Beautiful Hakone and Area
by Kevin Burns
Beautiful Hakone, and the area around it, is a place everyone should see at least once.
Hakone is located in Kanagawa Prefecture, about 2 hours south of Tokyo and near the mid-sized city of Odawara.
Odawara is one of the fastest growing centers for Airbnb so it is easy to find reasonably priced accommodation either in Hakone or near Hakone. It is blessed with a great castle and interesting downtown shopping area.
Nearby Minamiashigarashi, boasts one of the best hot springs in the area, Only Yu, the Daiyuzan trail which is great for hiking, and Doryosan Temple (Saijoji) which truly is one of the most beautiful in Japan.
Hakone boasts great restaurants, world class museums, and fantastic natural settings. You can even see Mount Fuji here.
To top it off, Lake Ashi even has pirate ships! Oops! I forgot to mention that the area boasts many hot springs too.
If you come to Japan, be sure to pay Hakone area a stop. You may want to stay a little off the beaten path to save some money, and do day trips into Hakone. Sometimes staying at a nearby town that is not as touristy can be a fun change as well.
Be away from the crowds, yet still enjoy Hakone.