Explore all Hakone has to offer

Western Area 9h

Hakone, popular for its easy access from the heart of the city, has magical landscapes that change with the seasons as well as museums, leisure facilities, and much more—you can be sure there's something for everyone.

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Hakone-en is a comprehensive recreational facility with many attractions, restaurant, and souvenir shops. It serves as a convenient base for sightseeing in Hakone as both the Ashinoko Lake Leisure Cruise and Komagatake Ropeway have stations here.

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Komagatake Rope-Way

A 7-minute ropeway ride leads to the summit of Hakone Komagatake, 1327 meters above sea level. The view from the summit offers the full landscape of Hakone, centered around Ashinoko Lake, with the splendid, panoramic view from the majestic Mount Fuji to the north all the way to Suruga Bay, the Izu Peninsula, the 7 islands of Izu, the Shonan coast, and the Boso Peninsula far away. The ropeway is...

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Peak of Mount Komagatake

Here you can enjoy a view of beautiful Mount Fuji and the Hakone somma (volcanic caldera). At the foot of Mount Komagatake, the central volcanic cone, you can see plants of windswept rocky areas such as Hakone Azaleas (small white flowers known as Hakone Kometsutsuji in Japanese).

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Hakone-en Aquarium

This aquarium opened in 1979 is the second highest aquarium in Japan. Hakone-en Aquarium consists of both fresh-water and salt water sections, and “Baikal Seal Square” displays over 32,000 sea and fresh-water creatures from 450 species. You can’t underestimate an aquarium on a mountain-top, as it features a sunken vessel in the massive 7 meter-deep tank with 1,255 tons of water, large sharks an...

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Lake Ashi Leisure Cruise

The Lake Ashi Leisure Cruise opened as the first catamaran cruise ship in Japan in 1920, and currently operates a liner service between the 4 ports of Hakone Sekisho-ato, Moto-Hakone, Hakone-en, and the terminal Kojiri. A circular route starting from one of the 4 ports and coming back to the same port through the other 3 ports is also available. As a catamaran features two parallel hulls of equ...

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【CAUTION! Volcanic gases are hazardous to your health. Do not enter this area if you have asthma, bronchial disease, respiratory disease, heart disease, etc.】 Ōwakudani is a popular tourist spot that attests to the past volcanic activity of Hakone. Actually a crater on Mt. Kamiyama formed by the last volcanic eruption of Hakone around 3,000 years ago, Ōwakudani still actively emits a w...

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