Hakone

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●Town Info

Hakone sits on the westernmost part of Kanagawa, about an easy 1 hour and 30 min. 〜 2 hour ride by train or bus. The full of sights resort town is largely famous for its hot springs.

 

Hot springs are everywhere and many types to choose from, but Hakone offers more than just hot springs. Lush greenery surrounded in nature, art museums, shrines, and a great number of other sightseeing attractions including a nearby outlet mall.

 

With so much to offer this hot spring resort town receives approx. 20 million visitors a year, the most popular hot spring destination in Japan.

 

Founded in 738 the town has a long history with vibrant attributes that exists only in the Hakone area.

 

Whether it is the source of numerous hot spring water, Yumoto [湯本],  Sengokuhara [仙石原] - the resort on the hills dotted with art museums - the historic luxury villa area, Gora [強羅], in  the uplands of Hakone with picturesque hot springs,  Ashinoko [芦ノ湖] - made famous by its superb views of Mt. Fuji and shrines, or maybe the up-close look at the dynamic active volcano, Owakudani [大湧谷], and the popular retro town look and large-scale hot spring, Miyanoshita [宮の下] and Kowakidani [小涌谷],  Hakone is uniquely attractive.

 

If you are planning to stay in Tokyo for over 5 days and have the time, it’s well recommended to pay a visit.

 

Taking a day trip is possible, but you will be rushed. Spending a night allowing your mind and body to rest is not a bad idea.

 

Without a car it can be inconvenient traveling from place to place due to the breadth of Hakone, so prepare appropriately or stick to one area.

 

Lastly, visiting during weekdays is advised. It can get very busy during weekends.

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●Access

① Train

- The most relaxing and convenient way to travel is by Odakyu Railways’ Romance Car [小田急電鉄ロマンスカー]. Catch the train from Shinjuku station [新宿駅] to Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本]. Trains depart once or twice an hour.

Approx. travel time: 1 hour 40 min.

URL: http://www.odakyu.jp/english/romancecar/

 

- Take the Odakyu railways limited express train [小田急電鉄急行] from Shinjuku station [新宿駅] to Odawara station [小田原駅] (4~5 trains depart each hour from Shinjuku station). Transfer to the Hakone Tozan Railway line [箱根登山鉄道線]. Alight at Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本].

Approx. travel time: 2 hours

 

or

 

- Ride the JR Tokaido Main line [JR東海道本線] from Tokyo station [東京駅] to Odawara station [小田原駅]. Transfer to the Hakone Tozan Railway line [箱根登山鉄道線]. Alight at Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本].

Approx. travel time: 1 hour 45 min.

Url: http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/en/

 

②Bus/Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus [小田急箱根高速バス]

Leave from Shinjuku station New South Exit [新宿駅•新南口] for Hakone Togendai [箱根桃源台]

 

22 round-trips per day.

approx. travel time: 2 hours 15 min.

 

6 round-trips per day from Tokyo station [東京駅].

approx. travel time: 2 hours.

 

5 round-trips per day from Haneda Airport (via Yokohama station).

approx. travel time: 2 hours 40 min.

 

※The busses will pass through Gotemba [御殿場] and Sengokuhara [仙石原] on its way to the lakeside of Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) [芦ノ湖] or Hakone Kogendai [箱根桃源台], however it will not stop at Hakone-Yumoto [箱根湯本] or Gora [強羅].

URL:http://www.odakyu-hakonehighway.co.jp/common/pdf/english.pdf

 

Hakone Freepass [箱根フリーパス]

If you’re planning on staying the night and going around all the attractions in Hakone for 2 days, you might as well by the Freepass. It’ll save you anywhere between 1,000 yen〜2,000 yen.

 

Generally, you can ride anything that isn’t JR railways and you can get discounts at around 50 different facilities that include hot springs and tourist attractions.

 

There are other tickets that may benefit you, so check the link below to find the one that matches your itinerary.

http://www.hakonenavi.jp/english/freepass/

 

Hakone Tozan Train [箱根登山電車]

From Odawara station [小田原駅] passing through Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] to arrive at Gora station [強羅駅],  the Hakone Tozan train climbs the mountain slope while stopping near sightseeing destinations.

 

It is the only train in Japan that fits the definition of a “mountain railway”, similar to trains you see in the Switzerland.

