Located around 83 kilometres from the Japanese capital, at the foot of Mount Fuji, is this mountainous town of Hakone. Designated as a Geopark by UNESCO, Hakone is nature's bounty in the truest sense. The panaromic view of Mount Fuji is one to behold while going up the mountain in a cable car. There are many hot springs or onsens throughout the area, and the water is utilised by all hotels in Hakone. Lake Ashinoko is at the heart of the town, and against the backdrop of Mount Fuji, the sight is one to behold. There are many idyllic ryokans or Japanese inns found along the lakeside, which will give you a feel of traditional Japanese living. The Great Boiling Valley in Owakudani is a volcanic hotspot that will make you see that there is beauty in a formidable volcano too.
Hakone is an epitome of how the modern world has blended in with the natural beauty of the place, and the museums here are a proof of the same. These museums have not let nature come in the way of human art, instead, they have found ways that will add in to the charm of the artistic creations.
Hakone is indeed a place where you will get the best of natural and man-made world.
Essential travel information and Hakone tips for your visit
Time Zone: UTC + 09:00
Currency: Japanese Yen
Electricity and Internet: The voltage in Hakone is 100 Volt and electrical plugs have two, non-polarized pins which fit into North American outlets. High speed Broadband services are available at most hotels. 4G and 3G mobile services are commonly used in Japan.
Languages: The commonly spoken language in Hakone is close to the standard Japanese language. Communication with the older people, though, might be a little difficult as they mostly speak their native language. The younger crowd, educated in the English language, is more approachable.
- Police: 110
- Fire/Ambulance: 119
Tipping: Many people in Japan believe that good service is standard and tipping is rude. If you do decide to tip in Japan, place the tip inside an envelope and hand over the envelope.
- Simply incline your head slightly to greet someone.
- Take off your shoes when entering someone’s house.
- Don’t draw attention to yourself.
- Addressing respectfully by adding a suffix of ‘san’ is helpful.
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