Best Free Things to Do in Hakone-machi

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Hakone-machi

Best Free Things to Do in Hakone-machi

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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,910 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfortunately, as our tour was running late, we were only able to see the shrine and the torii gate from the boat. The setting, with huge trees, looks beautiful though.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • John and Deb K
    Karratha, Australia739 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On approach via the cable car the dead forests are the first thing you notice, the smell of Sulfur. Once again this is a tourist hot spot so lots of people, but it is worth the view. It is stated not to stay longer than 15 minutes due to the Sulfur. Incredible to watch all the tourists eating the black eggs. Saying is that you extend you life by seven years if you consume one of these eggs - but no refund if it doesn't work!
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • pacoman2013
    Austin, TX3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My experience climbing Mt. Kintoki may not qualify for a review as it happened in 1964. I was stationed at Camp Fuji with the Marines at the time and was invited to the climb with three members of the Japanese Self Defense Forces. The climb was a good workout. The trail was not crowded, a few other Japanese climbers. Upon reaching the top, we gathered at a small house where a woman lived with her young daughter. There we sang songs in our native tongues. It was a great experience which I will never forget.
    Written 20 December 2016
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  • Harald Gracholski
    Cologne, Germany6,898 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want to combine a visit to Lake Ashi with a little, easy hike on the lakeside then Onshi Hakone Park is your place to be. It is a serene and not to strenuous hike, maybe even walk, that I can also recommend to elderly visitors of the city. If the weather is fortitudinous you might even catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji and even if not the remains of traditional fishing villages and the calm nature will have been worth your time anyways.
    Written 30 November 2020
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  • JRP-Bkk
    Bangkok, Thailand1,592 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gentle stroll up the hill on a gravel path through the pampas grass with good views of the surrounding area .
    There’s parking nearby and a Lawson convenience store .
    Worth a quick visit .
    Written 11 October 2019
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  • skinmd
    Scottsdale, AZ105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our driver decided we should stop here on our quick visit to Hanoke .
    The place is incredibly peaceful, still and tranquil. I loved the rankan buddhas everywhere with their various shapes, sizes and expressions. Wished I could have stayed longer. I will be back!
    Written 8 September 2023
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  • Tom H
    Santa Cruz, CA383 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were staying in Moto-Hakone and took the bus to first Hatajuku to look around and then partway back to stop at the famous tea house. We had tea and baked treats at the atmospheric teahouse constructed with huge beams, and then walked along the stone walkway, the "Tokiado Highway", back to Lake Ashe and Moto-Hakone. It was steep at first and then downhill. It was a beautiful walk but especially on the downhill side we found it difficult to walk on the uneven sized rocks that paved the walkway. I think this experience is an amazing historical walk and was worth it from the teahouse. I don't think I would want to walk more because of the way it is constructed.
    Written 17 May 2023
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  • Ivan S
    San Diego, CA16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A short hike to a beautiful setting. The falls aren’t huge but they’re worth the trip! Get off the tour bus route and venture here for some relaxation.
    Written 5 June 2019
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  • Maitheng
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,028 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a pity it was cloudy and we could only see the town below and not Mount Fuji. Maybe another time. But the shrine itself has its value for its culture at the Mt Fuji look-out point. For women only!!! It is to call on to the spirits for protection and one must ask for protection by introducing oneself and perhaps to protect some special people by naming them (all in silence), ring the bell 3 times, claps the hands as loud as possible as respect and gratefulness.
    Written 2 March 2016
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  • Paul d
    Perth, Australia2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three of us bought a two day pass to see the Kanagawa area (cable car and boat trip) on the first day and the Kamakura area on the second.
    Our hope of seeing Mt Fuji was not to be as on arrival at the cable car we were told high winds had caused the cancellation of the ropeway. We took the cable car to the terminus anyway but from there we had to take a crowded bus down a mountain road to the ferry terminal - which is the destination of the ropeway. We were then informed that due to the high winds the 1:30pm ferry would be the last. It took us to the bottom end of the lake where everyone disembarked and headed for the bus stop to take us back to the train station. No extra buses were put on - the authorities stuck to the schedule and packed everyone aboard. I'm sure some people had to wait for at least an hour before getting a ride.
    The second day was excellent. We could even see Fuji in the distance from the island of Enoshima.
    My advice is to try to find out ahead of your departure or purchase of the ticket whether the ropeway is running. Otherwise there's hardly any point in going. It may be affected by the time of the year. Our trip was in early April.
    Written 15 April 2018
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  • Le Vuexre
    Germany116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love cedars and these are quite impressive. But the cedar road is quite old and there is the paved street right next to it. Unfortunately no place for spirituality.
    Written 8 December 2019
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  • Dara-Khmer
    Melbourne, Australia3,773 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stayed at the hotel and this is effectively the rear garden area. Nice outlook and great to go to sleep at night to the sound of the waterfalls
    Written 15 May 2019
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  • Garys-Tribe
    Lechlade, UK1,501 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles

    The shrine is located at the base of mount kintoki on the route you trek towards the summit.
    Access is off bus stop 549 with a 2 minute walk there after.

    The famous axe is located just in front of the shrine including some history of the famous folklore hero of the time which is quite interesting.

    Recommendations
    Visit and see a little local history before heading to the summit

    #garystribe #localguides #letsguide #mountkintokishrine #japantravel #travelblogger
    Written 18 April 2019
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  • Bob H
    Watsonville, CA818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour group were led to the upper floor where the owner talked about his craft. Our tour leader had to interpret.
    I was very impressed with the woodwork. The owner did some demonstrations on how to create different designs.
    The lower floor was a store shop. We as a group bought up some souvenirs.
    The worst part was the location. It was a fairly good drive from Hakone. But, you can stop at Amasake Chaya for a drink/snack.
    Written 2 December 2022
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