Hakone's winning combination of stunning natural scenery, superb hot spring ryokan accommodation, spectacular views of Mount Fuji, and close proximity to Tokyo have made it one of the country's favourite rural escapes. Indeed, if you are looking for somewhere to get away from it all without having to travel miles from the capital, you could hardly do better than this! Check out our honeymoon accommodation section for our favourite romantic retreats in this fabulous national park.
“No matter how many postcards, pictures or paintings you see, nothing compares you for that first glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji.”
Madeleine Bromige, Senior Product Executive
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, which is criss-crossed by a collection of ropeways, cable-cars and funicular railways linking 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 Mount Fuji - one of the world's most famous mountains and perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Japan.
Recommended Accommodation in Hakone
The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Hakone.
Experiences in Hakone
Hakone offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites
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.
|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|
Featured trips including Hakone
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