Hakone Travel Guide

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Hakone Overview

Located in the far western section of the Kanagaaw Prefecture on the eastern side of Hakone Pass sits Hakone. To this day it is counted as one of the first tourist destinations in Japan, and between the epic views of Mount Fuji in the distance across the crystal waters of the Ashi Lake, the Hakone Gongen Shinto shrine, and the various hot springs and the beauty of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park or the Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, it becomes immediately obvious why this place has been so popular over the years with both domestic and foreign travelers. Between the history and the natural beauty there is no better place to spend a relaxing few days.

One of the preferred methods of seeing the surrounding beauty of the national parks and mountainsides is by taking one of the various rail lines both to and from the city, and there are various routes offered from Odawara, Mishima, Tokyo, and other towns. In fact, one of most popular items on the agenda for many travelers is to buy the Hakone Free Pass, which allows unlimited use of the various public transportation sources in the area for several day, the most important of which is the railways.

Hakone is a resort destination in many ways. The hot springs combined with access to the surrounding mountains make this an ideal retreat whether or not someone is looking to just get away for a few days or for a week or more. Be warned, however, that during the peak summer months the area is packed with travelers, so if you want to avoid the crowds it is best to come a month or two on either side of July and August. Whether you choose to boat across the lake, hike out through the parks, or soak in one of the various hot springs for the duration of your trip, Hakone is sure to provide you with exactly what are looking for in a Japanese mountain retreat.

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