A Traveler’s Guide to Hakone
Hakone is a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Renowned for hot springs, natural beauty and the scenic view of Mt. Fuji, Hakone is a standout amongst the most mainstream destinations among Japanese and global vacationers searching for a break from daily routine life. My trip to Hakone was one I can never erase from the pages of my memory and why should i? It was simply enchanting, everything from the shrines to the onsens, gardens and Parks, as if I had stepped into a real life fairytale. If you are visiting anytime soon, make sure to take along a travel companion, who can pinch you every whenever you look at the attractions in Hakone and think it’s too good to be true. Read ahead for some of the most famous tourist attractions in Hakone.
Owakudani is the area around a crater made amid the last eruption of Mount Hakone about 3000 years prior. Today, a significant part of the territory is an active volcanic zone where sulfurous exhaust, hot springs and hot streams can be experienced. Furthermore, Owakudani offers picturesque views of Mount Fuji on sunny mornings. Here you can buy eggs, cooked in the normally boiling hot water, whose shells are darkened by the sulfur and which are said to increase one’s life by seven years.
The Hakone Glass no Mori
The Hakone Glass no Mori highlights Italian styled structures with a museum and shops. Outside is an expansive walking patio nursery encompassing a small lake. The patio nursery has various extensive glass sculptures laid about it, and also a cafe with an open porch toward one side where live Italian balled performances are held. The Glass no Mori’s Venetian Glass Museum houses a collection of more than 100 bits of Venetian glassware. It shows both modern and ancient works in all structures including vases, cups, lights and sculptures.
Lake Ashinoko was formed in the cavity of Mount Hakone after the volcanic eruption 3000 years back. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the image of Hakone. The lake’s shores are for the most part undeveloped with the exception of residential communities in the east and north and a few lakeside resort inns. The best views of the lake with Mount Fuji can be seen from Moto-Hakone, from the Hakone Detached Palace Garden and from the touring boats that cruise the lake.
Hakone Shrine is located at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine structures are covered up in the thick woodland, however are very much publicized by its gigantic torii entryways, one standing unmistakably in the lake and two others over the main road of Moto-Hakone.
Gora Park is fundamentally a French styled park highlighting a vast fountain and a rose patio nursery. The park has two nurseries, one housing a tropical organic garden while the other contains a bloom garden. Moreover, there is a cafe just above the fountain, and also the Hakuun-do Chaen teahouse.