If you are anything like me you will love researching where you are going before you arrive to make sure you know where you’re going and what the best things to do are. However, even with my research I seemed to overlook the fact that Hakone is not a town it is an area. Therefore it is important to look into what town your hotel or ryokan is near as the Hakone area is vast.
Top tip No.1: Buy the ‘Hakone pass’, this is an absolute must as you can use it on the trains, buses, cable car and sightseeing ship. You have the choice of buying passes valid for either 2 or 3 days.
Top tip No.2: Experience the Hakone Hot springs; along with views of Mount Fuji this is what you come here for. Try and book accommodation that has their own hot spring baths for their guests to use. You should know that these are public baths split into male and female sections and are usually the only places to bathe in the whole ryokan! For 24 hours I was soooo Japanese.
Top tip No.3: Stay in a ryokan, which is a traditional Japanese Inn, as this way you will experience the true authentic Japanese experience of bathing with randoms, all wearing a kimono and eating their traditional food.
We were staying in a ryokan one stop from Togendai which is on Lake Ashi, where you take the cable cars and the sightseeing ship from.
Being over 1,000 metres above sea level this is meant to be a great place for viewing the spectacle of Mount Fuji. Not for us however. We unfortunately were treated to a thick cloud display hiding the snow capped Fuji-san from our sights.
Have you ever been to Hakone? If so, I would love to hear about where you stayed and your top tips!
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