 

The train uses the switch back method, zig-zagging up the mountain to counter the steep incline; stopping at places that aren’t stations  and moving forward and backward, it’s fun experience.

 

From the window seat your eyes will come to life with cherry blossoms in bloom during spring, Hydrangeas surrounding the train in early summer, and autumn foliage delighting riders with its warm colors. Last but not least, winter blankets the area in white lush snow.  You can surely take pleasure in the vast beauty of Hakone nature.
URL: http://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/en/

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●Recommended

Hot springs are at the top of this list, but there is plenty to enjoy, from nature to museums, and delicious food too. And then there is Gotemba Premium Outlet,  a must visit for those of you more interested in brand goods and shopping.

 

As for hot springs, what is called the Seven Springs of Hakone [箱根七湯] – 7 special hot springs- is worth experiencing.

 

The number and variation of hot springs such as, bathing only hot spring inns, differentiation in bathtub types, large scale hot spring facilities for you to enjoy, and bathing springs with blissful views of Mt. Fuji, all contribute to Hakone’s ranking as the No. 1 hot spring town in Japan.

 

Remember though, hot springs aren’t the only attraction in town. Magnificent views of Mt. Fuji, up close viewings of active volcanos, and the beauty in autumn leaves and flowers will leave you breathless too.

 

Museums such as the Hakone Open-Air Museum [彫刻の森美術館], Hakone Garasunomori Museum [箱根ガラスの森美術館], and Pola Museum of Art [ポーラ美術館] give you plenty to see and are high in quality.

 

A little bit off the beaten path, yet still popular, is a “museum” called Mononofu no Sato Bijutsukan [もののふの里美術館] which you can experience being a samurai warrior.

 

Perhaps history and culture is more to your taste. If that is the case, walk yourself to Hakone Shrine  [箱根神社], Kuzuryu Shrine [九頭龍神社], or Odawara Castle [小田原城]

 

It’s important to eat right too. Historically, Hakone has been a popular destination for westerners and wealthy families or celebrities, therefore the quality of western meals is naturally high.

 

There are French style inns with a a restaurant, auberge, and hotel restaurants with authentic French cuisine. Aside from French dining, there are plenty of cafes, sweets, bakeries, and soba shops.

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Hot Springs [温泉]

 

As mentioned earlier, Hakone is all about hot springs which can be found in so many different areas with different minerals and effects.

 

At Hakone-Yumoto station alone, there are dozens of hot springs. It’s easy to be confused about which one to soak in. So, just for you, we’ve created the “10 most recommendable hot springs” by area. The list takes into account accessibility with public transport, and Japanese inns that allow guests not staying the night to use the hot springs or bath house.

 

Now if you can’t take getting naked in front of others or taking a bath among others you don’t know, you better rent a private hot spring.

 

It’ll cost you an extra 1,000 yen, but you have peace of mind and can enjoy the the awesomeness of hot springs all to yourself.

 

Hakone-Yumoto Area [箱根湯本]

 

① Hakone Yuryo [箱根湯寮]

 

The structure of Hakone Yuryo is a representation of traditional Japanese house, one that brings calm and peace to your soul. Not only the outdoor rock bath, but from the variety of baths available, guests can enjoy a vast scenic view of nature. There are 19 private outdoor baths which guests can reserve, the most in the area, for a separate fee from the public bath.

 

Address: 4 Tonosawa, Hakone, Kanagawa

[神奈川県箱根町塔之澤4]

Access: 3 min. bus ride from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅]

(bus ride is free, 1 bus every 10~15 min.)

Open: 10:00~21:00 (Sat, Sun, holidays open till 22:00)

Closed: only on maintenance days

Cost: [Adults]: 1,400 yen; [Child]: 700 yen

Amenities: Towels 250 yen, bath towel 450 yen, soap, shampoo, dryer are free

Tel: 0460-85-8411

Url: http://www.hakoneyuryo.jp/english/

 

② Tenzan Tohji-kyo [天山湯治郷]

 

Hidden along the river is Tenzan Tohji-kyo hot spring facility. Spacious and one with nature, their cave bath is just one of 4 outdoor hot spring baths. Choose between “Tenzan” [天山] which has restaurants along with baths and other facilities, or the more simplistic bath only facility, “Ikkyu” [一休].  Pay an extra 100~300 yen on weekdays (excluding Thursdays) and get access to both facilities.

