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.
Hakone Gora Park
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 feel and effect of onsen will vary depending on the spring water's characteristics and minerals. Some invigorate the skin, while others are said to be effective for symptoms such as high blood pressure or eczema. The hot springs (onsen) of Hakone have long been called "Hakone 17 Toh" (17 noted hot springs in Hakone), and as the name suggests, visitors can enjoy the different therapeutic properties of the onsen found throughout Hakone.
In addition, there are many different styles of spas such as open-air baths (rotemburo) and large public baths. In some onsen spas, there are private open-air baths available where families or couples can enjoy the hot springs in comfort and privacy.
What's more, there are mini-onsen experiences with footbaths (ashiyu). These footbaths are quite simply wonderful for reviving those tired feet after a long sightseeing stroll.
There is a new one-day spa at Hakone Yumoto. It's a spa in the forest. With forest cuisine. Hakone Yuryo has 19 private rooms (the largest in the greater Tokyo area), each with its own open air bath, as well as large public baths, food cooked over an Irori hearth, and a whole range of different relaxation options. The facility has everything you could ask for in an one-day spa. You can even come just to eat at the restaurant.
The spa's 5 hot springs bubble up about 270 liters of piping hot water every minute, which is a generous 390,000 liters a day. You can take your pick and enjoy a variety of open-air baths. How about a jet bath, or a plasma bath, or a bubble bath, or a cascading bath. In addition, there is a private bath available (1,100yen for a deeply relaxing 45 minutes).
A day hot spring spa located in Hakone. Yunessun is an amusement spa resort with 18 dynamic attractions including a Mediterranean themed baths and a wine spa which can be enjoyed in your swimsuit. Other facilities include the Mori No Yu resort zone, a relaxing naked zone where you can enjoy open-air bathing. At Yunessun, there is so much to do, that quite honestly even a whole day's stay may not be enough.
A teahouse with a grand view of Mount Fuji. Its Gotemba Mikuriya Soba (soba noodles made in Gotemba city) and local Gotemba milk ice cream are absolutely delicious. The famous spring water of Fujimi no Mizu is found in its gardens, and visitors are free to take some away.
The Togendai View Restaurant is located in the Togendai Station. From the large windows of the spacious restaurant, a magnificent view of Lake Ashi can be enjoyed. A wide selection of lunch and teatime offerings are sure to appeal.
The soba noodles, made of Japanese mountain yam, eggs, buckwheat flour and wheat flour without any added water, have a good firm texture. Seiro soba (soba noodles served on a wooden steamer with a mat of woven reeds) served with Japanese mountain yam and nori (seaweed) are highly recommended.
The Fujiya, the main dining attraction at the Fujiya Hotel is a famous French restaurant established on the day of the hotel's opening. The traditional beef curry is the renowned signature dish of this restaurant.
An unusual museum of toys, especially celluloid dolls and characters, as well as rarities including records and other collections. A chance to slip back into the past, and enjoy the nostalgia and craftsmanship of bygone times.
The Hakone Carry Service counter in Hakone-Yumoto station provides baggage delivery service to your place of accommodation. When you check out, they will deliver your baggage back to Hakone-Yumoto Station.
Haku-undo Tea Garden is a collective name for the elegant tea houses located in the Hakone Gora Park and among them, Haku-undo has pride of place. The Japanese tea setting is popular among many visitors, and is a valuable opportunity to experience this Japanese tradition.
The Hakone-jinja shrine has traditionally been a place for travelers to pray for a safe journey and good fortune, and in more recent times the shrine is now famous for being a place flowing with mystical energy.
During the Edo period, checkpoints (Sekisho) were built at any important points along the main travel routes of Japan. The Shogunate government were keen to enforce taxation and censorship. The checkpoint isn't the original one, but this one is authentic in every detail and made using the original carpentry and masonry techniques of the Edo period.
