The oldest French formal garden in Japan built at the beginning of the 20th century. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy a rich variety of plants and flowers. You will also find a craft workshop where pottery and glassblowing are practiced. If you want to be calm, then try out the Haku-undo Tea Garden teahouse and savor a cup of traditional Japanese tea.
In autumn, Sengokuhara becomes a waving sea of yellow Susuki pampas grass. The view of the wind chasing across the 180,000m2 of Pampas grass is simply breathtaking.
The Hakone Open Air Museum
The museum's outdoor grounds provide a splendid home to many artworks by well-known modern and contemporary sculptors such as Rodin, and visitors can relax and really enjoy the splendor of art in nature.
The museum set in an aristocratic building modeled on a Venetian medieval villa displays around 100 pieces of fine and elegant Venetian glassware. Among the collection of precious pieces exhibited, be sure to catch the cobalt blue goblet handed down through the Rothschild family. In the cafe terrace, you can enjoy tea to the soothing background music of canzone (Italian song). Very elegant and tasty.
Museum of Saint-Exupéry and The Little Prince in Hakone
The museum specializes in evoking the world of The Little Prince, and the life of Saint-Exupery, an aviator and writer of the much loved novel. The museum is set in grounds designed with a French theme reminiscent of Provence, which is strongly associated with Saint-Exupery, and exhibits include a film theater, photographs, letters and documents.
A volcanic crater lake famous for its beautiful view of Mount Fuji. The elegant sightseeing cruise and lake sports such as kayaking are very popular here. The view of Mount Fuji behind Lake Ashi, and the Hakone-jinja shrine seen from the cruise ship have long been considered to be the most iconic views of Hakone. In good weather conditions and with a calm lake, the view of Mount Fuji reflected on the mirror of Lake Ashi is just wonderful. This effect is affectionately known as Sakasa Fuji (reflected Fuji).
Owakudani is quite a place, unusual but worth the visit. A desolate smoking plain strangely located in verdant Hakone. Walking on the path set beside fuming clouds of steam and carbonic acid gas, you can see a real live smoking volcano. Be sure to try the rare and special Black Eggs, (link to the page) boiled eggs cooked by the ground heat and volcanic fumes.
Board the Odakyu Railway for a three-day, two-night tour of the line’s best sightseeing locales! The quaint atmosphere of Hakone, the historical capital of Kamakura, and the lovely coastal views of Enoshima—you can see them all with your three-day Hakone Kamakura Pass.
With just the addition of a limited express surchage, use your Discount Pass to enjoy the relaxed comfort of the Romancecar with reserved only seating. See the website for fares, sales locations and other information.