 

Address: 208 Yumotochaya, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町湯本茶屋208]

Access: 3 min. walk from Okuyumoto Iriguchi bus stop [奥湯本入口].

From Hakone station, take the Hakone Tozan Bus headed for Hatajuku [畑宿]・Moto-Hakone [元箱根]. Alight at Okyuyumoto Iriguchi bus stop [奥湯本入口]].

Approx. travel time: 10 min.

or take the Ryokan Kumiai Junkai bus [旅館組合巡回バス] (10 min. ride)

 

Open:  [Tenzan (天山)]: 9:00~23:00; [Ikkyu (一休)]: 11:00〜20:00 (Sat, Sun, holidays open until 21:00)

Closed: [Tenzan]: N/A; [Ikkyu]: Wed.

Cost: [Tenzan]: Adults: 1,300 yen; Child: 650 yen

[Ikkyu]: Adults: 1,100 yen; Kids: 650 yen

Amenities: Towel: 200 yen; bath towel: 350 yen; soap, shampoo dryer: free

Tel: 0460-86-4126 (Tenzan) 0460-85-8819 (Ikkyu)

Url: http://tenzan.jp

 

③ Kappa Tengoku [かっぱ天国]

 

From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] it is the closest hot spring with an outdoor bath. Sitting on a hill and made from natural rocks surrounded in greenery, the hot spring is quite nice and the entry fee is cheap.

 

Address: 777 Yumoto, Hakone, Kanagawa

[神奈川県箱根町湯本777]

Access:  3 min. walk from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅]

Open: 10:00~22:00

Closed: N/A

Cost: [Adult]: 800 yen; [Child age 2〜12]: 400 yen

Amenities: Towel: 150 yen; bath towel: 1,200 yen; soap, shampoo, dryer: free

Tel: 0460-85-6121

Url: http://www.kappa1059.co.jp

 

④ Yumoto Fujiya Hotel & Yudokoro Soun [湯本富士屋ホテル•湯処 早雲]

 

Easily accessible on foot 3 min. from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅], the facility accommodates a large public bath, cypress bath, an outdoor rock bath, and low temperature sauna. It’s also possible to reserve a private family bath.

 

Address: 256-1 Yumoto, Hakone, Kanagawa

[神奈川県箱根町湯本256-1]

Access: 3 min. walk from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅]

Open: 12:00〜20:00

Closed: N/A

Cost: [Adult]: 1,800 yen; [ages 6〜11]: 1,000 yen; [ages 3〜5]: 500 yen

Amenities: Towel, bath towel, soap, shampoo, dryer, all free

Tel: 0460-85-6111

Url: http://www.yumotofujiya.jp/en/index.html

 

⑤ Tenseien [天成園]

 

The massive rooftop bath, measuring 17 meters long, captures a spectacular view of Hakone mountains and its surroundings. 12 private baths are available. The facility has everything you need, restaurants, a spa, etc. It’s also nice that it’s walkable from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅]

 

Address: 682 Yumoto, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Hakone

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町湯本682 ]

Access: 12 min. walk from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅]

Open: 10:00〜9:00 (next day) *open 23 hours

Closed: N/A

Cost: [Adult]: 2,484 yen; [elementary]: 1,242 yen; [age 3〜6]: 972 yen; [under age 3]: free (12 years of age and older: separate tax 50 yen)

Private reserved bath: 1 hour 2,160 yen.

Amenities: Towel, bath towel, soap, shampoo, dryer, all free

Tel: 0460-83-8511

Url: http://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/4306031/?ar=1406

 

Miyanoshita & Kowakidani Area [宮の下•小涌谷]

 

⑥ Hakone Kowakien Yunesan [箱根小涌園ユネッサン]

 

The hot spring spa resort is divided into “Yunesan” – a bathing suit bath “park” and “mori no yu” [森の湯] – a typical hot spring you enter naked. In Yunesan, you can try uniquely different baths such as “wine”, “coffee”, “Japanese sake”, “green tea”, etc. as well as a waterslide. Mori no Yu is more traditional with a cypress bath, ceramic bath, and a outdoor bath with a garden with a nice view of Hakone mountains.

