Top 10 Things to do in Hakone-machi, Japan

February 14, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

Nestled in the mountains, Hakone's trains, trails, and gondolas showcase the breathtaking vistas of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, including close views of Mt. Fuji. The sulfurous steam from the region's volcanic activity fuels natural hot springs, the centerpieces of the many spas and resorts.
Restaurants in Hakone-machi

1. The Hakone Open-Air Museum

1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0493, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-82-1161
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

Art blends with nature at this huge outdoor sculpture park, where works by both Japanese and Western artists are framed by trees, grass and Mountains.

Reviewed By Mother_plusTeenager - Auckland, New Zealand

There are three components to this Open air museum, the statues out doors, the Picasso collection and the collection of small works in the gallery above the cafe. Even one is worth the admission fee, but we got all three. An absolute must do, and what made us choose Hahone as a place to stay during our short Japanese holiday.

2. Pola Museum of Art

1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0631, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-84-2111
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 616 reviews

Pola Museum of Art

Reviewed By W7927SH_

Enjoyed the rich collection of artworks.
100 paintings to demonstrate the 100+ years.
Not just the history, it shows beauty of the paintings also.
Got impressed by many of them.
Thank you very much.
Around the museum, there is a walking path in the forest.
Walked about 10 minutes.
I would recommend this also.

3. Hakone Museum of Art

1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0408, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-82-2623
Excellent
51%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 200 reviews

Hakone Museum of Art

Reviewed By gmbklm - london

Depending on time of year and interest, the pottery or the garden are worth visits in their own right.
We were lucky - saw fabulous autumn colour in the lovely Gardens. Luckily most visitors don't stay long.
Next to the cog railway station or possible to walk up the 2 stops.

4. Ruins Yamanaka Castle

Shimonosawa, Nitta, Mishima 411-0011, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 55-985-2970
Excellent
37%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 81 reviews

Ruins Yamanaka Castle

Reviewed By Marika K - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

This place can be easily reached by taking the bus from Mishima Station. There are many types of fort ruins, each with interesting purposes/ stories behind it and you can even stand in some forts. However, there are no English explanations so it may not be too tourist-friendly for those who don't speak Japanese.
People who enjoy hiking would enjoy this place as well, since there is a lot of walking and wandering around in nature.
Just make sure to bring water because I don't remember seeing a vending machine there. The only place with food/drinks I remember seeing is an udon noodle place right where you get off the bus. (And maybe bug repellent spray if you don't like bugs)

5. Mishima Skywalk

313 Sasahara-Shinden, Mishima 411-0012, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 55-972-0084
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 367 reviews

Mishima Skywalk

Reviewed By redeyeblues - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

It was nice but pretty crowded and felt a bit like a tourist trap. Nice view of Mount Fuji before the clouds started to cover it up. You can also look through the grate and see the valley down below. You probably won't need more than an hour here.
At a booth near the bus stop right by Izuhakone Railway's Mishima Station, you can buy "Mishimaru Ticket" for 900 yen which allows you to take the bus freely in the area (return bus fare to Sky Walk alone is normally 1120 yen), like to Yamanaka Castle Ruin Park 4 minutes away by bus. You can also get a set ticket for the bus pass and entrance to Sky Walk for 1800 yen (1000 yen just for admission usually) and you'll have to change that for the admission vouchers at the entrance. It takes roughly 30 minutes by bus (2 to 3 buses an hour on weekends and just once an hour on weekdays).

6. Okada Museum of Art

493_1 Kowakudani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0406, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-87-3931
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Okada Museum of Art

The Okada Museum of Art was constructed on the site of the old hotel built in the Meiji period for Westerners.The Museum has an impressive exhibition space of around 5,000㎡.This spacious building mainly exhibits Japanese,Chinese,and Korean works of art ranging from ancienttimes through to the present age,collected by the businessman Okada Kazuo.

Reviewed By Augs777 - Augsburg, Germany

I can highly recommend this Museum. Here you get a wonderful "overview" about Japanese history, especially the porcelain Exhibition is amazing.
Probably due to quite high entrance fee, Museum is not crowded, compared for example to the National Museum in Tokio. But here, presentation is PERFECT and you can fully enjoy the visit of this Museum, including a beautiful garden and nice tea house.

7. Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0522, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-83-7123
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 1 reviews

Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

A striking red gate along the water designates the entrance to this ancient shrine, perched atop Mt. Komagatake, and reachable by cable car or foot.

Reviewed By katytate13 - Houston, Texas

A short walk from where the pirate ship drops off, this shrine is absolutely gorgeous. The worship area is located up a gorgeous walk and several flights of stairs, and the iconic tori gate is on the opposite end of that walk, on the lake. There is usually a pretty long line waiting for for a photo opportunity with the gate and the lake, so be prepared to wait.

8. Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0521, Kanagawa Prefecture
Excellent
37%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 2 reviews

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

Created 3,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption, this lake is cruised by boats year round and, from its southern edge, offers the view of Mt. Fuji often seen in tourist brochures.

Reviewed By SydneySider1983 - Sydney, Australia

The boat was a lovely activity. Pay the little extra and get nice seats in first class (or you can buy the ticket on the boat)

9. Lalique Museum Hakone

186-1 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0631, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-84-2255
Excellent
37%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 232 reviews

Lalique Museum Hakone

Reviewed By laura w - Zurich, Switzerland

Fantastic museum
I love every piece, especially the perfume section with original bottles.
We had a short private tour by one of the guides at the museum. It was very helpful. She chose her favourite pieces and elaborated on them.
We also met a lovely French lady, tour guide outside that help us a lot to go around and made our trip much easier.
Thank you all again!

10. Narukawa Art Museum

570 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0522, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-83-6828
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 183 reviews

Narukawa Art Museum

Reviewed By UrsulaHans - St. Gallen, Switzerland

We went there, because the lake cruise was cancelled due to bad weather. What a beautiful small museum with wonderful art. Enjoyed it tremendously. Beautiful watercoulours, Great landscapes, Good views over the lake from the museum coffee shop.

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