Spots in Hakone / Yugawara / Odawara Area

  • Hakone-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Motohakone 80-1
    Since ancient times, this shrine has been patronized by generations of military commanders who came to pray for the earnest realization of their wishes during battle. This shrine is said to be one of the best power spots in the Kanto region where one can “conquer a state when Hakone has your back”. The deity of love, Kuzuryu’s newly constructed shrine is also next to Hakone Shrine. Get off the Izu Hakone bus at “Moto-Hakone” or otherwise get off the Hakone Tosan bus at “Moto-Hakone Port” and the temple is a 10- minute walk away.
  • Lake Ashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture Hakone-machi
    This is a dammed lake of Mt. Hakone, and the largest lake in Kanagawa Prefecture, which has a view of Mt. Fuji. It is a mysteriously beautiful lake which has blue water to the extent that Ryotaro Shiba extolled it by writing “The colour of the clothing of the God that created Hakone”. Again, it is also famous as a fishing spot where you can enjoy rainbow trout and bass fishing such as black bass fishing and Japanese pond smelt fishing.
  • The Hakone Open-Air Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Ninotaira 1121
    This was Japan’s first open-air Museum which was founded in 1969. Located on the grounds of a 70,000 meters squared premises with Hakone’s nature as a backdrop, the museum has a permanent display of approximately 120 masterpieces by modern and contemporary sculptors. Such large scale works of art couldn’t be displayed but for the outdoor space; there are also works of art which children can enter and play in, and you can touch the pieces of art as much as you want. At the Picasso Pavilion, there is the world’s top collection of 300 plus works which are open to the public. The hot spring foot bath which flows from the source is also popular. Alight at the Hakone Tozan Railway at Chokoku-no-Mori Station, from which it is a two-minute walk to the museum.
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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    157 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Iryuda 499
    First opened in 1995, here visitors can learn about the 4.6 billion year history of the Earth and the diversity of life found on her. The museum’s standing exhibition is divided into four themes—the Earth, life, Kanagawa, and symbiosis. The exhibition includes over 10 thousand real specimens, including a meteorite in the shape of a globe, ancient dinosaur fossils, mammals, plants, and inspects. One of the highlights of the museum is its showroom filled with 27 of 3.2 meter tall giant encyclopedias containing various exhibits. The museum’s theater, showing nature documentaries and science-based quizzes, is also a popular attraction. A restaurant and museum shop can also be found inside. The closest station is Iriuda Station.

    We went with our young kids and really enjoyed a couple of hours here. Adults are 510 yen and kids under 4 are free. There are a couple of food options but also places to have a picnic if you bring...

  • Odawara Castle Park
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    4.0
    222 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Odawara-shi Jonai Chinai
    Odawara Castle is believed to have first been built in the mid-15th century when the Omori clan advanced into the Odawara region. The present site of Odawara Castle is designated as a National Historic Site, including most of honmaru main compound and ninomaru secondary compound and part of the outer castle enclosure. It's now administered as a castle park centered on the honmaru for the enjoyment of history and castle lovers.

    Since we had some extra time, walked to this castle, near train station. The castle was okay, lots of walking up & down stairs. Lots of info in Japanese. But the grounds was great. There are monkeys...

  • Suzuhiro Kamaboko Museum
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    149 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Kazamatsuri 245 Suzumiya inside Kamaboko
    This hands-on workshop facility is in Kazamatsuri, Odawara City. Each floor is divided into themes such as tradition and technique and food and chemistry. Guests can observe the manufacturing process and try their hands at making kamaboko and chikuwa fish cakes. On the second floor there is also a permanent gallery of work from their International Small Art Exhibition, Suzuhiro Kamaboko Board Painting Contest Besides kamaboko, original souvenirs are also for sale.

    Checking out from Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo we drove to Odawara, a city in Kanagawa, and the first stop was this famous producer of fish cake, or kamaboko, a traditional Japanese delicacy dating back to...

  • Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Inn
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Ninotaira 1297
    It is an all-weather hot spring theme park located in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. In the amusement zone where you can have fun with your bathing suits on, there is a collection of unique baths which can be enjoyed by both adults and children such as the “Gods’ Aegean Sea” and the “Authentic Coffee bath”. In the open-air bath “Mori no Yu” which brims with Japanese style, you can melt into the magnificent nature of Hakone in the open-air baths and you can relax comfortably in the bath where the walls, floor and ceiling are clad in Hinoki cypress. Coming for a day trip is of course possible, but as there are also four official hotels it is also feasible to stay.
  • Owakudani
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 1251
    Owakudani is valley that was created by a volcanic eruption of Mt. Kami around 3,000 years ago. Owakudani is situated at 1,044 meters above sea level, and experiences severe weather, so it is advisable to wear long-sleeved clothing even in summer. The area is still affected by volcanic activity; steam and volcanic gases such as hydrogen sulfide continue to rise up out of the ground. Kuro-tamago, the “Black Eggs” of Owakudani, which are made by exposing eggs to the geothermal heat and chemical reactions resulting from volcanic activity, are very popular with visitors.
  • Odawara Flower Garden
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    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Kuno 3798-5
    This garden, located in Kuno, Odawara City, is brimming with seasonal flowers. One can enjoy the tropical plants in the domed conservatory as well as the abundant blooms in the rose garden. With over 200 varieties, the plum grove boasts the largest collection of plum trees in the Kanto region. The grove is barrier free disability accessible for all to enjoy a stroll through the beautiful blooms. Limited to summer only, the dancing fountain is available for children to dabble in the water on hot summer days.

