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Lake Ashi is a lake located within the caldera of Mount Hakone. About 3,100 years ago, the eruption near Owakudani caused sediment to block the river flowing through Sengokuhara (known as Old Hayakawa), resulting in the accumulation of water upstream and the formation of the lake. Lake Ashi offers views of Mount Fuji and is popular both as a tourist destination and as a fishing spot for rainbow trout and smelt.
At Susuki Meadow in Sengokuhara, selected as one of Kanagawa's Top 50 Scenic Spots and Kanagawa's 100 Best Flower Spots, grass covers the slopes of Mount Daigatake. Experience the powerful sight of the enormous flames rising during the early spring field burning at Susuki Meadow.
The Old Hakone Highway
During the Edo period, this was a notorious difficult passage known as Hakone Hachiri. Today, the cobblestone from Hatajuku to the lakeside has been preserved, letting you reminisce about days gone by as you stroll.
Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands
This botanical garden primarily showcases plants that grow in wetlands such as marshes, rivers, and lakes. In addition to the 200 species from wetlands across Japan, nearly 1,700 types of plants including alpine flora and rare foreign mountain grasses bloom here throughout the seasons.
Hakone Gora Park
Stroll through Japan's first French-style formal garden and enjoy beautiful flowers and fountains throughout the seasons. At the Craft House workshop, try your hand at glassblowing and making dragonfly beads, for fun memories from your Hakone trip for children and adults alike.
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
The pirate ship connects Togendai Port to Hakone-Machi Port and Moto-Hakone Port in about 25-40 minutes. The view of Hakone from the lake is truly stunning. Inside the ship is 3D art and pirate puppets, making it fun for children and adults alike.
Hakone Lake Ashi Pleasure Boat
The Hakone Ashinoko Sightseeing Cruise entered service as Japan’s first catamaran in 1961. Currently, three catamarans operate on Lake Ashi. Catamarans boast twice the space of standard vessels and have superior stability. On the deck, enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view for a leisurely lake cruise.
Enjoy scenic aerial ride overlooking Owakudani Valley and the beautiful Mount Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway. Gondolas seating up to 18 passengers run nearly every minute, connecting Sounzan Station, via Owakudani Station and Ubako Station, to Togendai Station on the shores of Lake Ashi in about 25 minutes.
Sounzan Station, Ubako Station, and Togendai Station each have free parking nearby.
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The hot spring theme park Yunessan lets visitors bathe in swimwear and also features the Mori no Yu nude bathing zone with an open-air garden bath that blends with the nature of Hakone, as well as restaurants and more that make this place fun for children and adults alike.
Mishima Skywalk is Japan's longest pedestrian suspension bridge with a total length of 400 meters. In addition to spectacular views of Mount Fuji, Suruga Bay, and the mountain ranges of Izu, there are plenty of activities to get you moving in the forest across the bridge. With exceptional experiences to sate both body and mind, this place is conveniently located just 10 minutes by car from the Hakone Pass.
Venetian Glass Museum
The Hakone Venetian Glass Museum is Japan's first museum specializing in Venetian glass, situated in lush green Hakone Sengokuhara. (About 9 minutes by car)
Okada Museum of Art
Constructed on the site of Kaikatei, a hotel for Westerners that existed during the Meiji era (approximately 6,300 m2). The building, spanning five floors, has a total floor area of around 7,700 m2, with an exhibition space covering nearly 5,000 m2.
Artwork from ancient to modern times, primarily from Japan, China, and Korea, are displayed in this vast venue.
Doll House Museum Hakone
The Hakone Dollhouse Museum displays a collection of 1:12 scale miniature houses and crafts from around the world, curated by the museum director over 20 years.
This museum specializing in dollhouses and miniatures has garnered international attention.
Pola Museum of Art
Opened in Hakone Sengokuhara in 2002, this museum houses nearly 10,000 pieces, primarily Impressionist and other Western paintings. Both temporary and permanent exhibitions are hosted.
Lalique Museum, Hakone
René Lalique was an iconic jewelry and glassware designer of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco era. The Lalique Museum Hakone chronicles his life, offering an enriching experience where art resonates with nature. The garden, ever-changing throughout the four seasons, captures the essence of the flowers and plants Lalique held so dear. Enjoy a sublime day with the gentle breeze flowing from the stream.
The Hakone Open-air Museum
Experience the vast nature of Hakone as it changes with the seasons. The Hakone Open-Air Museum, making the most of its vast natural landscape, opened in 1969 as Japan's first open-air art museum.
Narukawa Art Museum
This museum stands atop a small hill, surrounded by lush green trees. During your visit, step outside through the museum's front glass doors and take a stroll in the garden. Here, enjoy the best view in Hakone.
Homma Parquet Museum of Art
Hakone Parquet is characterized by its intricate geometric patterns created by combining different wood grains and colors. Here, works collected since the Edo period are on display in an effort to pass down these historic and valuable parquet techniques and to prevent their disappearance. Experience the finest in Hakone parquet, created through a long history of traditional marquetry and the skills of master artisans.
Hakone Ekiden Museum
The Hakone Ekiden Museum is located right next to the outbound goal point of the Hakone Ekiden marathon, a New Year's tradition. Here, visitors can view famous episodes from past races.
Hakone Sekisho, originally built by the Tokugawa Shogunate on the Tokaido Highway during the Edo period, was restored to its original form in 2007. Visitors can have fun learning about the Edo period from a variety of perspectives.
Hakone Shrine, Hakonejinja
Known for its divine blessings of wealth, good fortune, business prosperity, and matchmaking, this shrine is widely recognized as the dragon god of Lake Ashi. On the 13th of the month, people from across Japan visit the main shrine for its monthly festival. A new Kuzuryu Shrine is located within the precincts of Hakone Shrine as well.