Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Hakone-machi

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#1 of 293 in Nature in Kanto
Water Body Nature / Park
Filling an ancient volcanic crater, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) lures visitors with a selection of historic sites, geothermal vents, and striking views of Mt. Fuji. Pay a visit to this 3,000-year old lake to explore densely forested hillsides dotted with villages and the occasional waterfront spa. Go for a hike on the trails of the surrounding national park or tread the path of the shoguns on the 400-year old road winding its way through thick vegetation. Alternatively, try to catch a view of snow-capped Mt. Fuji by going on a sightseeing boat tour. Add Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) to your Hakone-machi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hakone-machi vacation builder.
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  • Beautiful lake with views of the Hakone shrine. 15-20 min walk to the shrine from the pirate boat harbor. Definitely worth the visit.  more »
  • The hotel we stayed in was right at the lake level.. and we had an amazing blissful time next to the lake...  more »
  • We bought the Hakone pass - which enabled us to take the Ropeway and the boat on the lake. Beautiful views of the mountains and all the surroundings. Definitely worth to take tourist boat on the lake.  more »

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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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