Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Hakone-machi

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Tucked away on the forested shores of Lake Ashi, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu stands as one of the nation's major Shinto sites. Founded originally in the 8th century, the complex includes buildings that date back to the 1660s. The grounds feature an array of wooden structures with swooping rooftops and a distinctive black-and-red color scheme, all surrounded by dense cedar woods. Note that many dragons and dragon-like creatures from Japanese mythology adorn the interiors of the shrine's buildings, intended to protect the site from evil spirits. Don't miss the entryway of the main shrine--this red gate, just offshore in the waters of the lake, represents one of the most iconic scenes anywhere in the country. For Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and beyond, use our Hakone-machi road trip app to get the most from your Hakone-machi vacation.
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  • Hakone Shrine & Kuzuryu Shrine are two different shrines, FYI. This confused us when we visited. If you want to see the tori gate that is right on Lake Ashi, then the one you want to visit is Hakone S...  more »
  • I went to the new year. Even for already five days was too busy and didn't. ASHI-everyone was taking the pictures in the Torii in the Lake.
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  • We visit every year, but this year we removed the professed. Turnout also was just becoming Nice and could visit carefully. Amulet shop was not yet so, as soon as a little bit about it to the maiden "or padding what?" Asked, sheepishly and while "I'm sorry, still new and I know little. "Well, I trying to learn little from too much 初々shikute of Hakone shrine maiden's! The weather was sunny and breezy! Cold sore face is, but I had great visits to date. This year seemed alive and well the power spots for foreign tourists and the women's.
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  • The temple is quite small and partially under construction. It's very close to the port and one of its Torii (the big red gate) is just beside the lake so it's hard to miss. If you take a pirate cruise, it's only 5-10 minute walk from where you get off. I wouldn't say it's a must-see but you should only come if you have time to spare and haven't been to many Japanese temples.
  • Beautiful shrine with quite a bit to see. Easy to get there from the bus station by foot. Also has a lake side path.
  • Peaceful, Beautiful, Quiet Japanese style temple. You can feel the historical vibe.
  • Magical and spiritual, be responsible and respectful to this religious place. This is not a tourist zoo.
  • Not extremely exciting but something to see while you are in the area!

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A getaway close to the capital, Hakone-machi offers a good range of accommodations, with a particular emphasis on luxury and upmarket hotels. Spa resort-style hotels, often with extensive views of the iconic volcano, sit in the main tourist areas, with their spa facilities using naturally warmed waters from the hot springs around the area. The more densely populated areas to the east house a good number of simple guesthouses and hostels. Staying in Tokyo and taking day trips remains an option for many visitors.
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