Hakone is a town in Ashigarashimo District in Kanagawa Prefecture and is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Located less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo, it is most known for hot springs, natural beauty and nearby Mt Fuji. Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from the bustling city of Tokyo.
5 Modes of Transport
One of the best things you can do when touring Hakone is take the 5 modes of transport around the place, and get the best possible views. You go by train, cablecar, ropeway, boat and bus.
Using these various modes of transportation, you make numerous stops along the way to visit the sites, as such;
This is a suggested day trip from Shinjuku (in Tokyo), but if you are planning on staying in Hakone, it means you can take your time and enjoy the destinations a little more.
Mount Fuji is located on the island of Honshu. It is the highest mountain in Japan at just over 3776m. Mt Fuji is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08 and lies about 100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo. On a clear day in Tokyo, you can actually see Mt Fuji in the distance. It is worshiped as a sacred mountain and is open for climbing during July and August via several routes. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Mt Fuji from Hakone.
Lake Ashi, also known as Hakone Lake, is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone. Two companies (Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats) operate boats between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi at the lake’s southern shores and Togendai and Kojiri at the lake’s northern end. A boat cruise from one end of the lake to the other takes approximately 30 minutes.
The Hakone Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the Ashigarashimo District of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is also known as the Hakone Gongen. The Shrine stands at the base of Mt Hakone and along the shores of Lake Ashi. The buildings are hidden by forest and greenery, but it is noticeable by it’s torii* gate. A path leads from the torii gate in Lake Ashi up a flight of steps in the forest to the main building of the shrine.
* A torii is the gateway of a Shinto shrine, with two uprights and two crosspieces.
Hakone Open Air Museum
Hakone Open Air Museum is Japan’s first open-air museum, opened in 1969. “Constantly changing with the seasons, our spectacular grounds are the permanent home for approximately 120 works by well-known modern and contemporary sculptors. We also have 5 exhibition halls including the Picasso Pavilion, as well as pieces where children can play, a footbath fed by natural hot springs, and a variety of other facilities where our visitors can relax and enjoy the splendor of art in nature.”
For more information: http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/english/
The Hakone Ropeway is the name of an aerial lift, as well as its operator. The service runs at roughly one-minute intervals. The 30-minute journey from Sounzan Station to Togendai Station, which sits on the shore of Lake Ashi, allows tourists to take in the amazing views of Lake Ashi, the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani and even Mount Fuji on a clear day. “We are sure that you will enjoy your stroll in the sky, as you find yourself surrounded by some of the most famous sights that Japan has to offer.”
To learn more: http://www.hakoneropeway.co.jp/foreign/en/
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