Places of Interest: Hakone

Hakone is famous for mountain sightseeing close to Tokyo. Weather permitting extraordinary views of the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji can be seen.

Wedged between Mount Fuji and lzu Peninsula, encircled by forested mountains and deep ravines, extraordinary views (weather permitting) from Hakone of Mount Fuji and the Japan Alps are a magnificent scene to remember.

A full day can be spent enjoying the outstanding natural scenery. Travel by train to Odawara and on to the Hakone Outdoor Museum, cable car to Mount Sounzan and the volcanic activity of Owakudani continue on to Lake Ashi for a boat ride across the lake before returning to Tokyo.

LAKE ASHI

The 400,000 year-old volcanic crater lake that never freezes! Ashiko is a popular place for fishing, boating and water sports. Use your "Hakone Free Pass" to cruise the lake by pirate ship. On a clear day you will be able to take pleasure in Mt. Fuji's inverted reflection.

OWAKUDANI (Greater Boiling Valley)

Accessible by ropeway this entire gorge reeks of sulphurous fumes, spewing clouds of steam from crevasses among bubbling hot springs.

ANCIENT CEDAR AVENUE

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along this superb 2km flora-lined winding passage; once the pathway to Edo (Tokyo).

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