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 spring and its flawless view of Mt. Fuji across from Lake Ashi, Hakone has become one of the favourite choices for tourists looking to escape Tokyo for the day. Particularly beautiful in autumn thanks to its wealth of coloured leaves, Hakone has a number of art museums, a botanical garden, and lake cruises and ropeway that offer magnificent views of Mt Fuji.
Japan’s largest 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. Snow covered for 5 months of the year, Fuji’s climbing season is from July to September, allowing tourists to climb to the summit for its spectacular view above the clouds. During this climbing season, huts and facilities along the mountain where climbers can buy refreshments and rest are manned.
Travelling from Tokyo’s Shinjuku station, Hakone is a 90-minute train ride away on the Odakyu Railway (not covered by JR Pass).