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Located around an hour outside of Tokyo, visitors flock to this town to relax in the natural hot springs and explore the mountains and lakes of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. 

Hakone is a small town and park located in the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan’s southern Kantō region. Nestled into lush mountains, Hakone is a fantastic base for exploring the dramatic landscape. Discover lakes, waterfalls, Shinto shrines and steaming hot springs amidst the dense forests in this region.

The volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is Hakone’s top destination. The park consists of several natural attractions around Lake Ashinoko. Lake Ashi, as locals call it, is a crater lake with striking views of Mount Fuji. Explore the lake on a pleasure boat, designed in the style of a sailing warship.

Situated near to lakes, coastlines, hot springs and volcanic mountains, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is full of varied natural beauty. Visit the mythical looking Shiraito Falls or traverse the volcanic island of Izu Oshima.

Take the aerial tram at Hakone Ropeway up to the hot springs and sulphur vents at the Great Boiling Valley. Eating the local specialty of an egg hard-boiled in the hot springs which is said to increase longevity.

Visit Hakone Shrine at the foot of Mount Hakone. This Shinto shrine is hidden in the forest and shrouded by the mountain’s mist. Don’t miss its massive torii gates. The large red entrance gate looms over the shore of Lake Ashinoko.

For a unique cultural experience, stop by Hakone Open Air Museum. Seamlessly blending art with nature, this museum features over 1,000 pieces of art. Wander through the extensive Henry Moore sculpture garden or examine some 300 pieces created by Pablo Picasso.

Tokyo is just 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) to the west of Hakone. Several train options will bring you to the town in about an hour. Most trains require a transfer at nearby Odwara, a pleasant hot springs town that is a destination of its own.

Where to stay in Hakone

Top Hotels in Hakone

Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
3 out of 5
1-6-7 Sakaecho, Odawara, Kanagawa
The price is CA $107 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harune Odawara and Odawara Castle. Tombs of Hojo Ujimasa and Hotokuninomiya Shrine are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (315 reviews)
Friendly and clean

"Great service and very clean, but the bed was not especially comfortable. It was way to firm for my liking. But that is my only complaint!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Toyoko Inn Odawara-eki Higashi-guchi
Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1320 Gora Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone, Kanagawa-ken
The price is CA $481 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Gora, this luxury resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hakone Gora Park and Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Hakone Open Air Museum and Lake Ashi are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (475 reviews)
Exceptional hotel

"Absolutely loved everything about this hotel. Everything was exceptional quality. Staff are amazing. The location and views are great. The breakfast was fantastic. It would have been nice to have some more basic and affordable meals on the room service menu like ramen or Japanese curry for example, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 25, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
3.5 out of 5
Gora 1320, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is CA $217 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Gora, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Hakone Open Air Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Miyagino Hayakawa Breakwater Cherry Blossoms and Hakone Ropeway. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (797 reviews)

"The property is very clean and guests are expected to roam around without shoes, which are checked into lockers at the entrance. The lobby lounge with a fireplace is a great place to relax and read a book, be on your laptop or just chill with a free iced drink or coffee. The Japanese breakfast is ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2020

Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hakone

Condominium MIRAHAKONE
Condominium MIRAHAKONE
3 out of 5
462-17 yumoto, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is CA $106 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Yumoto, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Tamadare Falls and within 3 mi (5 km) of Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum and Odawara Kokian. Hakone ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)

"It was a nice place! Good location not too far from the station at Hakone-Yumoto. We didn't use the little kitchen, but it seemed nicely stocked. The reason for the so so cleanliness rating were some dead bugs in the windowsill, a dusty range hood fan, and hairs by the bed."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2020

Condominium MIRAHAKONE
Villa Hakone Stage
Villa Hakone Stage
3 out of 5
Motohakone 160-34, Ashigarashimo, Hakone, Kanagawa
The price is CA $275 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Situated in Hakone, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Sengokuhara Onsen and Lake Ashi. Hakone Ropeway and Ōwakudani are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (19 reviews)


Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2021

Villa Hakone Stage
Hotel Florence Odawara
Hotel Florence Odawara
3 out of 5
546-2 Kuno, Odawara, Kanagawa

Situated in Odawara, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Harune Odawara, Odawara Flower Garden, and Odawara Arena. Odawara Castle and Tsujimura ...

4.1/5Very Good! (61 reviews)

"It was clean and spacious enough for 3 people. The walk to the station wasnt too far either."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 27, 2019

Hotel Florence Odawara
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Hakone


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 53.73134328358209%
4 - Good
4 - Good 34.32835820895522%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 7.462686567164179%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 2.985074626865672%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

If possible, build flexibility into your schedule to either extend your stay or skip Hakone entirely depending on weather conditions. Not worth going if heavy rain/fog as many attractions won’t be open and views will be non-existent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 30, 2019

Nice place to see Fuji if the weather permits.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 7, 2019

Natural scenery is beautiful but number of tourists not. We had a beautiful day and had great views of Fuji from Ropeway. Recommend staying somewhere away from the lake towns and Gora.

4/5 - Good


Aug 30, 2019

We enjoyed our time but never saw Mount Fuji, which was our main reason for going to this region of Japan. The weather was foggy and overcast during our entire late August stay. Apparently, a view is really only guaranteed in the winter.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 15, 2019

It was raining we went, but it was still very pleasing.

5/5 - Excellent


Aug 1, 2019

Make sure to check out the visitor centre located at the upper level of Odawara station across the entrance to Hakone-Yumoto. The staff gave very good advice on our trip itinerary and it helped us to explore the area before checking in the ryokan.

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