 

Address: 1297 Ninotaira, Hakone, Kanagawa

[神奈川県箱根町二ノ平1297]

Access:

– Near Kowakien bus stop [小涌園]. From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] on the Hakone Tozan Railway line [箱根登山鉄道線] and ride either the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] or Izu-Hakone Bus [伊豆箱根バス]. Alight at Kowakien. Approx. travel time: 20 min.

or

– Near Kowakien bus stop [小涌園]. From Odawara station [小田原駅] via JR railway or Odakyu railway, ride either the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] or Izu-Hakone Bus [伊豆箱根バス].

Approx. travel time: 40 min.

Open: [Yunesan]: 9:00〜19:00; [Mori no Yu]: 11:00〜21:00

Closed: N/A

Cost: [All inclusive for Adult]: 4,100 yen;  [All inclusive for age 3〜12]: 2,100 yen

[Yunesan Only Adult]: 2,900 yen; [Yunesan Only age 3〜12]: 1,600 yen

[Mori no Yu Only Adult]: 1,900 yen; [Mori no Yu Only age 3〜12]: 1,200 yen

Amenities: Towel: 50 yen; bath towel: 100 yen; soap, shampoo, dryer: free

Tel: 0460-82-4126

Url: http://www.hakoneho-kowakien.com/en/

 

⑦ Hakone Tenoyu [箱根てのゆ]

 

5 outdoor hot springs with gazing views of Hakone nature, Hakone Tenoyu is a large facility with plenty of restaurants.  Their private rental hot spring is quite popular (prices start from 3,400 yen from 2 hours).

 

Address: 555 Sokokura, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町底倉 555]

Access: 13 min. walk from Miyanoshita station [宮の下駅]. From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本] ride the Hakone Tozan railway line [根登山鉄道線] and alight at Miyanoshita station.

Open: [Weekdays]: 11:00〜19:00; [Weekends/holidays]: 11:00〜20:00

Closed: N/A

Cost:

[Weekday Rate]: Adults: 1,300 yen, 900 yen after 17:00; Kids (age 3〜12): 400 yen, 400 yen after 17:00

[Weekend/holiday Rate]: Adults: 1,700 yen, 1,100 after 18:00; Kids (age 3〜12):

Amenities: Towel, bath towel, soap, shampoo, dryer, all free

Tel: 0460-86-1026

Url: http://www.tenoyu.jp

 

Sengokuhara Area [仙石原]

 

⑧ Hotel Green Plaza Hakone [ホテルグリーンプラザ箱根]

 

propped on hill a at elevation 860 meters, the view from the outdoor hot spring offers a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji, It’s pure beauty.

 

Address: 1244-2 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa

[神奈川県箱根町仙石原1244-2]

Access:

– 5 min. walk from Ubako bus stop [姥子バス停] on Izu-Hakone bus [伊豆箱根バス] from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅].

or

– From Shinjuku station west exit [新宿駅西口]  ride the Okdakyu Hakone Highway Express bus [小田急箱根高速バス] to Onsenso [温泉荘]. Approx. 2 hour bus ride.

http://www.odakyu-hakonehighway.co.jp/common/pdf/english.pdf

Open: 12:00〜15:00

Closed: 1st/3rd Thursday of each month

Cost: [Adult]: 1,600 yen; [Child]: 700 yen

Amenities: Towel, bath towel, soap, shampoo, dryer, all free

Tel: 0570-092-489

Url: http://www.hgp.co.jp/language/english/sp/index.html

 

Owakudani + Gora Area [大涌谷•強羅]

 

⑨ Kantaro no Yu [勘太郎の湯]

Found in the farther reaches of Hakone, fewer visitors allow you to take up more relaxing time in the spring in less of a crowd. It’s also nice that the entrance fee is cheap.

 

Address: 923 Miyagino, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町宮城野923]

Access: 2 min. walk from Miyagino bus stop [宮城野]. From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] take the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] bound for Kojiri Togendai [湖尻桃源台行き]

 

Open: [Weekdays]: 11:00〜19:00; [Weekends/holidays]: 10:00〜20:00

Closed: Fridays (open if holiday)

Cost: [Adult]: 800 yen; [Child age 3 or above]: 400 yen

Amenities: Towel: 300 yen; bath towel: 200 yen; Yukata: 300 yen; soap, shampoo, dryer: free

Tel: 0460-82-4477

Url: http://www.kantaronoyu.jp

 

Ashinoko Area [芦ノ湖]

 

⑩ Hakone Yu no Hana Prince Hotel [箱根湯の花 プリンスホテル]

Beautiful Skin Effects. Nestled in Hakone’s highest elevated hills is this luxury hot spring resort surrounded in astonishing natural serenity. The hot spring produces milky white spring that has beautifying effects on the skin, rejuvenating it to a more youthful state.

