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Hakone in Fuji-Hakone National Park


Hakone is located in Fuji-Hakone National Park, a short bullet train ride west of Tokyo and just to the south of Mount Fuji, Japan’s most sacred mountain.

The area consists of small villages and hamlets that are connected by a variety of local transport, including buses, mountain railway and cable car. For the locals and foreigners alike, it is famous for its therapeutic hot springs, views of nearby Mt Fuji, boiling valleys and serene Lake Ashinoko.

It is also home to some of the finest and most authentic ryokans in Japan where one could experience the famous Japanese hospitality and sumptuous multi-course Kaiseki dinner. Some of the ryokans have hot springs that are more than 1,000 years old!

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It’s an ideal destination for active travellers and families, as one could enjoy hiking, kayaking, horse riding and a fun ride on the famous Hakone Ropeway for panoramic views of the area.

One of the most peculiar foods to taste is eggs boiled in the volcanic waters! For art lovers, a visit to Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum is highly recommended. On a short and busy itinerary, Hakone offers a refreshing break from hectic sightseeing tours around Tokyo and Kyoto.

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