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What we love

Whether you have the energy to climb Mount Fuji, or simply prefer to relax in an Onsen in Hakone, this area of Japan offers a truly authentic experience for every type of traveller.

Hakone & Mount Fuji


The destination

Located less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo, with just 14,000 residents, Hakone and Mount Fuji are the perfect destinations to visit for a break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hakone is a mountainous town situated in Japan’s Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, with spectacular scenery featuring the iconic Mount Fuji. You can admire the views up in a sky gondola on the Hakone Ropeway, or unwind and relax in an onsen (hot springs) instead. Lake Ashinoko, formed in Mount Hakone’s caldera after it’s last eruption 3000 years ago, is also an important area to visit. With the striking Mount Fuji in the background, the lake has become an iconic part of the landscape in Hakone.

Where to stay

Tonosawa is great for those looking to relax by the river and embrace the mountains, whilst the Hakone-Yumoto and Gora areas are a little livelier with a great range of tourist attractions, restaurants and bars. A selection of our favourite hotels are listed below, however, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899430, or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip.

Who should visit

Hakone and Mount Fuji are perfect if you are interested in actively exploring the landscape or up for the challenge of mountain climbing. Alternatively, the numerous hot springs around the region offer the ultimate relaxation experience. We think it is perfectly catered for all types of travelers, whether on a honeymoon, travelling solo, as a family or part of a group.

When to visit

March-April is a brilliant time to visit Hakone and Mount Fuji, when the cherry blossom is out in force and the temperatures are pleasant. Alternatively, the autumnal months of October and November showcase the fantastic red hues of the trees as the leaves change colours with the seasons.

Passports and visas

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.


Top tips

  • After a busy day of sightseeing, enjoy a long soak in one of Hakone’s hot springs (Onsen), one of the city’s most popular attractions
  • Visit the Hakone Shrine, situated at the foot of Mount Hakone, along the shores of Lake Ashinoko.
  • Hop on another sky gondola, the Komagatake Ropeway, which offers stunning views over Lake Ashinoko and Mount Fuji.
  • If you're an art fan, check out the Hakone Open Air Museum (the first of its kind in Japan) with sculptures, paintings and ceramic works dotted around the park against a mountainous backdrop.
  • We can’t miss out the mighty Mount Fuji - Japan’s highest mountain – which stands between Yamanashi and Shizuoka and makes an excellent climbing challenge for those who want an adventure.


Local currency: Japanese Yen

Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard (most places)      

Time zone: GMT +9hours

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