Hakone & Mt. Fuji
The stunningly picturesque town of Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and has been designated a geopark by UNESCO. With many natural hot springs and ones of the best views of Mt. Fuji, Hakone has become one of the favourite choices for tourists looking to escape Tokyo for the day. Particularly beautiful in autumn, thanks to the multitude of coloured leaves that add up to the beauty of the place, Hakone has a number of art museums, a botanical garden and various hot springs just perfect after a long day of exploring the area. To see mount Fuji, you can either opt for a lake cruise or a ropeway journey. Either one will reveal the beauty of the sacred mountain.
Japan’s highest mountain and most famous national symbol, Mt. Fuji, which is a dormant volcano, lies 60 miles south-west of Tokyo and can be seen from the city on a clear day. Covered in snow 5 months a year, Fuji can be climbed from July to September. During the climbing season, huts and facilities along the mountain, where climbers can buy refreshments and rest, are available.
|Hakone & Mt Fuji highlights|
Accommodation: Hakone has plenty of ryokans and western style hotels to offer. Many of them have private open-air hot tub.
Transportation:Travelling from Tokyo’s Shinjuku station, Hakone is a 90-minute train ride away on the Odakyu Railway (not covered by JR Pass).Mt Fuji can be reached by train via Kozu (Kanagawa).
The busiest times to visit:Cherry Blossom, Golden week (Japanese holiday in the beginning of May), Obon (Japanese national holiday in mid-August), Momiji season (when the leaves start changing colours). During these days, the streets will be overcrowded and the hotels fully-booked. Summers are hot and humid.
Local food specialities: Black egg, Wakasagi(smelt), Kamaboko- colourful fish cake, Surimi dumplings
Suggested itinerary: Classic Japan, 2 Days Mt Fuji climbing tour