Ashinoko Club: Kayaking at Lake Ashi
Lake Ashi, called Ashinoko in Japanese, is one of Hakone’s most scenic natural retreats. Resting at the base of Mt. Hakone, this largely undeveloped lake is lined with lush seasonal foliage and even offers views of Mt. Fuji on clear days. This enchanting scenery has made Lake Ashi a popular destination for cruises and watersports, including kayaking!
Ashinoko Club, located on Lake Ashi’s southern end, is an excellent base for all your watersports needs. The rental facility offers three kayaking experiences that are suitable for visitors of all ages—a morning tour, an afternoon tour, and the Kuzuryu Shrine course. These guided kayaking experiences take between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the course, and offer unique perspectives of the renowned lake and encircling scenery.
One of the area’s most prominent photo spots is Hakone Shrine with its partially submerged torii (gate). This brilliant vermilion structure seemingly glows against the deeper tones of the forest beyond, making for an enchanting visual. If you are lucky, you may even be granted a view that encompasses both Hakone Shrine and Mt. Fuji!
If you plan on visiting Lake Ashi, a kayaking tour is guaranteed to make your experience a memorable one.
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9am–5pm (reservations accepted from 8am–8pm)
Afternoon Session / Kuzuryu Shrine Course
From Odawara or Hakone-Yumoto Station, take a bus to the Hakone Hotel (箱根ホテル前) bus stop—about 53 or 37 minutes, respectively. Then walk about seven-minutes to Ashinoko Club