Hakone Tourism

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.
  • How safe is Hakone for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Hakone.

    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
    • Safety Index 100 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Hakone

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.32 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.86 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 88.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.26 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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