Walking along the Hakoneji Road and visiting art museums

Hakone Area

The picturesque Hakone resort area is located within the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park surrounding the volcanic Mt. Hakone-yama. You can see Mt. Fuji up close and enjoy nature's splendor throughout the seasons. With its many hot springs and outdoor attractions, Hakone represents one of the finest sightseeing spots in Japan. Unique art museums have sprung up here one after another, and they are very popular with the visitors.

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Day 1 - Museums, Wetland Botanical Garden

Shinjuku -- <Odakyu Romancecar90 mins.> -- Hakone-Yumoto -- <Hakone Tozan Railway30 mins.> -- Chokoku-no-mori -- [The Hakone Open-Air Museum] -- <Sightseeing Bus20 mins.> -- Sengoku Annaijo-mae -- [Lalique Museum, Hakone] -- <10 mins. by walk> -- [The Hakone Mononofu-no-Sato Museum] -- <5 mins. by walk> -- [Hakone Wetlands Botanical Garden] -- Sengoku Annaijo -- <Hakone Tozan Bus10 mins.> -- Togendai -- [Ashinoko-onsen Hot Spring]

*The times required with public transportation are approximate.


The Limited Express “Romancecar” connects Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Hakone-Yumoto, which is the gateway to Hakone, in about ninety minutes. There are also money-saving tickets that provide discounts at facilities.

Hakone Tozan Railway

The way to travel in Hakone since 1919. It has an adorable appearance but is a full-fledged mountain railway that runs down the steepest inclinations in Japan, sharp curves, and switchbacks.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

The outdoor area of approx. 70,000 square meters draws on Hakone’s natural beauty to create the background for about 120 sculptures by renowned modern and contemporary artists such as Rodin, Maillol and Taro Okamoto. The museum also has various indoor galleries, including one devoted solely to Picasso’s work.

Lalique Museum, Hakone

The permanent collection of about 230 works by renowned designer Rene Lalique represents both the art nouveau and art deco periods. A saloon car from the Orient Express with interior glass panels decorated by Lalique and produced in 1929 is also on exhibit. You can enjoy coffee and dessert inside the train.

The Hakone Mononofu-no-Sato Museum

This museum exhibits samurai armor, helmets and swords, as well as ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) and Noh masks. You can actually wear armor that was created in the Edo Period (1603-1867) and imagine yourself as a samurai warrior.

Hakone Wetlands Botanical Garden

Take a walk through a garden filled with 1,700 species of plants found in wetlands and alpine areas. At the beginning of June, people come from all over to enjoy the magnificent sight of the Nikko Kisuge (daylily) in full bloom.

Ashinoko-onsen Hot Spring

There are many hot spring facilities – from inns with magnificent views of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashino-ko to quiet ones surrounded by nature.

Day 2 - Lake Ashino-ko and Former Hakoneji Road

Togendai -- [Hakone Sightseeing Cruse] -- Hakone-machi-ko -- [The Hakone Sekisho] -- [The Avenue of Japanese Cedar Tree] -- [Narukawa Art Museum] -- [The Old Hakone Road] -- Moto-Hakone-ko -- <Hakone Sightseeing Ship> -- Togendai -- <Hakone Ropeway20mins.> -- Owakudani -- [Owakudani] -- <Hakone Ropeway8mins.> -- Sounzan -- <Hakone Tozan Cable Car> -- Gora -- <Hakone Tozan Railway> -- Miyanoshita -- [Sepia Road] -- <Hakone Tozan Railway> -- Hakone-Yumoto -- <Odakyu Romancecar90mins.> -- Shinjuku

Hakone Sightseeing Cruse

Lake Ashino-ko is a caldera lake created by an explosion of vapor 3000 years ago.

Enjoy a 40-minute cruise from Togendai Port to Hakonemachi Port. It is fun to get on these unique boats – a pirate boat modeled on European sailing vessels or a paddle steamer like those found in America in the 19th century. In fine weather, there is a clear view of Mt. Fuji.

The Hakone Sekisho

Hakone used to be an important traffic point connecting Eastern and Western Japan a long time ago. You had to go over the steep mountains of Hakone to get to Kyoto, Osaka or Kyushu from Edo (today’s Tokyo). In the Edo Period (1603-1867), the government checked all travelers and their weapons in order to protect the city of Edo. Women leaving Edo were under particular scrutiny. This was to prevent the families of warriors who were under the control of the government from escaping.

The Avenue of Japanese Cedar Trees

About 420 cedar trees form an avenue about 500 m long. These trees were planted 400 years ago to create shade for travelers

Narukawa Art Museum

This is a private art museum that house an excellent collection of Japanese paintings.

You can see beautiful Lake Ashino-ko and Mt. Fuji from the lounge and cafe.

The old Hakone Road

Shortly after leaving the art museum, you’ll notice a stone walkway about 1 km long. The government of Edo maintained and improved the road to help travelers get across Mt. Hakone-yama. You can see the scenery from the Edo Period (1603-1867) just as it was, and imagine the feeling of travelers back then.


Fujiya Hotel & Sepia Road

The Fujiya Hotel in Miyanoshita is the pioneer of resort hotels. There are Japanese and Western antique shops as well as souvenir shops in buildings that are more than 100 years old on Sepia Street in front of the hotel.