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Explore the Thrills of Adventure Travel in Hakone, Kanagawa

by Tom Roseveare

Nestled in the picturesque Kanagawa Prefecture, the Hakone region invites adventure seekers to embark on an exhilarating journey that combines the beauty of nature with heart-pounding outdoor activities. On this whirlwind adventure through Hakone, you can go kayaking at Lake Ashi to see a unique view of Hakone Shrine’s floating red torii gate, try your hand at the traditional art of Yosegi-zaiku secret boxes, and embrace the thrill of mountain biking with Hakone Mountain Ripper.

Kayaking with Ashinoko Club

Begin your day by immersing yourself in the stunning waters of Lake Ashi. Ashinoko Club, a kayaking provider that operates from a small pier near Hakone Hotel, offers the perfect opportunity to explore this scenic lake from a unique perspective. Paddling on the tranquil waters, surrounded by Hakone’s iconic nature, is an experience like no other. With your guide, glide across the lake’s waters to reach Hakone Shrine and a special view of the red torii gate, while catching views of Hakone’s famous pirate ships along the way. Ashinoko Club provides all the necessary equipment and expert guidance, ensuring your safety and enjoyment.

Trying Yosegi-zaiku at Maruyama Bussan

After a thrilling kayaking session, take a short journey along the shore to the Hakone Checkpoint area to find Maruyama Bussan, where you can learn about the ancient Japanese craft of yosegi-zaiku secret boxes. Maruyama Bussan offers a hands-on and immersive workshop experience of this marquetry style unique to Hakone, where you’ll get to make your very own puzzle box masterpiece. It's a chance to connect with Japan's rich craftsmanship heritage and take home a piece of this timeless art.

Mountain Biking on the Northern Shore of Lake Ashi with Hakone Mountain Ripper

As the day progresses, head to the northern shore of Lake Ashi, where an adrenaline-pumping mountain biking adventure awaits with Hakone Mountain Ripper. Surrounded by lush forests and striking scenery, you'll navigate thrilling trails, challenging terrain, and forested paths. Whether you're a seasoned mountain biker or a novice, the picturesque landscapes and refreshing air make this experience unforgettable. Hakone Mountain Ripper offers a variety of courses with bike rental, water, breaks and accident insurance included.

In a single day, you can kayak on the serene Lake Ashi, explore the art of yosegizaiku, and embrace the thrill of mountain biking in Hakone. This adventure is a perfect blend of nature, culture, and outdoor excitement, offering a taste of the diverse and vibrant experiences this region has to offer. So, gear up and get ready to make your visit to Hakone an unforgettable one.

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