Hakone: Best Things to Do

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Hakone is a town located in Kanagawa Perfecture, Japan famous onsen or hot springs.

It is one of the most popular and accessible city from Tokyo, Japan.

The city is boasting wonderful nature scenery to visit such as Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Lake Ashi is another destination to get panoramic view of Mount Fuji,

Do not forget to hunt for souvenirs along Shotengai street, in Hakone Yumuto area.



Take a tour to Lake Ashi as a famous tourist spot to view Mount Fuji from Hakone. From this place, you can see the panoramic view of lake and mountain since Lake Ashi lies along the southwest wall of volcano complex. In this attraction area, you can also enjoy hot springs or onsen, historical sites and also stay at Japan's traditional ryokan. Remember, the clear stunning scenery will be perfect during the colder seasons.


The heart of Hakone is located along shotengai street, just in front of Hakone Yumoto Station. This area is full of shops selling souvenirs and also street food stalls. Make sure to stroll along 200 meter long street and browse some souvenir stores here. One of the popular shops here is Hakone no Ichi. You will find a huge selection of hand-made stuff here.


Hunting for souvenirs is the real pleasure of traveling. In Hakone, the famous area for huge range of souvenir shops is in Hakone Yumoto. Visit Hakone Yumoto Fukuzumiya, one of popular souvenirs shop. They sell various hand-made products including wooden mosaic, hot-springs product, and many more. Besides, In Hakone Yumoto, you can also find Hakone street food store. Make sure to buy traditional street food such as Tsuki no Usagi, Yumochi, and Surimi Dango.


Hakone has plenty of local food specialties to offers for the travelers. Try the most popular one, Balck egg (Kuro Tamago), the signature delicacy of Hakone. It is hot springs' boiled eggs that have black color because of the chemical reaction with geothermal heat and volcanic gas. Do not forget to try a unique fish cake namely Kamaboko. Red and white Kamaboko are the most common to served since those are believed to bring good luck. Lastly, sample the Hakona beer for the real traditional drink.


Hakone has long and intersting history that reflected through some celebrations and festivals every year. Some festivals and fireworks usually hold in summer. You can find Ashinoko Kosui Matsuri as one of the ceremonies on the water of the Dragon of Lake. You can also discover a historical parade where many local people wearing traditional costumes, called The Feudal festival.


If you look for the perfect time to visit Hakone, you may go there between March to May. You will get a pleasant or warm temperature during your trip in Hakone.


Hakone has a lot of ways to make your trip great, one of them is through the accommodation. Staying at a unique hotel with Mount Fuji view is unforgettable. Head to Hotel Green Plaza Hakone for seeing the majestic mountain view from your room. Do not skip to experience Japanese traditional ryokan. Go book a room at Matsuzakaya Honten, one of the best ryokan in the city. This 4-star hotel has a private hot spring bath and a terrace. You can also find Asian breakfast in this place.

Matsuzakaya Honten

Absolutely incredible stay.

Absolutely stunning facilities and room is beautiful and has a lovely private hot spring and garden.

Staff is friendly and attentive of guest needs.

This place gives you an authentic Japanese experience

Address : 57 Ashinoyu, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0523, Japan

Hotel Green Plaza Hakone

A beautiful Hotel with excellent dining rooms.

Good up-to-date room with an excellent view, large selection at dinner and breakfast.

The whole hotel looks very nice and the service is great.

The women's onsen has a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji

Address : 1244-2 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan


Not only attracts the visitors from its onse, Hakone also has list of restaurants that make your trip more memorable. Itoh Dining by NOBU is one of the favorite places to sample Japanese food. You can find a wide choice of lunch sets such as teppanyaki, steak, salad and many more. All the menus and restaurant's decorations make this place a special one. If you are looking for a Vegan option, head to Tamura Ginkatsutei Honten. This restaurant has many choices of vegetarian, Japanese and Asian menus. They serve amazing portion with incredible taste for Hakone traditional food.

Tamura Ginkatsutei Honten

Nice ambience of Japanese restaurant.

It mainly serves toufu type cuisine.

The taufu katsu is their special and recommended menu.

Address : 1300-739 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0408, Japan

Itoh Dining by NOBU

This place is absolutely fantastic.

