Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Hakone Open-Air Museum

In a rolling, leafy hillside setting, this safari for art lovers includes an impressive selection of 19th- and 20th-century Japanese and Western sculptures (including works by Henry Moore, Rodin and Miró) as well as…
Top Choice Museum in Miyanoshita & Kowakidani

Okada Museum of Art

Showcasing the dazzling Japanese, Chinese and Korean art treasures of industrialist Okada Kazuo, this mammoth museum should not be missed. You could spend hours marvelling at the beauty of so many pieces, including …
Top Choice Museum in Sōun-zan & Sengokuhara

Pola Museum of Art

Showcasing the top-drawer collection of the late Suzuki Tsuneshi, son of the founder of the Pola Group (a cosmetics company), this quality museum is located in an equally impressive architect-designed building. Artw…
Cable Car in Hakone

Hakone Ropeway

The Hakone Ropeway is a 30-minute, 4km gondola ride, taking travellers to Tōgendai from Sōun-zan. It glides over the steaming crater of Ōwakudani, one of the stops along the way. At times, increased volcanic activit…
Volcano in Sōun-zan & Sengokuhara

Ōwakudani

The 'Great Boiling Valley' was created 3000 years ago when Kami-yama erupted and collapsed, also forming Ashino-ko. Hydrogen sulphide steams from the ground here and the hot water is used to boil onsen tamago, eggs …
Museum in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Hakone Sekisho

You're free to walk through this 2007 reconstruction of the feudal-era checkpoint on the Old Tōkaidō Highway, but if you want to enter any of the buildings you'll need to buy a ticket. One displays Darth Vader–like …
Park in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Onshi Hakone Kōen

On a small peninsula near the Hakone Sekisho is this scenic park. Don't miss the elegant hilltop Western-style building, once used by the imperial family, and now a lovely cafe; weather permitting it has Fuji views …
Museum in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Hakone Museum of Art

Sharing grounds with a lovely velvety moss garden and teahouse (¥700 matcha green tea and sweet), this museum has a collection of Japanese pottery dating from as far back as the Jōmon period (some 5000 years ago). …
Museum in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Narukawa Art Museum

Art comes in two forms here – in the exquisite Japanese-style paintings, nihonga, on display, and in the stunning Mt Fuji views from the panorama lounge looking out across the lake. Don't miss the cool kaleidoscope …
Shinto Shrine in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Hakone-jinja

A pleasant stroll around Ashino-ko follows a cedar-lined path to this shrine set in a wooded grove, in Moto-Hakone. Its signature red torii (gate) rises from the lake; get your camera ready for that picture-postcard…