Luxury Travel to Hakone
Endowed with more than its fair share of natural beauty, Hakone in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is a town with water at its heart. At its centre, you’ll find the Ashino-ko lake from which Mount Fuji arises dramatically to crown the iconic mountain scenery.
Hakone is famous for its therapeutic hot springs and at just 100 kilometres from Tokyo, it’s a popular destination for blissful escapes from the big city. There’s no reason for your spirit to go un-nurtured either. You’ll find a noted Shinto shrine, the Hakone Gongen, standing just above lake Ashinoko with its torii rising from the water.
From sightseeing aboard a mock pirate ship on the lake itself to spending an afternoon wandering the Western-style Gora Park and being transported back to medieval times at the ruins of the Sekisho checkpoint, Hakone is a spellbinding destination.
When to go
Visit in April for cherry blossoms, or optionally in autumn (October to November) when the Miscanthus sinensis are in bloom. It is not recommended to travel to Hakone between Christmas and New Years.
What to do
- Visit the hot springs
- Tour the Hakone Gongen shrine
- See Owakudani geysers
- Take a cruise on Lake Ashi
- Hakone Open-Air Museum
- Pola Museum of Art
Itineraries including Hakone
Hotels & Ryokans in Hakone
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Gora Kadan RyokanImmerse yourself into the ancient Japanese way of life at Gora Kadan, the former retreat of the Imperial Family. Situated in the heart of Hakone National Park, this traditional Japanese ryokan – meaning inn – echoes the country’s longstanding cultural emphasis on beauty and purity of form, and was designed to exist in harmony with the nearby mountain range. With just 39 guest rooms and suites, this luxury ryokan provides a retreat from the often-hectic pace of city life through the use of Japanese Zen minimalism. You’ll find sliding walls made of rice paper, fragrant floral incense and modern luxury commodities. This calming retreat is located in an area known for its hot springs from which mineral rich water flows into the open-air baths. During your stay enjoy the traditional Kaiseki cuisine, consisting of a variety of small dishes, which will be served in your room for complete tranquility.