 

Address: 93 Ashinoyu, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町芦之湯93 ]

Access: 20 min. walk from Ashinoyu bus stop [芦の湯]. From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅], ride the Hakone Tozan bus line [箱根登山バス] for Hakone-machi [箱根町行き] for 30 min. Alight at Ashinoyu bus stop.

Open: 13:00〜18:00; [Sat/Sun]: 12:00〜18:00

Closed: N/A (during Jan./Feb. = Tue and Wed. both closed)

Cost: [Adult]: 1,700 yen; [Child age 6〜12]: 1,080 yen

Amenities: Towel, soap, shampoo, dryer: free

Tel: 0460-83-5111

Url: http://www.princehotels.com/yunohana/

 

Nature

 

Mt. Fuji [富士山]

Hakone is near Mt. Fuji, therefore we are introducing a few spots where Mt. Fuji can be fully appreciated without any interruption from the Hakone mountains.

 

① Moto-Hakone & Lake Ashi Area [元箱根・芦ノ湖]

 

This awesome location gives you an exceptional panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, and Hakone Shrine’s red gateway shrine in one shot. And if you are lucky enough to visit on a crystal clear morning, you can capture “upside down Fuji” or Mt. Fuji’s reflection off Lake Ashi.

 

In the area, 2 extraordinary vantage points from the hills of Hakone, 1 from the garden of Narukawa Museum [成川美術館], which exhibits modern Japanese paintings,  and the other, the once royal family’s cottage, Onshin Hakone Park [恩賜箱根公園], capture the beautiful calmness of Hakone with Mt. Fuji. We also recommend hopping on a pleasure cruise pirate ship that departs from Moto-Hakone area.

 

Access:

Take the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] and alight at Moto-Hakone-ko bus stop [元箱根港].

Approx. travel time: 30〜40 min.

 

② Hakone Ropeway & Owakudani [箱根ロープウェイ・大涌谷]

 

Catch a ride on the Hakone Ropeway and a picturesque scene of Mt. Fuji will appear in window in grand fashion, not to mention the vastness of Lake Ashi.

 

Sense the dynamism of nature’s beauty and power with one look out from the the highest altitude, Owakudani station [大涌谷駅]. There you will witness volcanic smoke rising from the volcano with Mt. Fuji in the distance.

 

Active Volcanos [火山活動]

 

Owakudani is the aftermath of 3,000 year ago a massive phreatic eruption. To this day, large amounts of water vapor bursts from the rock surface enveloping the area in white smoke that smells of sulfur, leaving a strong impact on visitors here to see that as part of the trip.

 

Don’t forget to eat the boiled black colored eggs, a.k.a. “kuro tamago” that are chilling in hot spring pond.

 

Okwakudani・Kuro Tamgo Hall [大涌谷・くろたまご館]

 

Address: 1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町仙石原1251]

Access: Near Owakudani station [大涌谷駅] on the Hakone Ropeway.

Open: 8:30~17:00 (depending on season)

Closed: N/A

Tel: 0460-84-8177

Url: http://www.owakudani.com/index_e

 

Lakes [湖]

 

Lake Ashi is simply beautiful. As mentioned earlier, its reflection of Mt. Fuji and the Hakone mountains are something to behold. Go ahead and enjoy yourself; take a stroll on the lakeshore, have a cup of tea at a nearby cafe, or be more adventurous and take a pleasure cruise on a pirate ship (though it is only 30 min. long).

 

Lake Ashinoko [芦ノ湖]

 

Address: Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町]

Access:

Short walking distance from the last stop. From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] ride the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] headed for Hakone-machi [箱根町行き] or Moto-Hakone-ko [箱根町行き] or togendai [桃源台]. Alight at the last stop.

Approx. travel time: 40 min.

