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Hakone

Famous for its hot springs, outdoor activities, views of nearby Mount Fuji, and overall natural beauty, Hakone has long been a favorite rural retreat from Tokyo for Japanese and foreign visitors alike. Part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone is home to the beautiful caldera lake of Ashinoko and the iconic Mount Fuji. The town is situated less than 60 miles (96 kilometers) from Tokyo, an easy trip on the famous shinkansen, or bullet train.

Iconic sights of Hakone include the waters of Lake Ashi, home to a huge set of orange torii gates; the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car that provides visitors birds-eye views of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji; and the quiet, picturesque Narukawa Art Museum, home to a repository of modern paintings using traditional Japanese techniques.

Famous for its hot springs, outdoor activities, views of nearby Mount Fuji, and overall natural beauty, Hakone has long been a favorite rural retreat from Tokyo for Japanese and foreign visitors alike. Part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone is home to the beautiful caldera lake of Ashinoko and the iconic Mount Fuji. The town is situated less than 60 miles (96 kilometers) from Tokyo, an easy trip on the famous shinkansen, or bullet train.

Iconic sights of Hakone include the waters of Lake Ashi, home to a huge set of orange torii gates; the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car that provides visitors birds-eye views of Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji; and the quiet, picturesque Narukawa Art Museum, home to a repository of modern paintings using traditional Japanese techniques.

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Hakone Ropeway

Board the Hakone Ropeway, a gondola the provides the best possible view of iconic “Fuji-san” looming close by. The gondola will take you over the Owakudani area (the “valley of great boiling”), an attractive landscape of hot springs and rivers and sulfuric steam vents, to arrive at Togendai Station on the shores of pristine Lake Ashi.

Hakone Sculpture Park

Visit the Hakone Sculpture Park, part of the Open Air Museum, one of the area’s principal cultural draws. More than 100 masterpieces by world-renowned masters of modern and contemporary art, including Rodin, Bourdelle, Miró and Moore, are on display, set within the extensive grounds.

Hot Springs

Spend an afternoon in your ryokan’s hot springs and spa. The Japanese tradition of public bathing may seem peculiar to outsiders, but the opposite is true in this country. Anyone and everyone in Japan is familiar with visiting an onsen; the idea of going to a communal bath is not just about undressing, but also that bathers remove their worries and social boundaries as they do so.

Lake Ashi

End the day at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt. Hakone. The lake’s two most photographed views are Mt. Fuji reflected in its waters and the huge, bright orange torii gates to Hakone Shrine.

Narukawa Art Museum

Explore the Narukawa Art Museum, a smaller venue with stunning views of Mt. Fuji over Lake Ashi. It features a strong collection of modern nihonga (traditional Japanese style) painting. Nihonga are typically executed on washi (Japanese paper) or eginu (silk).

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Chinsen: Diving Japan’s Atami Wreck off the Izu Peninsula.

Chinsen: Diving Japan’s Atami Wreck off the Izu Peninsula.

Author : Juanita Pienaar
Check out the luxury onsens and ryokans on the Izu Peninsula, but there is a little surprise under the waves: Chinsen, a 120-meter cargo vessel 30 meters below the surface well worth the effort for experienced divers.
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Take Tokyo Slow: Immersive Cultural Treats in Japan’s Capital

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Swordsmithing and kaiseki cooking – Tokyo doesn't have to be rushing about to see the sights; take it down a gear to experience the finer things.
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