1. Hakone Shrine

Location: 80-1 Motohakone, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa, Japan. Save on Google Maps.

See the iconic bright orange torii gate standing on the serene waters of Lake Ashi. This one of the most photogenic spots I’ve seen in Japan! After taking photos from the lakeshore, follow the steep stairs up Komagate hill to see the main structures of Hakone Shrine. A cable car is also available. To get to Hakone Shrine, simply walk (600m) along the lakeside path from the Motohakone-ko cruise pier.

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2. Lake Ashi & Hakone Pirate Ship Cruise

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Created 3,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, scenic Lake Ashi is surrounded by mountains and a chance to get a different view of Mount Fuji from the lake’s southern edge. The best way to get around the lake is by cruising on the Pirate Ship. You can hop on/hop off at Togendai-ko, Motohakone-ko, and Hakonemachi-ko.

3. Owakudani Volcanic Valley & Sulphur Vents

Location: Ōwakudani Ropeway Station, Hakone. Save on Google Maps.

Have a unique experience & get close to an active volcano! Visit Owakudani to see the incredible scenery of sulfur pits. Don’t leave without a taste of the famous Kuro tamagotchi black eggs. Hard-boiled for an hour in the hot spring waters of Mount Hakone, this delicacy is said to increase your life expectancy by seven years.

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4. Hakone Ropeway

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Enjoy the magnificent view of Lake Ashi, Mount Hakone and, on a clear day, even Mount Fuji. The Hakone Ropeway ferries passengers between Togendai (Lake Ashi lakeside), Owakudani and Gora. This smooth and comfortable cable car ride is a must when in Hakone.

5. Mishima Skywalk

Location: 313 Sasahara Shinden, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-0012, Japan. Save on Google Maps.

Cross the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan! On a clear day, Mount Fuji is also visible from the 400-meter Mishima Skywalk. From Motohakone-ko, the bus ride to Mishima takes around 30 minutes.

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Where to go near Hakone

Lake Kawaguchi

Location: Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi. Save on Google Maps.

The lakeside town of Kawaguchi-ko offers one of the most beautiful views of Mount Fuji. Travel time by bus between Hakone and Kawaguchi is around 3 hours.

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Gotemba Premium Outlets

Location: 1312 Fukasawa, Gotemba, Shizuoka. Save on Google Maps.

With over 200 stores, the Gotemba Premium Outlets is one of Japan’s largest outlet malls. On a clear day, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Mount Fuji. Gotemba Premium Outlets is a popular stopover of organized Fuji day tours from Tokyo. You can also visit while you’re on your way between Kawaguchi-ko and Hakone.

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Places to visit in Hakone

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Where to Stay in Hakone

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