Sacred places in Hakone

Hakone Shrine
The Hakone shrine enshrines the three gods (ninigi-no-mikoto, konohana-no-sakuyahime-no-mikoto, hikohohodemi-no-mikoto). This shrine was founded in 757AD by Priest Mangan. You can drink Ryujin (Dragon god) water that is springing in the shrine’s premises and take it home.
80-1, Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0522

Kuzuryu Shrine
The Kuzuryu (9-headed-dragon) shrine is a sacred place of Ryujin (Dragon god) faith. It is usually an uninhabited shrine. However, at the monthly festival on the 13th of every month, a ship of worship service from the port of Hakone to the shrine runs and it is crowded. In recent years, this shrine has attracted attention from people with the benefit of marriage.
110, Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0522

Hakone mototsumiya
Hakone Mototsumiya
Kamiyama (God mountain) is the highest peak of Hakone. From ancient times, faith that makes Kamiyama a sacred mountain was done at the summit of Komagatake. About 2400 years ago at this summit, Hakone Mototsumiya was opened by the Priest Sho-zen Sennin. If the weather is fine, you may look over Lake Ashi, Sagami Bay, Fuji etc.
80-1, Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0522

Hiryu Falls
Hiryu (flying dragon) falls is one of the largest size waterfall in Kanagawa Prefecture. The waterfall is divided into two stages is similar to the dragon flying, so it got its name. It is said that the ascetic monk was struck by this waterfall and cleaned up in the Kamakura period (1185-1333).
Hatajyuku, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0314

Chisuji Falls
It is a waterfall that is 20 meters wide and 3 meters high in Kowakudani, the upper stream of the Seribuskawa River. It came to be called a thousandths of waterfall from the appearance of water running down like a string of threads. Of course, you can take a minus ion drifting around the waterfall, you can enjoy Genji fireflies in about July and beautiful autumn leaves in autumn.
507, Kowakudani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0406

Tamadare Falls
Tamadare Falls
It is a waterfall of about 8 m in height and about 11 m in width, located in the grounds of the Tenseien hotel in Hakone Oku Yumoto. It is said that this falls name has given because water falling down is finely beautiful like “Tama Sudare (Bamoo Screen)”.
682, Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0311

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Owakudani (Great boiling valley) is the area around a crater created during the last eruption of Mount Hakone some 3000 years ago. Today, much of the area is an active volcanic zone where sulfurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers can be experienced. The Kuro-Tamago (black egg) is ordinary chicken egg but the shell turns black due to being boiled in the hot sulfur spring. Local tradition holds that for each black egg eaten, seven years is added to one’s life.
1251, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631

Old Tokaido Cedar Avenue
Tokaido was built around the 7th century and was maintained in the Edo period. Tokaido is the road connecting Tokyo and Kyoto. Among them, about 500 meters which continues from Hakone-machi to Honkon Hakone Park remains as a former old Tokaido cedar avenue. On both sides of the highway are 400 cedar trees, which are said to be 400 years old and 350 years old, and are protected as national designated historic sites.
561, Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0521

Instagrammable spots in Hakone

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The Hakone Open-air Museum
The Hakone Open-Air Museum was founded in 1969 to serve as an outdoor art museum that would give people the opportunity to encounter great sculpture in a natural setting. The museum’s mission is to promote sculpture as an environmental art and to bring new energy to Japan’s culture of art.
1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0407

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Venetian Glass Museum Hakone
The Hakone Glass Mori Art Museum is the first Japanese art museum specializing in Venetian glasses, located in Hakone Sengokuhara, a green area. The interior is made by imagining Venice and there are also facilities such as antique shops and cafe restaurants.
940-48 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250ー0631

Ashinoko Chaya
Ashoko Chaya which was renewed in April 2018 has a souvenir corner and takeaway corner on the first floor and a restaurant with a view of Lake Ashi on the second floor. Recommended items of this shop are as follows, En-musubi-yaki (heart shaped pankake containing bean jam), eight small dishes of colorful ingredients “Hakone Kai-un Tamatebako (Hakone Luckey Casket)”, Soy milk skin bowl, Deep fried lake smelt set meal.
6-8 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250ー0522

Other recommended spots

Pola Museum of Art
A museum where you can enjoy numerous works of art with a focus on Western paintings, such as Impressionist’s masterpieces.
1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631 Japan

Okada Museum of Art
The Okada Museum of Art holds mainly ceramics of China, Korea and Japan ranging from ancient times to the present age. It also holds mainly Japanese-style paintings of modern times and modern times. On the front of the museum, large wall painting of Wind God and Thunder God by Koutarou Fukui is drawn on 640 golden panels, and a footbath cafe is installed in front of that.
493-1 Kowakidani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0406

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Narukawa Art Museum
The Nagawa Museum of Art is an individual art museum opened in 1988. It holds over 4000 pieces mainly in contemporary Japanese paintings.
570, Motohakone, Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0522

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Lalique Museum Hakone
René Lalique (1860-1945) is a French artist of “Art Nouveau” and “Art Deco” era, primarily known as a craftsman of the objects in glass and also as a master of jewelry.
Lalique Museum, Hakone owns the collection of more than 1,500 of Lalique pieces including over 200 precious jewelry.
186-1 Sengokuhara, Hakonemachi, Ashigara Shimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan

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The Little Prince Museum
The Little Prince Museum is the world’s only museum devoted to The Little Prince. It was created as part of the worldwide celebration of the birth centennial of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The museum, which explores Saint-Exupéry’s life, also features a French townscape and European garden, set within the lush natural beauty of Hakone.
909 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631

Hakone Museum of Photography
Hakone Museum of Photography is a small art gallery quietly standing in the nature of Hakone · Gora.
Fuji of the permanent photo exhibition shows the beauty every season.
At the 2nd Floor Gallery, we hold a special exhibition of cooperating artists and exhibitions by up-and-coming photographers from abroad.
1300-432 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0408

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Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands
This unique botanical garden, which display most of the aquatic plants seen in japanese wetlands, was first established in 1976. The botanical garden is located in Hakone-Sengokuhara, 650m (2,200 feet ) above sea level.
The Garden, which was formerly a flat area containing rice paddies, is now a specially designed ecosystem consisting of man-made hills, rockeries, ponds, streams and several different types of moors. It consists of eight divisions; namely, 4 moors, a swampforest, am upland forest, a meadow and an alpine garden, whose flowers present a continuously changing picture with the seasons.
817 Sengokuhara,Hakonemachi,Kanagawa, 250-0631

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Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park
Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park is distinguished by the beauty of Lake Ashinoko, Mount Fuji, and the mountains which surround the park. In every season, those who come to the park are impressed by the grace of the landscape, and enchanted by the abundant nature. We hope that visitors to this park will explore the meandering paths, and discover for themselves why Hakone is renowed throughout japan.
171 Motohakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0522

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Hakone Gora Park
Japan’s first garden in the French style, opened in 1914 in Gora, the terminus of the Hokone Tozan railway line. French style formal gardens are usually on an expansive plot of level ground, with ponds and other features in symmetrical geometric shapes, but Gora Park is built on a slope. The wide-open space of the park, surrounded by mountains and open skies, is famous for its multitude of flowers. The park offers a range of facilities, such as the Tropical Plant Pavilion, a tea room, workshop studios, giving visitors a host of different experiences in the one place.
1300 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0408

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
It is a pleasure boat that can enjoy the scenery of Hakone from the lake of Ashinoko and connects Hakone Machi Port – Motohakone Port – Tougendai Port with about 30 minutes.