Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture prides itself as one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan. As it is quite close to Yokohama, a hosting city of the Rugby World Cup 2019, it would make a great side trip from the matches. Hakone is both popular amongst Japanese and foreign sightseers alike, due to the majestic natural beauty and serenity of Hakone’s luscious Lake Ashi, and the surrounding Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
Lake Ashi is a water filled volcano crater on the top of Mt. Hakone. From the lake visitors can enjoy a gorgeous view of Mount Fuji. Near the top of Mt. Hakone visitors can witness the volcanic gasses being released by the volcano, and eat a tasty egg that has been cooked in the heat.
Along the shores of Lake Ashi, The huge red torii gate of Hakone Shrine in the lake can be seen. The main shrine can also be spied, hidden in the dense forest sitting peacefully among the tall trees.
There are numerous ryokans and hotels in the Hakone Onsen area. Hotel de Yama is a charming hotel in the style of an old European chateau. It holds extensive gardens that offer glorious views over both Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji, and thousands of azaleas bloom around May. In the cherry blooming season in April, it is popular to visit the riverside of Miyagino Hayakawa. Situated in the mountains of Hakone, here lines of cherry trees extend for around 600m.
Kanagawa Prefecture has a wide variety of outdoor activities available to enjoy, such as golfing in Hakone or Kawana, cycling through Yokohama City, trekking over a variety of courses of varying difficulty level, fishing by the seaside or riverside, and much more!