Hakone is a picturesque paradise, 2 hours outside of bustling Tokyo. It’s rural, quiet and famous for it’s natural hot springs and crystal clear view of mount Fuji, poking its head above white clouds and surrounding greenery. Here are 5 facts you may not know about this relaxing part of Japan, which is perfect for a small break from the overpowering atmosphere in Tokyo.
- Do you often hear the sea calling your name? Well in Hakone you can indulge the pirate inside of you and take a trip to some of the best sites in Hakone, on an actual pirate ship.
- Sometimes in life you just have to sit back and relax, so why not do it completely naked in a Japanese onsen, surrounded by other naked people? I know, how could anything be more relaxing? Hakone is renowned for its hot springs, many people travel from all around just to relax in the natural, hot springs, which have been dubbed “The Hakone Seventeen Spas.”
- Do you have a debilitating fear of heights? Well prepare to have that put to the test as you brave the steep hills and cable cars that will transport you to any of the places you wish to go.
- Wandering around the streets in Hakone can be like taking a trip through time, as the streets have a certain vintage appeal to them and often offer some exciting sites, including a spa just for your feet.
- Celebrities throughout the ages have heard the call of the mysterious and beautiful Hakone, including the legendary John Lennon, who stayed at the Miyanoshita, a resort on one of the Hakone famous hot springs.
Are you desperate to leave Tokyo for the wonders of Hakone? All you have to do is take the Odakyu line from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto station; it is about a 90-minute journey.
Or if you’d like to travel in style, why not try reserve a seat on the Odakyu’s limited express train known as the Romancecar.