Tel (General Info): 0460-85-5700

 

Boat Excursion Hakone Pirate ship [箱根海賊船]

 

Address: 161 Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashomo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町箱根161]

Access:

Near Moto-Hakone-ko [元箱根港] bus stop. From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] ride the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] headed for Hakone-machi [箱根町行き]. Alight at Moto-Hakone-ko [元箱根港].

Approx. travel time: 40 min.

Open: depends on course, approx. 9:30〜17:00

Closed: N/A (closed on poor weather conditions)

Cost: depends on course, approx. [adults (jr. high school or older)]: 360 yen or 1,000 yen; [Child (elementary school)]: 180 yen or 500 yen

Tel: 0460-83-7722

Url: http://www.hakone-kankosen.co.jp/foreign/en/index.html

 

Flora [草花]

 

If visiting Hakone during autumn, you mustn’t leave out “Sengokuhara Susuki Sogen” otherwise known as Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Fields. The grass fields stretch 180,000 square meters, shining in gold during the months of September to November. It’s a sight to behold.

 

Address: Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

Access: Near Sengoku Kogen bus stop [仙石高原] on Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス].

Url: http://www.hakonenavi.jp/season_special_contents/index/4

 

Museums

 

Hakone is quite famous for their wonderful museums too. If you are interested in that kind of thing, put it on your list of things to do. The most popular and famous is the Hakone Open-Air Museum or “Chokoku no Mori” [箱根彫刻の森美術館].  Surrounded in lush green nature, the museum exhibits large sculptures outdoors at its enormous campus. It is word-famous primarily for its collection of over 300 works of art produced by Picasso.

 

Now if you do get tired walking around looking at all the magnificent sculptures in the park, you can take a break at the museum’s own foot bath hot spring. This will no doubt recharge you. Restaurants and Cafes are on site too.

 

① Hakone Open-Air Museum “Chokoku no Mori” [箱根彫刻の森美術館]

 

Address: 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

Access: Near Chokoku no Mori station [彫刻の森駅] on Hakone Tozan railway [箱根登山鉄道]

Open: 9:00〜17:00

Closed: N/A

Cost: [Adult]: 1,600 yen; [university/high school]: 1,200 yen; [jr. high/elementary]: 800 yen

Tel: 0460-82-1161

Url: http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/

 

② Hakone Garasunomori Museum  [箱根ガラスの森美術館]

 

The museum exhibits around 100 shining Venetian glass works of art, around the museum and garden, from the 15th〜19th century. Decorated around the museum are crystal glass motifs of seasonal flowers and plants such as cherry blossoms, or Japanese pampas grass; however most impressive and brilliant is the glass illumination during Christmas season.

 

The restaurant in the garden is imaged after Venice with 6 cazone’s a day for you to enjoy.

 

Address: 940-48 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町仙石原940-48 ]

 

Access:

In walking distance from Hakone Garasunomori-mae [箱根ガラスの森前] bus stop. From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] ride the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] for Kojiri [湖尻] or Togendai [桃源台]. Alight at Hakone Garasunomori-mae.

Approx. travel time: 25 min.

※You catch a direct bus to the museum with Odakyu Highway bus leaving from Shinjuku or Tokyo station.

[http://www.odakyu-hakonehighway.co.jp/common/pdf/english.pdf]

Open: 9:00~17:30

Closed: N/A

Cost: [Seniors age 65 +]: 1,400 yen; [Adult]: 1,500 yen; [university/high school]: 1,100 yen; [jr. high/elementary]: 600 yen

Tel: 0460-86-3111

Url: http://www.ciao3.com/info/english/index.html

 

③ Pola Museum of Art [ポーラ美術館]

 

The Pola Museum of Art, a modern museum primarily exhibiting western works of art, proudly houses one of the largest and best Impressionism collections in Japan by artists such as Monet, Cezanne, and Renoir.

 

Built as if soakin up by the surrounding greenery of the Hakone mountains, the glass structure provides a refreshing atmosphere to enjoy the exhibits. Restaurants and shops also occupy space in the museum.

 

Address: 1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町仙石原小塚山 1285]

Access: Near Pola Bijutsukan bus stop [ポーラ美術館]. Ride the Shisetsu meguri Bus [施設めぐりバス] from Gora station [強羅駅] on the Hakone Tozan Railway line.

Open: 9:00~17:00

Closed: when museum exhibits are replaced.

