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.
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.
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