Just a short hop from Tokyo, Hakone is the perfect addition to your luxury tailor-made tour of Japan. A striking volcanic region, it is renowned for its National Park, towering peaks, shimmering lakes, famed Mount Fuji, fascinating geothermal activity and delightful natural hot springs, known locally as onsen. Explore by boat or thrilling cable car, before returning to your authentic ryokan for delicious Japanese cuisine and genuine hospitality. Hakone also houses a number of world-renowned art galleries and ancient Shinto shrines, perfectly combining natural treasures with cultural discovery.
Hakone's Hot Springs
Created by nearby Mount Fuji’s volcanic activity, Hakone National Park is characterised by lush forests, shimmering lakes and over a dozen natural hot springs. You can bathe in these fascinating feats of nature while sipping tea, surrounded by dazzling volcanic views. This naturally heated water also sources the baths in many traditional ryokans, offering a more private bathing choice.
The Hakone Ropeway offers an incredible cable car experience, soaring over the bubbling hot springs and sulphurous fumes of the Owakudani volcanic valley. After a scenic ride – on which you may even catch glimpses of Mount Fuji - a short stroll from the station takes you past the fascinating heated pools and steam vents. The area is renowned for its unique black eggs, boiled in the sulphurous waters and said by locals to add seven years to your life span if eaten!
As well as staying in a traditional Japanese ryokan, your escape to Hakone guarantees an immersive and fascinating cultural experience. Located at the foot of Mount Hakone, Hakone Shrine is first recognised from its striking torii gates overlooking beautiful Lake Ashi, that lead through the thick forest to the main building. For a taste of traditional Japanese living, visit Amazake-chaya, a historic thatched teahouse that has been serving authentic amazake and mochi for over 360 years.
An Art Lover's Paradise
Hakone Open Air Museum is an incredible collection of 19th and 20th-century sculptures and art installations by renowned artists from Japan and beyond. The Picasso Pavilion features more than 300 of the famed painter’s masterpieces, while a number of Henry Moore’s abstract sculptures are also yours to peruse. Completed in 2017, the Enoura Observatory is just a short drive from Hakone in the coastal district of Odawara, affording panoramic views over the Bay of Sagami. A project from renowned photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, the stunning venue is simultaneously a performance space, gallery, art installation and tea house.
Hakone generally experiences warm, humid summers with July and August seeing the highest temperatures. The region also experiences cold, clearer winters with some snow. Due to the geography of the region, rainfall and cloud cover is significant year round. Spring - between March and May - is a popular time to visit, with less rain, pleasant temperatures and Japan's iconic cherry blossom.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Hakone & Mount Fuji .
London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda International Airport and Narita International Airport with British Airways and Japan Air. 11 hours 40 minutes from London Heathrow to Tokyo.
Hakone can be accessed from by bullet train in around 30 minutes or by road in around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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