Hakone is defined by lakes, hot springs and mountains, including Japan’s most instantly recognisable peak, Mount Fuji, whose iconic snow-dusted cone can be appreciated in its awe-inspiring magnificence from viewpoints around the area. Part of a national park just 55 miles from Tokyo, this verdant bolthole is made for leisurely exploration and there’s no shortage of ways to do that.
Cable cars and funiculars rise to summits that offer breathtaking panoramic vistas; ancient paths and tranquil hiking trails lead to volcanic valleys and half-hidden temples; and boats of all kinds criss-cross lakes where waterside shrine gates make a dramatic counterpoint to the vision of Mount Fuji behind. And it’s not just about the landscape. Hakone’s widely scattered settlements provide a chance to watch artisans at work, gaze at art in galleries and sculpture parks, or relax in the thermal waters of a public bathhouse or private onsen.
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