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.
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