Holidays to Hakone, Japan

Just 50 miles from Japan's famously tech-savvy and bustling capital, Tokyo, lies the peaceful mountain resort of Hakone. It's well worth this short trip – any time spent here will live long in the memory thanks to the stunning, sweeping mountainside vistas – Hakone offers some of the best views of Mount Fuji. But the traditional way of life here is also unforgettable. There's a real sense of stepping into the past as you enter the ryokan inns or browse the local shops. The area is also famous for its onsen hot springs, bathing pools heated by volcanic activity that feel like the beating heart powering Hakone. Slipping into one of these is an experience that feels timeless. 

Hop on the Hakone Ropeway gondolas and take in the stunning views as you head into the Owakudani Valley, where the geothermic activity is so intense it does more than heat baths. This small but active valley is known far and wide for its "kuro-tamago" eggs, which are cooked inside the sulphurous heat of the hottest springs, their shells turning pitch-black as a result. Local legends say that eating one will add seven years to your life. Fortunately, unlike many supposedly healthy remedies, these actually taste delicious, especially when added to a bowl of local ramen. 

Close to Owakudani, at the end of the Ropeway journey, is Togendai Station. Here you can find stunning views over Lake Ashi, and hop on a popular boat cruise that offers beautiful views of Mount Fuji and the Torii shrine gates. Depending on the season, you may also be treated to the sight of soft pink cherry blossom or beautiful golden-red maple leaves. 

Highlights

  • See Mount Fuji in all its glory

  • Take the Ropeway to the shores of Lake Ashi

  • Enjoy a relaxing bath in an onsen hot spring

  • Take a break at a traditional ryokan inn

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