Hakone

Set in the mountainous countryside just to the South of Mt. Fuji, Hakone offers a curious mix of different attractions. Whether you wish to bathe in the onsen waters, admire views of Mt. Fuji, eat eggs boiled in sulphurous springs, visit world class art museums, or simply relax, Hakone has it all.

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“No matter how many postcards, pictures or paintings you see, nothing compares you for that first glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Mt Fuji. With hot-spring baths, beautiful scenery and a vital historical role, Hakone is a fantastic place to relax, explore and experience”

Harry Sargant, Sales Manager

Hakone has been a popular resting post since the Japanese warrior Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered a natural bath to be built here in 1590, enabling his battle-weary men to relax in the natural hot spring waters of this volcanic area.

Onsen houses proliferate throughout the region providing plenty of opportunity for relaxing in the revitalising natural hot spring waters. The region is criss-crossed by a collection of ropeways, cable-cars and funicular railways which link the many small communities and a wide variety of museums, from the outdoor sculpture park with works by Henry Moore, Miro, Maillol and Rodin to a Ferrari exhibition hall.

On clear days the ropeways provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, and of course away in the distance the imperious Mt. Fuji - one of the world's most famous mountains and perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Japan. Pictures of the majestic Mt. Fuji (Japan's highest mountain at 3,776 meters!) still adorn most of Japan's public bath houses.  Revered as a God in Shinto tradition, the mountain and its spirit look over the Japanese even as they bathe.

If you fancy the challenge of the climb, the season runs from 1st July through to the end of August and there's the option of doing it by day or by night. The views from the top are stunning and a sunrise from the summit of 'Fuji-san' is a never-to-be-forgotten sight. The hike is pretty tough but you're sure to be accompanied by a steady stream of Japanese undertaking the pilgrimage to the top.

Once you get there it can be quite cold, often hovering around freezing even at the height of summer, so come prepared if this is what you're planning on. Alternatively, you can simply sample the view from the surrounding hills and lakes, and enjoy a less strenuous stay. Whatever you decide, you cannot help but to be impressed by this near-perfectly symmetrical volcano.

Recommended Accommodation in Hakone

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Hakone.

Weather in Hakone

The Climate Guide for Hakone, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 9 9 12 17 21 24 27 29 25 20 16 11
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 0 0 3 8 12 17 20 21 18 13 7 2
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 6 6 6 5 6 4 5 6 4 4 5 6
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None Moderate Moderate Low None None None
Days with some Rainfall 10 12 17 16 15 20 19 16 19 16 12 9
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 58 76 155 156 156 226 211 218 264 188 106 43
UV Index (Maximum) 3 4 6 8 9 10 10 10 8 6 3 2