There’s something about Hakone that just sparks the interest of every traveller, and no wonder the city is gaining more and more attention, especially during spring or autumn. The cherry blossom or autumn foliage are definitely the views that attract hordes of tourists, making Hakone a must-see destination while in Japan.
Wedged between Mt. Fuji and the Izu Peninsula, Hakone has lots to offer in terms of landscapes, festivals or cuisine. Autumn is especially beautiful here, as the mountains are covered in golden leaves and the temperature just perfect for exploring.
Lake Ashi, which offers one of the most beautiful views of Mt. Fuji, can be particularly photogenic in mid-November. You can opt for a river cruise or even a ropeway journey, that would definitely delight your senses. Among the places famous for momiji viewing, Choanji Temple is worth mentioning, as it becomes particularly beautiful in autumn. If you are an art lover and already planned a visit to the Hakone Art Museum, then don’t forget to check out its moss garden and Sekirakuen garden.
A ride on the famous Hakone Tozan Train is another option if you want to enjoy the autumn colours. Running between Odawara Station and Gora Station, the train will reveal splendid views of the surrounding valleys and hills, all covered in vibrant autumnal colours. Unlimited travels are offered to those owning a Hakone Free Pass. If you intend spending at least 1 night in Hakone, the pass is a must, as it gives you free access to 8 means of transportation within the area, including the Hakone Ropeway or the Lake Ashi Cruise.