Located about 80 minutes from Shinjuku in Tokyo, Hakone is popular for its hot springs and views of Mount Fuji. In addition to these great features, however, Hakone also has an amazing variety of outdoor activities that you can enjoy. For example, hop on a mountain bike to explore the mountains and cycle around a lake, or go ziplining through the air for a burst of excitement. Here we take a look at seven exciting outdoor activities to do in the Hakone area.
Enjoy traversing adventure trails designed to blend completely into the trees and topography of the forest. Forest Adventure Hakone has two adventure courses that will arouse your sense of adventure and introduce you to the great outdoors of Hakone. You will be strapped on to an auto belay the whole time so it’s very safe. When you’re done, make sure to check out the Cliff Challenger, a seven-meter climbing wall located on-site that is free for adults and children. Forest Adventure Hakone is conveniently located only about three minutes away from Hakone-Yumoto Station by free shuttle bus.
Take the Hakone Tozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station. From there is a three-minute ride by free shuttle bus.
Glide through the air on the Long-ZIP Slide toward the Mishima Skywalk, the longest suspension bridge in Japan! The Long-ZIP Slide is one of the most popular things to do in Forest Adventure Mishima Skywalk. This 560-meter (round-trip) aerial adventure delivers an exquisite view of the World Heritage Site of Mount Fuji and panoramas of the cityscape below. You’ll feel like a bird soaring through the sky with the bracing wind on your cheeks. Two people (friends, couples, etc.) can also zipline together.
Take the Hakone Tozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station, transfer to the Hakone Tozan Bus (K Line) and transfer at Moto-Hakone bus stop to the Tokai Bus (N Line).
Alternatively, from JR Mishima Station, take the Tokai Bus (N Line), about 20 minutes
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun is a hot spring amusement park with lots of fun things to do both indoors and out. Among the fun outdoor activities is a zipline from which you can enjoy the Hakone mountainside while flying through the air on an exciting descent. Reaching up to 17 meters in the air, the zipline is a great thrill not to be missed.
Take the Hakone Tozan Line to Hakone-Yumoto Station, and transfer to the Hakone Tozan Bus (H Line). It is right next to the Kowakien bus stop.
Note: The zipline is in operation only in summer and fall. See their website for details.
Cycle around Lake Ashi on a mountain bike! Among the routes available, the Deep Forest Cruising Course is the most popular, taking you far into the woods of Hakone (fee: 8,500 yen). An easy ride even for beginner cyclists, pass through beautiful natural settings, including a gently inclining slope along the bank of the Hayakawa River. There are five tours in all, each taking between three and four hours to complete. Tours depart from and return to the Hakone Visitor Center. Guidance for bicycle operation is provided in English, so these tours are safe even for beginner cyclists.
Take the Odakyu Line to Odawara Station or the Hakone Tozan Bus to Hakone-Yumoto Station, and then take the Hakone Tozan Bus (T Line) to the Ubako Onsen Iriguchi bus stop. From there it is a two-minute walk.
This amphibious bus is named for a ninja technique of walking on water called water spider. Bringing to mind the image of ninjas arising from the waters of Lake Ashi, the Ninja Bus takes you on a tour covering both land and water. Enjoy the natural beauty of Hakone as you travel from the lakeside to the mountains. After this 30-minute land tour, the bus switches to the aquatic portion of the tour at Hakone-en Port for a 15-minute ride on the lake. The moment when the Ninja Bus takes the plunge into the water is a great rush!
Try your hand at trout fishing at the Hakone Miyagino International Trout Fishing Pond, located along the Hayakawa River which flows through Hakone and Miyagino. Filled not with river water but entirely with spring water, the pond is great for bait-fishing for rainbow trout. Fish as long as you like while the pond is open, but any fish that are caught must be purchased as there is a ban on releasing caught fish. The on-site staff will clean your fish free of charge. You can also eat the rainbow trout salt-grilled, a delectable treat!
Take the Odakyu Line to Odawara Station or the Hakone Tozan Bus to Hakone-Yumoto Station, and then take the Hakone Tozan Bus (T Line) to the Miyagino Eigyosho-mae or Miyagino bus stop. From there it is a three-minute walk.
URL:https://www.hakonemiyaginomasutsurijo.jp/ (website in Japanese)
Take in the beautiful views of Mount Fuji on horseback as you trek through scenery that changes with the seasons. On top of exploring the great outdoors, along the way you will learn how to guide your horse, and by the end of the trek you will become much closer with your horse and learn the joys of riding.
From the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal, take the Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus Hakone Line to Gotemba Station (about one hour, forty minutes). Alternatively, take the Hakone Tozan Bus (G Line) from Gora Station and get off at Gotemba Station (about 50 minutes). It is about 15 minutes by taxi from Gotemba Station.