Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa Festival (Matsuri) Listings

Kanagawa Festival (Matsuri) Listings January January 2nd – 3rd: Hakone Ekiden Race Route 1 (Hakone) January 5th: Lake Ashino-ko pen Day Moto Hakone February February 3rd: Hakone Setsubun Hakone Shrine March March 1st: Ayu (sweet fish) Opening Day Lake Ashino-ko / Haya River March 27th: Yudate Shishimai (Lion Dance) Sengokuhara Shrine (Hakone) April April 16th – 17th: Ohiradai Onsen...

Guide to the Hakone Ropeway and other Transportation

Guide to the Hakone Ropeway and other Transportation Hakone is one of Japan's leading tourist spots. The area is blessed with abundant nature, gorgeous scenery, and many natural hot springs. The Hakone Ropeway service departs towards the open skies once every minute: The trip from Sounzan station to Togendai station takes around 30 minutes. The view from the ropeway includes the crystal blue waters of Lake Ashi, the...

Kiga Onsen Area

Kiga Onsen Area Road to Kiga is connecting Miyanoshita and Miyagino, near the starting point of the present National Route 138. Kiga Onsen, which is a source of the bath water, has a long and istinguished history. The water has once been presented to Shogun the Tokugawa family in the Edo Era. Before the great fire of 1892, it was a famous spa with many hotels. It is also known as a...

Miyagino Onsen Area

Miyagino Onsen Area With beautiful seasonal transitions in Hakone, have a great time in leisure facilities, including the natural Miyagino hot spring spa and more. Baths are filled with abundant amount of water from Miyagino river source that has healing effects on the nervous system and hypertension. Soak up some local culture and atmosphere by visiting these nearby attractions, famous...

Sengokuhara / Ubako Onsen Area

Sengokuhara / Ubako Onsen Area This area lies just west of Hakone Yumoto. Located nearby the best sightseeing spots in Hakone and the Lake Ashi Sightseeing Boat embarkation point. To get there, take the Hakone Tozan Tetsudo Line to Gora Station, and then jump on the cable car to Sounzan. Then, take the overhead cable car to Ubako Onsen. There is also a bus from Sounzan that takes 25 minutes. This...

Kowakudani / Ninotaira / Sokokura Onsen Area

Kowakudani / Ninotaira / Sokokura Onsen Area Mikawaya Ryokan is an old ryokan or Japanese-style inn located in Kowakudani of Hakone. Guests can enjoy the beautiful seasonal scenery accented by the relaxing sounds of a river from the guest rooms and the lobby's terrace. Horaien Garden is a 1-hactar garden which is situated across the Route 1 in Kowakudani. This garden is famous for azalea. Thirty thousand azalea...

Hakone town (Hakone-machi) Onsen Area

Hakone town (Hakone-machi) Onsen Area Hakone town (Hakone-machi) is an international tourist resort renowned for the magnificent views of Mt. Fuji over Lake Ashinoko. Hakone retains the atmosphere of a post-station town on the highway Tokaido in the Edo period. From the deck of the Sightseeing Ship modeled on medieval sailing vessels links Togendai Port and Hakone-machi Port or Moto-Hakone Port in 30...

Moto Hakone Onsen Area

Moto Hakone Onsen Area Being the hub of the lakeside area, Moto-Hakone can be quite crowded on weekends and during peak seasons. Even so, it is worth the visit because it has arguably the best, and inarguably the most famous, view of Mt. Fuji in Hakone. From the deck of the Sightseeing Ship modeled on medieval sailing vessels links Togendai Port and Hakone-machi Port or Moto-Hakone Port in...

Gora Onsen Area

This resort area is located at the foot of Mt. Soun. It’s a great place to check out Daimonji Yaki in the middle of August. During this time a huge bonfire is lit on the mountainside. Getting there: Hakone Tozan Line to Gora Station (Gora Station, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0408, Japan) Gora Open-Air Onsen Hotel La-foret Gora Open: 6am...

Ashi-no-yu and Yu-no-hanazawa Onsens Area

Ashi-no-yu and Yu-no-hanazawa Onsens Area These two small onsen each have a unique character, and guests are known to return time and again. Deep in the woods, Ashi-no-yu features three quaint inns, while Yu-no-hanazawa offers one place to stay higher up on the plateau. Getting there: From Hakone Yumoto Station on the Hakone Tozan Line, take a bus to Yunohana Onsen Hotel bus stop. Hakone Yumoto Station Tokai...

Tonosawa Onsen Area

Tonosawa Onsen Area If you want to experience the Japan of old, this beautiful ravine features several ryokan where you can stay. The ryokan along the river hang out over the bank so that you can enjoy pleasant views from the hot springs. It’s located about 600 meters west up the Haya River from Hakone Yumoto. Amidaji Temple is a 20-minute walk from the hot spring. Tonosawa is a good...

Miyanoshita Onsen Area

Miyanoshita Onsen Area This is another more upscale resort area located in the center of the Hakone group, just to the east of Hakone Yumoto. Miyanoshita is a classy hot spring town where many foreigners come to vacation and pamper themselves. The Fujiya Hotel and the Naraya have a long and checkered history together. At one point they were both hotly competing for foreign residents until...

Ohiradai Onsen

Ohiradai Onsen Ohiradai Onsen is a more relaxing option for those visiting Hakone. This small village is situated on the mountainside. Most people in the village used to make their living in agriculture and parquetry, but it has been welcoming visitors now for about 40 years. There are many quaint hotels and inns to stay in where you’ll see guest strolling down the streets in...

Hakone Yumoto Onsen Area

Hakone Yumoto Onsen As you enter Hakone, this bustling hot spring town offers a wide range of Japanese inns and hotels. You can stay in reasonable ryokans or the most luxurious hotels. Visitors can also wander into the many shops and stores along the streets. Hakone Yumoto is the gateway of the many hot spring areas located near Lake Ashino-ko. Getting Hakone Yumoto Onsen: Hakone Tozan...

Kanagawa Onsen Hot Springs

Kanagawa Onsen Hot Springs Kanagawa Prefectures boasts the spectacular Hakone area, just 2 hours southwest of Tokyo and featuring lofty peeks, deep valleys, clear streams and some of the finest hot springs in Japan. Hakone is close to Mt. Fuji, where there are more than one hundred Japanese-style inns and hotels, abundant hot springs, beautiful nature and museums, exciting vehicles, and other...