One of Japan’s most popular travel destinations, Hakone offers amazing views of Mount Fuji, a chance to relax in hot spring resorts and explore the cool blue waters of Lake Ashinoko, where the red torii Gate of Peace stands tall on the shoreline. Hike the misty forest trails to visit the Hakone Shrine and ride the network of cable cars to discover more of this stunning region.
The Hakone Circuit is a three-hour round-trip, involving trains, cable cars and boats to enjoy some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. But for those with longer, the Full Hakone also takes in a visit to Odawara Castle, hot springs bathing, the international sculpture museum and a cable car ride over the extraordinary sight of Owakudani, bubbling with volcanic activity.
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Surrounded by bamboo trees and hills, Yoshimatsu is a traditional ryokan with beautiful outdoor hot spring baths and a traditional Japanese garden. Rooms come with private hot spring baths and the stunning kaiskei cuisine is some of the best in Hakone.