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Top Choice Museum in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Hakone Open-Air Museum

Occupying a verdant swathe 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 Teahouse in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Amazake-chaya

This historic thatched-roofed teahouse, the last of several that once lined the Old Hakone Highway, has been relieving road-weary travellers with amazake (a sweet drink made from rice used to make sake) and seasoned…
Top Choice Museum in Miyanoshita & Kowakidani

Okada Museum of Art

Showcasing the dazzling Japanese, Chinese and Korean art treasures of industrialist Okada Kazuo, you could easily spend hours in this mammoth museum marvelling at the beauty of many pieces, including detailed screen…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Gora Brewery & Grill

Sup on a Gora IPA or a Black Belt stout, among other ales from this stylish brewery venue, run by the folk behind Itoh Dining by Nobu. Grill treats include house-made sausages, Peruvian style lamb and Nobu's signatu…
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

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 yellow ground here (the yellow is crystallized 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…
Japanese in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Itoh Dining by Nobu

Savour premium Japanese beef, cooked teppanyaki-style in front of you by the chef, at this elegant restaurant, an outpost of the celeb chef Nobu's dining empire. It's just uphill from Koenshimo station on the funicu…
Chicken in Hakone-Yumoto

Coco-Hakone

The 'Hakone lava' chicken over rice looks burnt to a crisp at this casual joint, but actually it's a juicy, tasty treat and simply a bit of gastronomic trickery. You can drink Hakone craft beer here, too, and nerds …