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Hakone / Kanagawa

Hakone, nestled in the heart of Kanagawa Prefecture, stands as a jewel in Japan's tourism crown, particularly from a travel industry perspective. This region offers a compelling blend of natural beauty, cultural depth, and wellness experiences, making it an indispensable part of any travel itinerary to Japan. Here’s a deep dive into what makes Hakone so special and how it can be presented to travelers.

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Natural Splendor and Serenity

Hakone is famed for its breathtaking natural landscapes, including the pristine Lake Ashi, lush mountains, and the iconic view of Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest peak. This scenic beauty offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of Japan's mega-cities. Highlighting Hakone's natural attractions can captivate nature lovers, photography enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a peaceful escape amidst stunning vistas.

Hot Springs and Wellness

At the heart of Hakone's allure are its numerous hot springs (onsen). The region is dotted with traditional and modern onsen resorts where visitors can experience the rejuvenating properties of natural mineral-rich waters. Promoting Hakone’s onsen culture taps into the growing global trend towards wellness tourism, appealing to travelers seeking relaxation, health, and well-being.

Rich Cultural Tapestry

Hakone's cultural offerings are as rich as its natural ones. The area boasts a variety of museums, such as the Hakone Open-Air Museum and the Pola Museum of Art, which blend art with nature in unique ways. Additionally, the historic Hakone Shrine, with its torii gate standing majestically in Lake Ashi, provides a spiritual and photographic highlight. Emphasizing Hakone's cultural attractions can attract art aficionados, history buffs, and spiritual seekers.

Adventure and Recreation

For those seeking adventure, Hakone does not disappoint. Activities like pirate ship cruises on Lake Ashi, ropeway rides offering panoramic views of the surrounding nature and Mount Fuji, and hiking trails through the Hakone Geo Park cater to families, couples, and solo travelers looking for fun and adventure. Positioning Hakone as a destination for both leisure and adventure can broaden its appeal.

Culinary Delights

The region's culinary scene, with specialties ranging from kaiseki (traditional multi-course meals) featuring local ingredients to casual comfort foods like onsen eggs (eggs boiled in hot spring waters), provides a gastronomic adventure that complements the overall Hakone experience. Highlighting these culinary experiences can appeal to foodies looking for an authentic taste of Japan.

Kotoku-in Temple

The giant bronze statue of Amida Buddha located on the grounds of the temple complex is one of the most iconic symbols of Japan.

Hase-dera Temple

A Zen temple renowned for its rock gardens, towering statue of the Buddhist goddess of mercy Kannon, and network of caves located underneath portions of the temple complex.

Engaku-ji Temple

A temple built to commemorate the soldiers lost during the Mongol invasion of Japan, it features a vast complex reflecting Zen philosophy through minimalist architecture and gardens.

Sightseeing Locations

Some of the must-visit


A popular weekend getaway from the big city, this picturesque island offers a range of attractions, from cozy cafes and restaurants to historic shrines and captivating caves.

Enoura Observatory

The brainchild of artist Sugimoto Hiroshi, this installation is a fusion of art and architecture, strategically crafted to coincide with the summer and winter solstices amidst a picturesque backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

Hakone Open-air Museum

Japan's first art museum to integrate outdoor galleries with indoor exhibition spaces, the museum houses a collection of sculptures by artists such as Rodin, Picasso, and Calder, set amidst the natural beauty of Hakone's mountainous terrain.

Okada Museum of Art

Complemented by an on-site traditional Japanese garden and teahouse, the museum showcases an extensive collection of ancient and contemporary East Asian art, particularly focusing on ceramics, sculptures, and paintings.

Hakone Shrine

Situated on the shore of Lake Ashi, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the goddess of love and marriage and is best known for its torii gate submerged in the lake.

Owakudani Ropeway

Formed during an eruption some 3000 years ago, it remains an active volcanic area known for a scenic ropeway that offers views of nearby Lake Ashi and, on a clear day, the iconic Mt. Fuji.

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