Hakone (箱根) is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.
How To Get To Hakone
The easiest and the most reasonable way to go around Hakone is to get “Hakone Freepass” which is available at Odakyu Line Shinjuku Station. Not only you get discounts on the transportation but you get discounts for some facilities by showing your Hakone Freepass.
Recommended Hot Springs and Spas
This facility is quite new. There are many types of baths including indoor/open-air, saunas. Relaxation massage and restaurant are prepared for your longer stay. There is a free shuttle bus service from Hakone Yumoto station.
This one is an authentic day-trip bathing spa. There are two main buildings; Tenzan and Ikkyu. Tenzan has a restaurant, relaxing space, massage room apart from baths while Ikkyu has baths only. Ikkyu is better if you are a minimalist or want to avoid hustle and bustle.
This restaurant/cafe is located just by the Lake Ashi. There are three floors in the building; 1F Cafe (take-out) 2F Cafe 3F restaurant. Having a seat on the patio with a hot spring foot bath is highly recommended. Grab some breads (try the curry bum with a boiled egg in) and your favorite drinks, get your feet soaked in the hot water! Sometimes the water is very hot, so please be reminded.