This amusement park sits at the foot of Mt Fuji and boasts over 40 attractions from thrilling roller coasters (boasting 4 world records), to horror rides, anime world, Fuji viewing spots, food, a resort hotel and a lovely onsen.
While it's a whirlwind tour, its absolutely possible to enjoy a day trip to the Mt Fuji and Hakone region. Head here or here for some options and here to purchase the Hakone Freepass for easy travel in the area.
As the most iconic landmark in Japan, a solid viewing of Mt Fuji can become an obsession for some. And rightly so. Even from a distance there is something almost mystical about this magnificent mountain.
Established in 1356, this charming, secluded Zen Buddhist temple features over 500 buddha statues scattered throughout the surrounding woods. For those who love to get off the beaten path and into nature, Choanji is for you.
This contemporary art museum hosts some astounding exhibitions in a sleek and serene atmosphere. In addition to the beautiful space, there is a lovely light and bright café and the forest surrounds add that touch of natural magic.
This theme museum was created to celebrate the 100th birthday of The Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It features a French-façade streetscape, European gardens, little church, exhibition hall and restaurant - all set in Hakone's natural environment.
This express viewing train will whisk you through the countryside from the bright lights of Shinjuku to the rural escape of the Fuji-Hakone region. On clear days, the majestic Mt. Fuji will also be in your sights, particularly in an observation deck seat in the front or back car.
Ranked the area’s top attraction on TripAdvisor, the indoor museum includes a 300-piece Picasso collection and the outdoor sculpture garden has over 100 contemporary works in a unique mix of nature and art, stretching over 70,000 square-meters.
While Hakone is known for its Mt. Fuji sightseeing spots, it is equally famous in Japan for its quality hot spring onsens. Staying overnight in a ryokan onsen is the ultimate weekend away for most Tokyoites. Head here for Hakone’s 10 most relaxing onsens.
If soaking in red wine, green tea, sake or coffee is your thing, you’ll love this hot spring theme park. With areas for both adults and kids, it can make for a kooky fantasy fun day, especially if the weather isn’t great.