Hakone, Japan, is a mountain town in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park that's famed for its hot springs, panoramic Mount Fuji views and an iconic Shinto shrine with a red torii gate. You can tour Lake Ashi by boat and see the shrine from the waters, as well as explore the Owakudani Valley sulfur springs. The hot springs are known as Onsen. Yunessun is a modern version of an indoor hot springs spa for adults that you'll certainly want to experience. The natural beauty of this region cannot be understated, and you can learn all about its history at places like the Hakone Open-Air Museum.

    Other popular destinations in Hakone include the Pola Museum of Art and Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, also called the Glass Forest. Among the most popular times to visit here is early spring, when the cherry blossoms erupt to paint the entire landscape a brilliant pink.

    Where & what to eat in Hakone

    Food and dining in Hakone allows you to experience authentic Japanese cuisine with fusion food, local color and food specialties that you can only find in regional restaurants here. The signature delicacy of this region is kuro tamago, or black eggs. It's made by boiling eggs in 80° C spring water for an hour, then moving them to 100° C water for 15 minutes. The exposure to volcanic gas turns... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Hakone

    • 9 Best Places to Go Shopping in Hakone

      Hakone is full of worthwhile places to go shopping. Followers of fashion will love the outlet malls and department stores, while crafts and traditional candies make for excellent souvenirs. Specialist anime shops are another must-visit for fans of anime culture. For seafood, your best bet is to go to Odawara and Atami. It's easy to get there by train...

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      Our Hakone Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help you plan your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Japan. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What's the weather like? How can I get from Tokyo Haneda (HND) Airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug...

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