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Bursting with sightseeing spots and onsen! A tour of Hakone's hidden delights

Western Area 5h

Hakone is famous for its onsen, but this course introduces visitors to the Sekisho Karakuri Museum, where more than 100 automatons are displayed, and Hakone shrine where the God of marriage is worshiped. It's popular to travel from Shinjuku to Hakone on the romance car, but there are some great out-of-the-way places to be found when taking the Odawara bus.

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Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise offers sightseeing boats that sail around Lake Ashinoko, a popular spot in Hakone. There are three boats: Royal II, Victory, and Queen Ashinoko, and passengers can board the cruise at any of the three ports along the edge of the lake. Those ports are Hakonemachi-ko, Motohakone-ko, or Togendai-ko. We recommend the cruise that leaves from Motohakone-ko, as you can vi...

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Sekisho Karakuri Museum

Sekisho Karakuri Museum, located near Hakone Sekisho, specializes in wooden mosaic work. From "Saku Karakuri Boxes" to "Electric Secret Boxes", the museum boasts a collection of roughly 100 finely made Karakuri boxes. You are allowed to reach out and feel the wooden works of art, so you can enjoy solving the puzzles. At the museum shop you can buy a variety of exquisite wooden goods.

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Hakone-jinja Shrine

Hakone Shrine has been considered to be one of the most prestigious shrines in the Kanto region and is the site of prayers for traffic safety, realization of wishes, and good luck/expelling bad luck. The origin of the shrine dates back to the reign of Emperor Kōshō, about 2,400 years ago, when the holy priest Shosen was enshrined as the object of worship in Komagatake, Hakone, which since that ...

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