Hakone attractions

Top Choice Museum in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Hakone Open-Air Museum

Occupying a verdant swath of Hakone hillside is this unmissable art safari, leading visitors past a rich array of 19th- and 20th-century sculptures and installations by leading Japanese artists as well as the likes …
Top Choice Museum in Miyanoshita & Kowakidani

Okada Museum of Art

This mammoth museum showcases the dazzling Japanese, Chinese and Korean art treasures of industrialist Okada Kazuo. You could easily spend hours marvelling at the beauty of many pieces, including detailed screen pai…
Top Choice Museum in Sōun-zan & Sengokuhara

Pola Museum of Art

Showcasing the private collection of the late Suzuki Tsuneshi, son of the founder of the Pola Group (a cosmetics company), this impressive building displays works from Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso and…
Arts Centre in Hakone

Enoura Observatory

Book well in advance to be sure of securing a ticket to view this extraordinary art, architecture and performing arts complex overlooking scenic Sagami Bay. A passion project of the artist Sugimoto Hiroshi, the Obse…
Volcano in Sōun-zan & Sengokuhara


The 'Great Boiling Valley' was created 3000 years ago when Kami-yama erupted and collapsed, also forming Ashino-ko. Hydrogen sulphide steams from the yellow ground here (the yellow is crystallised sulphur) and the h…
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…
Park in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Onshi Hakone Kōen

Occupying a peninsula on Ashino-ko, this scenic park was formerly the grounds of an imperial summer retreat. The 'Lakeside Panorama Pavilion', said to offer Hakone's finest view of Mt Fuji, was built just behind the…
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, conditions permitting.
Museum in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Hakone Museum of Art

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


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 rises from the lake; get your camera ready for that picture-postcard shot.