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  • 98%
    Local Culture
  • 88%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 76%
    Wellness
  • 75%
    Family Travelers
  • 63%
    Luxury Travelers
  • 63%
    History Buffs
  • 62%
    Adventure Travelers
  • 62%
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  • HakonePro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jul 21, 2014

    This is a very nice area for the countryside of Japan. Lakes, mountains and parks give you a restful area to visit.

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  • HakonePro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 May 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.

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  • HakonePro 2014
    Laurel W
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    4 Jan 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:Local Culture
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    Elvira Vanag
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    5 Aug 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:Family TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Christell Berger
    5 Apr 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.

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    Chris Kompst
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    4 Dec 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.

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    Little J
    4 Aug 31, 2012

    We took a Rope car up to the Volcanic valley “Owakudani” where they make famous black eggs. Somehow, an egg, once placed inside the natural volcanic hot spring becomes black after some time and it is considered a delicacy

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    Yanti
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    4 Jul 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.

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    Paige Camerino
    5 Jul 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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    Chiu-Ki Chan
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I went to Hakone on my first trip to Japan, and have fond memories trying hot springs for the very first time. It was a very scenic town, and I'd like to head back to hike up Mt Fuji some day.

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    Radhika Delfosse
    5 Jul 03, 2012

    Hakone is beautiful. I went there and then hiked Mt. Fuji, which was awesome. It took 13 hours starting at sundown. I don't think I'll do it again but I'm glad I did!

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    Amy Beal
    4 Jul 03, 2012

    Hakone is easy to reach by train from Tokyo, and offers very pretty scenery. Enjoy a view of Mount Fiji and relax in a hot spring.

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    Asato Enomoto
    5 Sep 19, 2011

    何度行っても楽しいです。ゆったり落ち着いたり、アクティブに楽しんだり、その日の気分で動けるのも魅力ですね。主要観光スポットへはバス等をメインに移動しますが、連休などは座れないことが多いです。うねる山道をずっと立って往くのは辛いので、(乗り物酔いする人は特に)時間をずらすかマイカーの利用を。

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    Joyce Ng
    3 Aug 02, 2013

    Close to the hot springs. Very relaxing area.

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    Karen Swanfield
    5 Jan 06, 2013

    a side daytrip outside Tokyo, onsen and country side

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    Raffaello Cattarossi
    5 Sep 01, 2012

    VERY BEAUTIFUL TO SPEND A VIST IF YOU IN JAPAN

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    5 Mar 24, 2012
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    sk-inc
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    4 Jul 16, 2012
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    3 Apr 29, 2013
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    3 Jan 23, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
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