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We don’t know about you, but we believe if we were meant to stay in one spot we’d have roots instead of feet. So why not make the most of your sweet, sweet freedom and discover the epicness of Hakone?
As you explore the city streets, you'll be sharing the footpaths with roughly 13,000 people.
Hakone is situated 80 kilometres southwest of the national capital, Tokyo, and 15 kilometres north of Atami.
If you're travelling with the whole family, trips to the Jukkoku Pass and the Hakone Toy Museum are guaranteed to be a winner. If you're hunting for a bit more excitement, Odawara Wanpaku Land and the Museum of the Little Prince are some other possibilities.
Lean your head against the glass and watch the different underwater creatures as they navigate the tanks at Hakone-en Aquarium.
After all that sightseeing, you must be about ready for a beer. This area is popular for its brew houses, so all you have to do is step outside and take your pick! If it's simply too hard to choose, the Asahi Brewery Kanagawa and the Inoue Sake Brewery are two that are up there with the best.
This destination takes its plant collecting seriously, so there are a number of places where you can go and admire botanic specimens from both local and international environments. A wander through the beautiful gardens at the Soga Bessho Bairin and the Tsujimura Botanical Garden is a must. For those travellers who are more committed, the Hakone Gora Park and Odawara Flower Garden also have some incredible displays.
If you need some respite from the commotion of the city, take off to an urban oasis like Manyo Park or the Odawara Kokian. If you're after more options, stake out the best spot and let the afternoon drift idly by at Gensei no Mori Forest or Shirataki Park.
Whether you're looking for a tour or a ticket to somewhere fun, Hakone Visitor Center is at your service! Its dedicated team of local experts will ensure you get the most out of your time in Hakone.
You'll be left speechless by the swirling spectacle of Fudo Falls and Sunset Falls. The cascading stream of water at Hiryu Falls and Chisuji Falls is also a remarkable sight.
Begin your day by observing the sun's rays glistening on the water at Lake Ashi.
Few things are as enjoyable as a nice walk along the shoreline and picking up the occasional seashell. Yugawara Beach is the place to head when you're in need of a bit of seaside therapy.
Hakone has a multitude of nature reserves, such as Great Boiling Valley and Shitodo Cave. For a little more breathing space, make your way to Onshi Hakone Koen Park and Mount Kamiyama.
If you're after a few tranquil places to collect your thoughts and maybe even discover a thing or two, you can't go past the Hakone Sekisho and the Hakone Ekiden Museum. Ask about guided tours or just study the interesting displays at your own leisure. Can't get enough? Also pencil in visits to the Hakone Village Samurai Museum and Mamoru Shigemitsu Memorial Hall.
The interesting scientific objects on exhibition at Gekko Observatory could keep you entertained for days on end. To get straight to the good stuff, you might want to check out if there are any upcoming tours.
These days you don't need to travel the seven seas to experience the many wonders of the world. You can visit places like the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History and the Monino Fureaikan instead, where an excellent variety of weird and wonderful objects and specimens are on show all in the one place.
Whatever type of art tickles your fancy, you're sure to find it in Hakone. Why not begin your day of gallery hopping at the Hakone Open Air Museum and the Narukawa Art Museum? More bright canvases and sumptuous sculptures are waiting for you at the Hakone Museum of Art and the Key Hiraga Museum.
Don't just read about history, see it with your own eyes at the Odawara Museum of Literature! Here you'll enjoy an intriguing look into the people, places and events that have left a mark on the region over the years.
Keen to know more about Hakone's history? Plan a day out at Yamanaka Castle and Tokoan Kumano Gongen. Why not also spend a little time at the Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Site and Tombs of Hojo Ujimasa?
Robust stone walls, beautiful grounds and a majestic ambience — what more could you want for that perfect postcard snap? Head out on a royal photo shoot at Odawara Castle or Doi Castle Ruins.
Are you fascinated by religion? Explore the region's relationship with spirituality at Hakone Shrine and Mishima Taisha Shrine. The Ryutaku-ji Temple and Karai Shrine also attract many spiritually curious travellers.
It's far better to reflect on your life and say, 'Did I really do that?' instead of, 'I wish I did that.' So, while you're in Hakone you should also pay a visit to some of the lesser-known sights, such as Yugawara Seaside Park and the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway. And there is also the Hakone Ropeway and the Daihakone Country Club.
There are about 64 Hakone hotels listed on lastminute.com.au. With such an awesome range to choose from, landing on that ideal place isn't going to be hard!
Whether you're on the lookout for a simple room to lay your head or one with all the extra bells and whistles, Hakone has you sorted. For good service that won't cost you an arm and a leg, book yourself in at the Fuji-Hakone Guest House (912 Sengokuhara) or the B&B Pension Hakone (1297 Ninotaira Hakonemachi). You may also want to look into the Gora Tensui and the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa. These upmarket hotels are for those who want to live a life of luxury while they're here.
Reviewed on 3 Apr. 2016
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