    It was an amazing experience to see Japan with the help of a local tour operator Mr Rajesh Vaidya who can be reached on mobile +91 99696 82961 also on whatsapp on this same number. He conducts a...

  • Suzuhiro Kamaboko no Sato
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    51 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Kazamatsuri 245
    A theme park dedicated to kamaboko steamed fish paste operated by Suzuhiro, a kamaboko shop of long-standing located in Odawara. The park is filled with things to see and do. There’s a museum which introduces the history of kamaboko; classes which teach how to make kamaboko by hand (advance reservation required); a market where souvenirs such as kamaboko, dried foods, and fried delicacies are sold; and a bar where visitors can eat and compare kamaboko made according to different methods. The restaurant and all-you-can-eat buffet, serving the unique delights of Odawara, are also popular.

    We stopped by this store on our way to the kamaboko museum where we participated in the kamaboko making experience. Inside the spacious store there is a small bar counter with a tasting menu of...

  • Himono Yamayasu (Hakone turnpike Branch)
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    54 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Hayakawa 3-7-1
    A factory direct shop selling dried fish products located in Hayakawa, Odawara City. The tasty dried fish sold here are made in the shop's parent factory using fresh, local fish caught in the waters off of Odawara and Shizuoka. Located next to the entrance/exit of the Anest Iwata Turnpike Hakone driving course, the shop serves as a souvenir stand and rest stop for drivers and tourists. Visitors can sample the shop's dried fish at the front of the shop as well as in the rest area.

    昨日、根府川店で買った「アジのひらき」がうまかったです。本日、娘親子(横浜在住)が来てその話をしたら買って帰ると言うので少し遠回りしてここに来ました。ここは近年に新しくなって綺麗でした。駐車場は30台分以上あり外出自粛の中でお客は多い方だと思いました。アネスト岩田ターンパイクを降りてすぐなので箱根の帰りに寄っていくと思います。コロナでどうかと思いましたが入れ替わりでお客は多い方だと思います。アジや...

  • Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 940-48
    Located in Sengokuhara district, Hakone, the Hakone Grasunomori Museum (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum) is Japan’s first museum dedicated to Venetian glass. It actually comprises two museums: the Venetian Glass Museum itself, which has on display around 100 masterpieces of the delicate, finely-wrought Venetian glass for which there was a vogue among the noble families of Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries, and the Modern Glass Museum, which displays Venetian glass dating from the 19th century onwards. Particularly worth seeing is the approximately 10-meter-long crystal glass arch over the bridge between the garden and the Museums; the arch is made from around 160,000 pieces of crystal glass, which sparkle in the breeze. The Hakone Grasunomori Museum offers glassmaking experience activities (including sandblasting, etc.), with participants being able to make their own pieces to take home as a souvenir.
  • Hakone Lake Ashi pleasure cruises
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Motohakone 45-3
    Board a pleasure cruise traveling Lake Ashi in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture. There’s a scheduled route which connects the four harbors of Hakone Sekisho-ato Port, Motohakone Port, Hakone-en Port, and Kojiri Port, as well as a round trip routes which leave from and return to each of the four. The round trip routes take anywhere from 30 to 70 minutes depending on the harbor. A 70 minute tour route circling Lake Ashi departs only from Kojiri Port. Cruise-goers can enjoy traveling across the lake’s waters while gazing at the mountains of Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Together with a trip on the Hakone Pirate Ship, which also sets sail on Lake Ashi, taking one of these pleasure cruises is a staple of any visit to Hakone.
  • Hakone Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Goura 1300 Hayasunzan Station
    This is an aerial lift which connects all the stations from Sounzan to Owakudani, Ubako and Togendai and takes about 25 minutes. The stations of Sounzan and Togendai are located at an elevation of over 700 meters above sea level. Owakudani Station also reaches an altitude of 1,044 meters above sea level, so you can enjoy a walk in the sky to see the beautiful Mt. Fuji, the Owakudani sulfur fields and the large panoramic picturesque scenery looking out over of Lake Ashi. If it is a clear day, Tokyo Skytree may also be visible.
  • Hakone Yuryo (hot spring resort)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kanagawa prefecture Ashigarashimo-gun Hakone machi Tosanosawa 4
    This is a hot spring establishment located in Yumoto, Hakone with large hot springs which can be visited for a day trip. The resort has many types of baths, from large public baths and open-air baths to pot baths and the greatest number in the Tokyo metropolitan area of 19 individual open-air hot spring baths which can be reserved. In addition to a full range of hot spring baths, the resort has a restaurant where you can relax and also enjoy hearth-cooked cuisine. The traditional sauna bathing method “Loyly”, introduced from the home of the sauna, Finland, is also practiced at the resort every hour, so you can enjoy an invigorating perspiration in the sauna’s comfortable heat.
  • The Little Prince Museum in Hakone
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Sengokuhara 909
    A museum dedicated to the world-famous children’s story The Little Prince and the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry located in the Sengokuhara area of Hakone Town, Kanagawa Prefecture. The museum’s central exhibition hall presents the life of Saint-Exupéry and the writing of The Little Prince. The museum grounds also feature a recreation of an early 20th century French townscape, a beautiful garden, a restaurant serving delicious Little Prince-inspired dishes, and a shop.
  • Hakone-en
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Motohakone 139
    An entertainment complex and resort facility located in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture operated by Prince Hotels and Resorts. The resort boasts spacious 660 thousand square meter grounds situated on the east bank of Lake Ashi, and host such facilities as an aquarium, a mini zoo, shopping plaza, camping cottages for lodging, golf swing practice space, and green spaces. The aquarium is famous for its comical “hot spring seal” seal show in which a seal wears a folded wash rag on its head in impersonation of a person enjoying a hot spring bath. There’s a ropeway which travels to the top of Mt. Komagatake, where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji; and Lake Ashi pleasure cruises also leave from this key Hakone tourist destination.
  • Hakone Gora Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Goura 1300
    Located near Gora Station, the last stop on the Hakone Tozan Railway, Hakone Gora Park was Japan’s first French-style garden. The Park, which was opened in 1914, is a National Registered Monument. With wide-open spaces open to the sky and surrounded by mountains, the Park features a symmetrical design centered round a fountain. A wide variety of plants are grown in the Park, which is renowned for its flowers; the Park’s appearance changes with the seasons. A tropical plants house, tearoom and experiential activities center are situated within the Park, making it possible to engage in a range of different activities in the same visit.
  • Kuzuryu-jinja Hongu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Motohakone In the forest of Hakone Kurotaku dragon
    A Shinto shrine located on the east bank of Lake Ashi in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, Kanagawa Prefecture dedicated to a dragon god believed to provide luck with money, business prosperity, and aid in love and marriage. The crimson lacquered inner sanctuary, surrounded by greenery near the lakeshore, exudes a solemn air, and in recent years it has become a popular destination as a mystical “power spot.” A small red torii gate stands in the lake nearby, and during the shrine festival held each month on the 13th, visitors can pay a small fee to ride a motorboat out and back to an adjoining jetty from Motohakone Port. There is also a walking trail which can be used to reach the jetty from Hakone-en in around 30 minutes.
  • Uirou
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    59 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kanagawa Pref. Odawarashi Honchou 1-13-17
    Located along Tokaido Road in 1-Chome, Honcho, Odawara City, this established shop “Uiro” deals in pharmaceuticals and sweets while residing in a building that looks like castle. It began in the Muromachi period, when the Uiro family immigrated from China, bringing along their family secrets in medicinal work and receiving praise for the steamed confection made of rice powder they proposed for offering to country visitors. It became known as “uiro” for the family name and spread to many areas. This genuine “uiro” from the original family has been kept for 25 generations as a tradition, with its characteristic spongy texture and gentle sweetness. The uiro museum which uses the family storehouse built in 1885 features exhibits of products in which you can sense the craftsman spirit and learn the relationship to “uiro uri” of kabuki (free entrance, guides available.) There is also a sweets shop where you can enjoy handmade Japanese confections.

    博物館入って右に併設されている喫茶室。 ここは小さいながらもなかなか雰囲気のいい店内なので行った時には必ず利用しています。 今回はこの季節ピッタリの「さくらさくら」を注文。 上層にほんのりピンクの桜ゼリー 中層に生クリームのムース 底の方には桜餡と、いろいろな食感が楽しめるなかなかの一品。 落ち着いた和風の店内でまったりと過ごすにはおすすめです。

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Kanagawa prefecture acts as an extension of the Tokyo metropolis that spills over into coastal towns, most notably Yokohama city, heavily populated and known for its Chinatown and seaside attractions. Just the right distance for a day trip out of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to some of Tokyo’s most accessible beaches, including around Kamakura, best known for its Big Buddha. Visitors can also travel a little farther afield for a weekend at Hakone onsen town.

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