Yosegi is a traditional handicraft that has been handed down since the end of the Edo period (1603-1867). Subtle geometrical patterns are created by combining many colors, grains and textures of wood. Kanazashi Woodcraft Hall displays and sells the works of Yosegi artists in its vast shop interior.
A quiet hotel located in woods by the shore of Lake Ashi. A natural hot spring and the gardens surrounded by nature are the star attractions of this hotel. From the green lawn of its front garden and meandering paths, you can fully enjoy the changing seasons. Lake Ashi, Owakudani, and a handful of galleries and museums are only a short distance away. With the bus, Ropeway and cruise ship all only 3 minutes away on foot, the hotel is an ideal base for Hakone excursions.
*In April, 2013, YUBO – MAYU NO MORI reopens!
Enjoy the delights of this outdoor bath space, with its tent-shaped sauna designed in a "cocoon" ("MAYU" in Japanese) motif.
The hotel located in Sengokuhara, a renowned Hakone art spot is surrounded by 50,000 m2 of rich and verdant nature. It's all just waiting for you to enjoy a relaxing stroll among its lawned gardens, or if you're hungry then taste the innovative "French-Japonais"cuisine, a mix of traditional French cooking with Japanese ingredients and techniques.
The hotel is located on the shores of Lake Ashi with a beautiful view of Mount Fuji. In the garden, you can enjoy seasonal plants and flowers. A selection of French dishes and Japanese traditional Kaiseki dishes are available in restaurants overlooking Lake Ashi. We recommend its spa with a magnificent view of Lake Ashi, and the natural hot spring source gushes into the Azalea Bath (Tsutsuji No Yu), which is the best on the Lake Ashi shore.
A hotel with a feminine touch where guests are greeted with warm hospitality and an emphasis on comfort. You can enjoy traditional Kaiseki dishes which are exquisitely prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients. The source of the hot alkaline spring at Hatsuhana gushes out here and has been dubbed "A bath to make beauties," there are as many as 7 different baths available for female guests. In addition, rooms fitted with an en-suite open-air bath are also available.
Not only Japan's largest fashion outlet mall, but a mall with a view of Mount Fuji. How does it get any better than that... Enjoy shopping in the many directly managed stores of top overseas brands as well as a collection of stores run by popular Japanese labels. The Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus connects Gotemba Premium Outlets® with Shinjuku and Hakone Togendai.
Tamago-jaya The black eggs of Owakudani are boiled eggs cooked by ground heat and a reaction to the volcanic fumes. The egg shell is completely black, but the inside is pure white. Legend says eating just one black egg extends your life by 7 years. Tuck in!
The souvenir shop Hakone No Ichi (Hakone market) located within the Hakone-Yumoto Station building has a wide selection of goods from many Hakone souvenirs to some unique rarities only available in this store.
An official Evangelion store opened in Hakone, where the anime story takes place. Official Evangelion goods with a twist of Japan such as teacups and hand towels can be purchased. The store's original goods can be found here, making this a must-see for anime fans.
Hakone Maruyama Bussan Hakone parquetry is an elaborate style of wooden mosaic work using a variety of different colored woods cut into geometric shapes. It is unique to Hakone, and these traditionally and individually made handicrafts are a favorite with tourists. The parquetry boxes known as secret boxes are especially popular as souvenirs and were given a British award in the 2008 Japanese Souvenir Contest organized by the Japan Tourism Agency.
Marushima Honten Marushima Honten located in front of the Hakone-Yumoto Station has been around for over a 100 years, and specializes in the original hot spring dumplings. The round dumplings sweetened with either white or brown sugar syrup are stuffed with sweet bean paste.
Hakone Glass Forest Venetian Glass Museum The Hakone Glass Forest Venetian Glass Museum located in rich verdant Sengokubara is Japan's first ever specialist museum for Venetian glassware. In the museum shop, not only Venetian glass, but glassware from around the world, and many other beautiful accessories can be purchased.
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