Hakone, Japan – West of Tokyo and less than a 2-hour train ride is a mountainous town that is known for its hot springs and beautiful views of Mt. Fuji. If you only have a day, a day trip is do-able but I highly recommend staying a night and experience a ryokan and all of Hakone. Here’s the perfect Mt Fuji & Hakone guide one everything you need to know.
From Tokyo Station to Odawara station by JR > Odawara to Hakone Yumoto Station
From Shinjuku Station to Hakone Yumoto Station by Odakyu train
The train takes up to 2 hours but the express train is an hour and a half.
Ryokan & Onsen Experience
This is a must in my opinion! If you decide to do this, head to Hakone from Tokyo early! The Hakone Yumoto Station has a carry service if dropped off by noon for about $10 each bag. Enjoy walking around the town or start sight seeing before checking into your ryokan. Read all about my experience here: Ryokan Experience at Hakone Ginyu
THINGS TO DO
Beautiful views on a clear day. As you can see it was a cloudy day but I was able to get a glimpse! If the Hakone Ropeway is open, this is highly recommended! Unfortunately it was closed when I was there.
Walk along the downtown area and Lake Ashi or have lunch there.
Located right on Lake Ashi
Owakudani Hot Spring & Black Eggs
Photo by aboutjapan365
Owakudani is a volcanic valley with active super vents and hot springs. Take the ropeway up and expect sulfur smells throughout. It’s also known for the black eggs, hard boiled in the hot springs that turns black. Apparently eating one is said to increase longevity and add seven years to your life.
WISH I ATE ONE!!!!
NOTE: site is temporarily closed due to volcanic activity in the area.
I found wasabi kit kats here and it’s not as bad as you would think! If you find it get it =)
Hope you enjoy your stay in Hakone!! Please let me know if you’re lucky enough to eat a black egg!