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Sightseeing Spots in Hakone - Hot Springs, Scenery, Art, and More!|箱根の観光スポット

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

Hakone, a popular tourist destination|人気の観光地箱根

Hakone, located in Kanagawa Prefecture, is a very popular tourist destination. It is popular among foreign visitors as well as residents in the Tokyo area. The natural beauty, hot springs, and many attractions are all great reasons to visit.

Because of its proximity and accessibility, it is popular among Japanese people, too, and it is enjoyable all year.


From Hakone Zenzan's Youtube channel

There are far too many scenic locations, but here are some of the most iconic locations.



There is a wide range of dynamic landscapes and a beautiful natural environment.|ダイナミックな風景や、美しい自然を楽しむ


On a clear day, this location is perfect for viewing Mt. Fuji.



Lake Ashi(芦ノ湖):

The lake is one of the most famous landmarks in the Hakone area. It is said to have been formed by volcanic eruptions around 3100 years ago.


Beautiful Lake Ashi|美しい芦ノ湖

Sengokuhara Marsh(仙石原湿原):

This is the last remaining marshland in Kanagawa prefecture. It is famous for the golden pampas grass in autumn.


Sengokuhara Marsh|仙石原湿原

Onshi Hakone Park(恩賜箱根公園):

Located on the edge of Lake Ashi, the Japanese garden is spectacular in all four seasons. In addition, it offers great views of Mt. Fuji.


Onshi Hakone Park|恩賜箱根公園

Hiryu Waterfall(飛龍の滝):

The waterfall is said to have been used by ascetic monks in the Kamakura Period during their training.


Hiryu Waterfall|飛龍の滝


Enjoy spectacular scenery as you ride|乗り物から景色を楽しむ

Hakone Tozan Railway(箱根登山電車):

This railroad has a long history, opening in 1919, and is very popular among train fans. The railroad is well-known for its switchbacks, due to the treacherous mountain terrain.


Hakone Tozan Railway|箱根登山電車

Hakone Ropeway(箱根ロープウェイ):

The ropeway is said to offer a "walk in the sky." During the ride, you can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, Owakudani, and Lake Ashi.


Hakone Ropeway|箱根ロープウェイ

Pleasure boats(遊覧船):

There are four boats that circle Lake Ashi, offering passengers transit as well as wonderful views. There are several routes, including "the Ashinokomaru." Some of the routes offer spectacular views of Mt. Fuji.


Lake Ashi Pleasure boats|芦ノ湖遊覧船

Hakone Pirate Ship(箱根海賊船):

Three of the boats on Lake Ashi are designed as pirate ships. One of them has an aisle that is decorated with 3D art and has pirate -style object on board. These ships are particularly loved by children, although adults can enjoy them, too.


Hakone Pirate Ship|箱根海賊船


Visit shrines|神社に参拝する

Hakone Shrine(箱根神社):

Hakone Shrine is well-known as a sacred place. It is located at the waterside of Lake Ashi. It is famous for its "Torii Gate of Peace," which stands in the water of Lake Ashi.


Hakone Shrine|箱根神社

Kuzuryu Shrine(九頭竜神社):

Kuzuryu Shrine is also by the waterside of Lake Ashi. The shrine is dedicated to a dragon deity that appears in a folk tale about Lake Ashi, “The Legend of Kuzuryu.” The shrine is considered to be one that offers good omens for business and love.


Kuzuryu Shrine|九頭竜神社


Relax in hot springs|温泉で癒される

Hakone Onsen(箱根温泉):

Although there are several different onsen areas in Hakone, they are collectively known as Hakone Onsen. There are more than 100 onsen inns and hotels in the area. Most of the onsen are scattered in the hillside going up from Hakone Yumoto station, from the middle to near the top of the Hakone volcano.

Onsen resorts in Hakone include Hakone-Yumoto Onsen, Tonosawa Onsen, Ashinoyu Onsen, Gora Onsen, and many others!


Hakone Onsen|箱根温泉


Get bedazzled by art|アートに魅了される

Hakone is also famous for its many museums.


The Hakone Open-Air Museum(箱根彫刻の森美術館)

This museum focuses on outdoor sculptures. There are significant pieces created by masters, including Rodin, Picasso, and Moore.


The Hakone Open-Air Museum|箱根彫刻の森美術館

Hakone Glass Forest Museum(箱根ガラスの森美術館)

Hakone Glass Forest Museum|箱根ガラスの森美術館

Hakone Lake Ashi Narukawa Art Museum(箱根芦ノ湖成川美術館)

Pola Museum of Art(ポーラ美術館)

Just seeing these photos makes you want to explore Hakone, doesn't it?

Find out more in these Hakone tourist guides!


※This article is based on information available in December 2021.


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Mar 26, 2022

Absolutely love Hakone! I've only been there twice. Both times were a romantic get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A random tangent, but it was one of the only places in Japan where I found a traditional yosegi puzzle box. One of those boxes that don't have an obvious way of opening them. Well worth the trip.

Mar 26, 2022
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I can't remember how many times I've been to Hakone through the years-probably at least 30 or 40 times. But then, I lived in the west side of Tokyo for more than 33 years, so it was relatively close. In recent years-at least until my move to rural Fukuoka a year ago-I'd learned to love the Nikko area for its history, culture, and onsen.

Puzzle boxes were relatively common during the Edo Period (1603-1868), but they've lost their "luster" in the modern period. Hakone is one of the few places that have made them a well-loved souvenir. The "yosegi" variety, though, are much more unique to the area. While marquetry, in general, was more widespread, used especially in furniture, the…


Mar 24, 2022

I've been to most of the spots mentioned in the article. For people visiting on day-trips from Tokyo, one of the highly recommended onsen to visit is Tenzan. There is a 100 yen shuttle bus to the onsen from Hakone-Yumoto Station. It is a reasonably long hike uphill from the station, but certainly doable. The price is somewhat steep-1200 yen-but it is a very enjoyable soak.

One thing worth noting is there are actually two onsen run by the same place. I prefer the honkan-original/main venue. The 2nd place is dominated by hinoki wooden baths. The original bath is set inside of a hill and has a very nice cave sauna, among other things. But usually the hinoki bath is…

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These great tips! Thanks!

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