokyo
      the Valley of Hell at Hakone ropeway
    by AusPinay
  • Lovely cherry blossoms lining the roads - Tokyo
      Lovely cherry blossoms lining the roads
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  • Japanese cemetery along the way - Tokyo
      Japanese cemetery along the way
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  • on the road to Hakone - Tokyo
      on the road to Hakone
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  • The Pirate ship at Lake Ashi - Tokyo
      The Pirate ship at Lake Ashi
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(Booking our trip to Hakone/Mt. Fuji at the hotel was my choice as I wasn't sure if my family will not be so tired after our long flight from Sydney via Seoul. It was cheaper to book in the net I think.Our flight from Sydney took 14 hours all together including just barely an hour for connections from Seoul Incheon Airport to NArita.)

The Gray Line tour was not so full but the tour guide, Masayuki was very funny so it turned out to be a fun day trip!The motorcoach was comfy and clean as most of the transport we used on our travels around Tokyo.

Mt. Fuji is the most popular and most revered mountain in Japan due to its almost perfect cone shape and height/size.

Here's some info from google:
Did you know ... Mt. Fuji is a VOLCANO! The last eruption began in November 1707.It's been dormant since February 1707. Elevation from the top is 3,776 meters . or 2.34 miles above sea level at the top.Generally, the temperature at the top is about 18-20 degrees F (about 10 degrees C) cooler than at the 5th station, and 36-40 degrees F (about 20 degrees C) cooler than at sea level.

We had stop-overs on the way at what looks like a shopping town for tourists and a reserve/park which still had some blocks of ice from the past winter. You can just imagine how cold it was there despite it being spring. Luckily we had our coats/jackets/scarves so we were fine! But sadly, we missed views of Mt. Fuji on the first station as it was too foggy that day. So we concentrated on Hakone which is less tha 100 kilometres from Tokyo.

Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, is a popular sightseeing area where visitors can enjoy natural beauty, colorful flowers blooming throughout the year and scenic views including Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi and Owakudani.

We had a cruise aboard a pirate boat at Lake Ashi. This was filled with lots of people and there were panoramic 360 views - mountains, lake, etc.

The Hakone ropeway was most exciting with a gondola ride for us! Of course the ever- exciting and lovely views of Hakone National Park were enough to inspire and delight one's senses! The smell of sulfur will tantalise and the smoke from the crater will really make the name Valley of Hell stick!

Plenty of shopping opportunities- the main popular product are the magnificently made wooden trick boxes that locals produce here. We got two- one had 7 ways before you can open the box and hubby got one with 12 ways!

Address: HAKONE/MT. FUJI, 100 km from Tokyo
Directions: Mt Fuji stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days.
othercontact: google
Phone: contact your hotel concierge

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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