Cost: [Adult]: 1,800 yen; [Silver (age 65 +)]: 1,600 yen; [university/high school]: 1,300 yen; [Jr. high/elementary]: 700 yen. (Free admission for Jr. high/elementary school kids on Saturdays).

Tel: 0460-84 2111

Url: http://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/

 

Hakone is dotted with wonderful museums, so if you are interested in checking out other exhibits visit the below link, it lists all the museums in Hakone.

http://www.hakonenavi.jp/english/basics/sightseeing/art.html

 

History & Shrines

 

Two shrines widely known as “power spots,” Hakone Shrine and Kuzuryu Shrine are settled on the lakeside of Lake Ashi.  The shrines are especially responsive to prayers of business or luck with money, and tying the knot. It’s so prominent even politicians, business leaders, and celebrities often visit.

 

① Hakone Shrine [箱根神社]

 

Constructed in 757, Hakone Shrine is well-known for its history and influence.

Historically great samurai Shogun leaders such as Yoritomo Minamoto and Ieyasu Tokugawa worshiped here.

 

Address: 80-1 Moto-Hakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町元箱根 80-1]

Access: 10 min. from Moto-Hakone bus stop [元箱根]. From the Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] on the Hakone Tozan line [箱根登山鉄道], ride the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] or Izu Hakone Bus [伊豆箱根バス] via Hakone Machi and Moto-Hakone [箱根町・元箱根行き]. Alight at Moto-Hakone bus stop.

Approx. travel time: 50 min.

Open: 24 hours  (treasure room 9〜16:00)

Closed: N/A

Cost: Shrine grounds: free; treasure house: 500 yen

Tel: 0460-83-7123

Url: http://hakonejinja.or.jp/

 

② Kuzuryu Shrine Main Shrine [九頭龍神社本宮]

 

The main shrine of Kuzuryu Shrine worships the guardian deity of Lake Ashi, also known as The Nine headed Dragon God. On the 13th of every month a festival is held in which women seeking fulfillment in love or success in love come in droves from all over Japan to pray.

 

Address: Hakone Kuzuryu no Mori Moto-Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町元箱根箱根九頭龍の森]

Access: From Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] ride the Izu-Hakone Bus [伊豆箱根バス] for Hakone-en [箱根園行き] and alight at the last stop. Walk for 30 min.

Approx. travel time: 90 min.

Open: 9:00〜17:00 (may change depending on season)

Closed: N/A

Entrance Fee: 500 yen

Tel: 0460-83-7123 (Hakone Shrine)

Url: http://hakonejinja.or.jp/

 

③ Hakone Mononofu no Sato Museum[箱根武士の里美術館]

(Experience wearing samurai battle armour)

 

The museum specializes in samurai battle armor. it displays over 500 types of armor, swords and arms, and Ukiyo-e art. Pay 1,500 yen and get a photo taken of you wearing real samurai armor made hundreds of years ago, with a samurai helmet “kabuto.”

 

Address: 817-580 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa

[神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町仙石原817-580]

Access:

– 7 min. walk from Sengoku annaijo [仙石案内所] bus stop. From Odakyu station [小田原駅] ride the Hakone Tozan Bus [箱根登山バス] headed for Kojiri and Togendai [湖尻・桃源台行]. Alight at Sengoku annaijo [仙石案内所].

– 1 min. walk from Shissei Kaen-mae or Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands [湿生花園前]. From Hakone Gora station [箱根強羅駅] ride the Hakone Shisetsu Meguri Bus [箱根施設めぐりバス] and alight at Shissei Kaen-mae [湿生花園前]

Open: [April〜November]: 10:00~17:00; [December〜March]: 10:00~16:00

Closed: [December〜March]: Wed and Thu. (open if holiday)

Cost: 800 yen

Tel: 0460-84-8177

Url: http://www.hakone.or.jp/560

 

At the entrance of Hakone area is the city of Odawara where Odawara Castle stands. Long ago, it was famous as being an impenetrable fortress, however when the samurai era ending with the start of the Meji Era (1870) the castle was once torn down and then rebuilt in 1960. It’s a well known place to take in seasonal flowers, especially during the cherry blossom season.

