Hakone Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 88%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Family Travelers
- 63%Luxury Travelers
- 63%History Buffs
- 62%Adventure Travelers
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- HakoneMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersMay 20, 2014
Despite the hoards of daytrippers that crowd the hot springs and the scenic viewpoints of Mt Fuji, Hakone is still a relaxing place to visit if you stick around for dinner and stay overnight in a traditional ryokan (inn) with private pools and views.Recommended for:
- HakoneMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversJan 14, 2014
Just a short train ride from Tokyo takes you to this area known for its onsen, hot springs. Many people visit on a day trip but staying at one of the ryokans is the best to really enjoy the onsen and traditional inn experience.Recommended for:
- HakoneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Aug 15, 2013
Hakone (located somewhere between Kyoto and Tokyo) is an area in the mountains with lots of hot springs and hotels and small "bed & breakfast" type of places (called ryokan) where people come to relax and heal their ailments in slightly alkaline hot water. It also has a lot of attractions (including seeing Mt. Fuji on a clear day) and fun things to do, so you can combine hot springs with exploring the area. It’s an easy day trip from Tokyo if you just want to do sightseeing.Recommended for:
- HakoneApr 20, 2013
An easy train ride to Odawara with the JR pass. Used the courtesy hotel shuttle but you can take another local train up to Gora as well. Took a taxi back to Odawara becuase of luggage hassles. Its an easy but not the cheapest option. Wish I stayed one more day to maybe 2.5 days to see more. Lounged in the Hyatt hotel first evening. Mt Fuji was on clear display the following day, so the cable car and ropeways filled the day. Was also able to hit the Open Air Museum that day. Did not have time to get to explore more of the Gora and other little towns in this area but woudl've liked that. It does require some timing logistics.
- HakoneMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersArt & Design LoversDec 08, 2012
Hakone is a resort town, with great views of Mount Fuji and it's reflection in the lake, spectacular colors in the fall, and cherry blossoms in the spring. It also has many onsen, or hot springs. It's a tourist town for Japanese, so it's often crowded.
- HakoneMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersGreen Travelers+ 2Jul 29, 2012
I would recommend this place to be explored - there are so much to see and explored. Need to spend one whole day, at least. It can be quite crowded on weekend as locals would also come here.
- HakoneJul 04, 2012
A town rich in nature, history and culture, there was never a single dull moment in Hakone.
From delighting in a cup of tea at a very wabi-sabi teahouse to using an onsen where a cotton yukata awaited me post-bath, I was very fortunate to have gotten something relatively akin to an insider's experience.
At the ryokan (or the traditional Japanese inn), I had the pleasure of popping my onsen cherry. I bathed in the hot springs à la Japanese, and, after getting over my first-time jitters (you'll know why when you experience it for yourself!), made the transition from being “taken aback” to being “taken by” all of it. It was truly an enlightening experience.
To really get the most out of your own experience, I suggest following suit, and in addition, trying the kuro tamago (which is said to lengthen your life by seven years) as well as riding the ropeway and/or the sightseeing ship.
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