3 Hakone Sightseeing Spots/箱根の三つ観光スポット

Lake Ashi - Photo By Aimaimyi

My trip to Japan this December is less than a month away! So I’m planning more places that I’d like to visit. In addition to my top 3 Tokyo sightseeing spots, I plan to visit Hakone for the first time.


Hakone is close to Tokyo, and it is famous for its hot-spring resorts. There are many traditional Japanese inns, views of Mt. Fuji, and historical sites. I have heard that the views of Mt. Fuji are best during the winter (clearer air), which is when I’m going. Hakone is located in Kanagawa Prefecture, to the west of Tokyo.


I’ll only get to spend 2 days and 3 nights in Hakone, so I have to pick a few places that I’d like to visit while I’m there. So, here are my top 3 spots!


1. Lake Ashi/芦ノ湖

Lake Ashinoko formed in a volcanic caldera 3000 years ago after the last eruption of Mt. Hakone. The lake, in combination with Mt. Fuji in the background, is a famous symbol of Hakone. I love geology, so visiting geologically active Hakone is very exciting for me!

Lake Ashi - Photo By Aimaimyi

Lake Ashi – Photo By Aimaimyi


2. Owakudani (“Great Boiling Valley”)/大涌谷

Owakudani is a valley with volcanic activity including sulfurous fumes, hot springs, and boiling rivers. This volcanically active zone also formed during the last eruption 3000 years ago. You can also purchase famous black eggs cooked in the sulfurous hot springs, which are said to prolong your life by 7 years. Owakudani also has spectacular views of Mt. Fuji on clear days.


Owakudani – Great Boiling Valley


3. Odawara Castle/小田原城

Odawara Castle is in Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, but it is close enough to visit during a stay in Hakone. This castle is reconstructed, but the castle park includes museums, a library, and a zoo. I really enjoy visiting Japanese castles, so I look forward to seeing it.


Odawara Castle


Hakone Black Egg - Photo by David Monniaux

Hakone Black Egg – Photo by David Monniaux


Have you been to Hakone? Do you have any recommendations on sightseeing spots? Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions.



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