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The best onsen near Tokyo

Between Mount Fuji and the Izu Peninsula, the tourist region of Hakone charmingly displays the range of its natural sites, its museums and its onsen... Hakone, the mountainous one, can be discovered and rediscovered during a weekend excursion, so close to Tokyo yet so far from its frenetic atmosphere.

  • Chokoku no Mori, the open-air museum mentioned earlier, combines nature and art for the pleasure of the senses. Hakone TĂ´zan Densha line, Gora station
  • Narukawa Art Museum. More than 4,000 nihonga (Japanese painting) works from the 20th century can be admired here. Perched on a hill, the museum offers, on a clear day, a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. It is a short 3-minute walk from the Motohakone-ko landing stage.
ChĂ´koku no Mori

Sculpture museum ChĂ´koku no Mori.


Musée d'art Pola

A l'intérieur du musée d'art Pola.


vent-temps-Fukui Kotaro

Vent / Temps (2013) de Fukui Kotaro

© Musée d'Art Okada

See Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi

The cabins climb and the egg arrives at Owakudani, a volcanic site and a potential stop for a visit amidst the nauseating fumes, for a tasting of the famed black eggs cooked in sulfur-laden water.

From Owakudani, the cable car continues, descending (when coming from Gora), to reach Togendai, north of Lake Ashi, with frequent crossings of tourist pirate boats, reveals the chrome-red torii of the Hakone-jinja shrine, breaking the motionless surface reflecting the view of Fuji-san, with its snow-covered summit from its base, enclosing the picturesque forests to the clouds.

Le grand torii d'Hakone-jinja

The great torii of Hakone-jinja

Jerome Laborde

La route historique du TĂ´kaidĂ´

The historic TĂ´kaidĂ´ road made of large cobblestones in the mountains

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Hakone and its hot springs

Finally, we cannot talk about Hakone without mentioning its many hot springs, onsen, known by the Japanese for centuries. There are no less than 17 of them! A pleasure of a heavenly experience awaits as you soak your body into the famed Hakone Onsen.

Hakone is the favorite spa of Tokyoites who regularly visits on weekends to recharge and relax away from the bustle of the capital.

Be sure to read our articles on this subject: Hot springs & public baths


The outside bath of the onsen Hakone yuryo

The open-air bath at Hakone Yuryo onsen


Hakone onsen

A relaxing break in a natural onsen!


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