 

④ Odawara Castle [小田原城]

 

Address: Jonai, Odawara, Kanagawa [神奈川県小田原市城内]

Access: 10 min. walk from Odawara station [小田原駅]

Open: 24 hours; castle tower [天守閣] and history museum [歴史見聞館]: 9:00-16:30

Closed: N/A

Cost: Free; castle tower [天守閣]: 300 yen; history museum [歴史見聞館]: 300 yen; entry to both: 600 yen

Tel: 0465-23-1373

 

Shopping

 

Outlet Mall

 

The largest outlet mall in Japan, Gotemba Premium Outlet [御殿場 プレミアム・アウトレット] is near Hakone.

 

Round trip buses depart to and from Hakone-Yumoto station [箱根湯本駅] 3 times a day, Gora station [強羅駅] 10 times a day, and Sengokuhara [仙石原] 13 times a day.

 

100 km away from Tokyo, Gotemba Premium Outlet Mall is known as one of the largest outlet malls in the country, with over 200 tenants. Perhaps its distance from the city puts brands at ease, and the reason behind why there are so many luxury brands you can’t find at other outlet malls.

 

The overwhelming number of shops, and availability of A-list and popular international and domestic brands are the features of Gotemba.

 

On a beautiful day, shoppers are treated to a fantastic view of Mt. Fuji, a bonus for shopping at the mall.

 

Direct buses from Tokyo station [東京駅], Shinjuku station [新宿駅], Shinagawa station [品川駅], and Yokohama station [横浜駅] are available. It will take about 1 hour and 30 min. to arrive at Gotemba Premium Outlet.

 

For 10,000 yen, you can take part in a tour that leaves and returns to Shinjuku [新宿] stopping at the Gotemba Premium Outlet Mall, and surrounding tourist spots (Mt. Fuji, Hakone, hot spring area, etc.) Lunch is also included.

http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/one_day_tour/#bus1

 

Brand Shops:

Agete, Aigle, Anna Sui, Aquascutum, Armani, Balenciaga, Bally, Barneys New York, Bottega Veneta, Brooks Brothers, Celine, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Folli Follie,Furla, Gucci, Harrods, Hugo Boss, Jil Sander, Jill Stuart, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, MK Michel Klein, Montblanc, Nara Camicie, NewYorker, Paul Smith, Paul Stuart, Prada/Miu Miu, Ralph Lauren, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swarovski, Tag Heuer, TUMI, Valentino, Wedgwood, Zero Halliburton

Sports and Casual:

Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Banana Republic, Diesel, Eddie Bauer, Ellesse, Gap, L.L.Bean, Lacoste, Laura Ashley, Levi’s, Nike, Puma, Reebok, Swatch, The North Face, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour

 

Japanese Brands:

Beams, Cecil Mcbee, G-Shock, Isetan, Issey Miyake, Journal Standard, Nikon, Samantha Thavasa, Seiko, Tasaki, Tomorrowland, United Arrows

 

Address: 1312 Fukasawa, Gotemba, Shizuoka

[静岡県御殿場市深沢1312]

 

Access:

http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/access/

 

・By Direct Highway Bus

http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/access/bus/

 

Hassle free, best transportation method.

 

Bus departure/arrival points:

Tokyo station [東京駅], Shinjuku station [新宿駅], and Shinagawa station [品川駅].

 

Buses depart for the mall in the morning only between 8:30am〜10:30am

Busses leave from the mall in the afternoon only between 15:00〜20:00

 

Approx. travel time: 1 hour 30 min.

 

Notice: Buy your bus ticket at the bus ticket counter, otherwise you won’t be able to get on the bus.

You could reserve tickets online, but it’s all in Japanese, a hurdle too high for you perhaps.

https://www.kousokubus.net/PC/index.aspx

 

Cost:

Adult-one way: 1,650 yen; elementary child: 830 yen.

Adult-round trip: 2,880 yen

Included is a coupon book and a special gift.

 

・By Train

http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/access/train/

 

15 min. by free shuttle bus from JR Gotemba station [御殿場駅] via JR Gotemba line [御殿場線]

 

※Using the train is not recommended. It’s expensive, there are several transfer points, and takes longer to get there.

 

Open:

[March〜November]: 10:00~20:00

[December〜February]: 10:00~19:00

 

Closed: Once a year (3rd Thursday of February)

Tel: 0550-81-3122

URL: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/gpremiumoutlets

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