They offer perfect beef and fantastic dishes.

They also offer delicious steak.

The ambiance is so beautiful and unique.

Address : 1300-64 Gora, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0408, Japan


Naraya Cafe is a good place to spend your break time after exploring Hakone. Renovated from a Ryokan hotel, his cafe has a traditional atmosphere due to its ryokan roots. It's a great place work working, chill out, and see art works. There is a gallery exhibiting the work from various artists each month. While for coffee lovers, you can go to Utoka Coffee. The coffee here is not only just made, but it is crafted. You can decide what kind of coffee you want to taste because they have plenty unique coffee.

Naraya Cafe

Unique café with hot foot bath and view.

Delicious food and drinks and a hot foot bath while you relax

They offer great espresso coffee, great pizza.

It’s also a very special experience to have coffee while enjoying hot springs for foot.

Address : 404-13 Miyanoshita, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0404, Japan

Utoka Coffee

A cute coffe shop to chill.

They offer great coffee, with a wide selection to suit most tastes.

It is a real coffee and jelly shop

Their waiters are very kind.

Address : 226 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan


Gora Brewery & Grill is good option to hang out and spend your night time in Hakone. This restaurant & bar has large room and offers nature view. This is a unique place to try Hakone craft beer as well as the food. You may also go to Bar Hotel Hakone Kazan for a cozy place to enjoy cocktails.

Gora Brewery & Grill

Awesome place with excellent beer made at the restaurant and a great selection of food

Beautiful open dining area and a bar area with amazing seating.

Prize winning beer, amazing food, and a beautiful atmosphere.

The staff is so nice and very accommodating.

Address : Japan, 〒250-0408 Kanagawa, Ashigarashimo District, Hakone, 足柄下群箱根町強羅1300-72

Bar Hotel Hakone Kazan

Bar Hotel Hakone is truly a hidden gem.

The huge selection of drinks and cuisine will allow you to enjoy every minute.

The decor is very charming and welcoming to have a drink.

Their staff is polite and welcoming.

Address : Japan, 〒250-0406 Kanagawa, Ashigarashimo District, Hakone, Kowakudani, 4−507 箱根香山, 足柄下


Since Hakone boasting wonderful nature scenery, there are lots of interesting places to visit. Ōwakudani is one of most famous viewpoints in Hakone. Located in the area around crater, you can observe the volcanic activity, experiencing the hot spring, and also cooked in the natural hot water. Also visit The Hakone Open-Air Museum to explore indoor and outdoor exhibitions. This museum has harmonic balance of nature and art, therefore you can get a combination view of the surrounding and mountains.


Interesting geographical feature.

Nice view of the surrounding mountains.

The atmosphere and scenery is stunning the black eggs so much fun to explore the moment.

Probably the most beautiful view of Mount Fuji can be seen from up here.

Address : Japan, 〒250-0631 Kanagawa, Ashigarashimo District, Hakone, 仙石原

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

One of the most beautiful open air museums with a selection of amazing sculptures in a beautiful mountainous location.

It takes a whole day here to appreciate the artwork displayed in it.

The art and facilities are very well cared for by the museum staff.

An excellent travel destination especially if you love Picasso, abstract and fine art in symmetry.

Address : 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone, 足柄下郡 Kanagawa 250-0407, Japan


Hakone offers many great spots to get captured. Fuji Hakone Izu National Park is one of them. This national park includes a variety of of geographic features such as coastlines, mountain areas, lakes, natural hot springs. Also go to Hakone Venetian Glass Museum (Glass Forest) to capture Japan's first art museum specializing Venetian glass. You will find 15th to 19th century exhibits and modern pieces.

Hakone Venetian Glass Museum (Glass Forest)

A beautiful collection of glass objects from artists all over the world.

The location is especially scenic, surrounded by the mountains of Hakone

Definitely a unique experience and worth visiting.

Address : 940-48 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan

Fuji Hakone Izu National Park

One of the best place to visit in Japan.

Pretty well organized, maintained, and beautiful.

It has a part of the museum dedicated to part of Picasso's works and life.

A great place to bring children, as some works are interactive.

Address : Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan