Though it has a reputation as one of Japan's more traditional destinations, Hakone has plenty of excitement to keep kids busy. A pirate ship ride across Lake Ashi under the gaze of Mount Fuji is a great experience for younger children, and eating black eggs boiled in the bubbling hot springs of Owakudani is an interesting novelty. Our top recommendation, however, is the Open-Air Sculpture Park truly fascinating and a great place for kids to let off some steam.

Hakone Map

“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.

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