This lovely tree flowers in the late spring and early summer and is the representative flower of the Hakone region.
The Kanji near Hakone is visible on the far hill when taking the ropeway to Owakudani hot springs. Hakone Daimon-ji yaki is one of the biggest traditional summer events of Hakone. A huge fire with a shape of kanji character “大” will appear at the hillside of Mount Meijogatake. There will be also fireworks to be launched on the day in order to live up the atmosphere of the event.
Young Japanese couples will often travel to another city and then rent traditional outfits (colorful kimono for women and solid for men).
My Sky Hole by Bukichi Inoue is one of the many installation pieces at the Hakone Open Air Museum. It’s mirrored ball, suspended high above the beautiful terrain, provides an interesting selfie opportunity.
The ropeway takes you from the top of Hakone’s cable car (from Gora) over the Owakudani sulfurous steam vents and down the other side of the hill to Lake Ashi.
We love this abstract view of a part of Naum Gabo’s piece, Spheric Theme, at the Hakone Open Air Museum.
Niki de Saint Phalle’s colorful piece stands out against the vibrant green hills of Hakone. See this, and more, at the Hakone Open Air Museum.
There are probably millions of torii gates around Japan, some of them more famous than others. This one in the center of Hakone is a brilliant vermilion color and enormous. Those are full size tour buses underneath.
The Tokaido Road was one one of the primary routes between Kyoto and Tokyo during the years when daimyo were required to travel to old Edo (Tokyo) bi-annually to pay obeisance to the Emperor. Today, one of the remaining sections of the old road is found in Hakone. While part of the road is paved, the towering cypress trees still stand to guide the path of the modern traveler.
The tunnel entrance to the Hakone Open Air Museum gives a glimpse of the art awaiting you in the expansive museum filled with contemporary installation art and sculpture. It features both Japanese and western artists and is often a highlight of a trip to Hakone.
The pirate boat road on Lake Ashi is one of the many fun things to do in the Hakone area. You board the boat at the end of the gondola ride over Owakudani hot springs and take it to the shore of Hakone Moto. Getting on the Gondola.
Sound of Wind by Takao Tsuchida is one of the many, many contemporary art pieces beckoning you into a fuller exploration of the Hakone Open Air Museum.
June is the rainy season in Japan. The sound of softly falling rain over Lake Ashi creates a backdrop for the beautiful fog-covered mountains so often depicted in Japanese ink drawings (sumi-e).
This is the spectacular view of the Gora area from the rope way.
The Hakone Open Air museum features installation art from around the world in a natural, mountain settings.
Taking the Gondola ride to Owakudani Hot Springs in Hakone is one of the many family fun activities in this tourist destination. This video shows one of the cars coming up to the boarding area.
Normally trains in Japan are as quiet as a library, so it was such a surprise to find ourselves on the party train to Hakone. Everyone was talking and chatting; it was almost like the Friday night flight to Vegas.
The view out the train window on the Nozomi Shinkansen, which reaches speeds of 186mph (300kph). We’re going so fast that the houses look sideways in the video; we’re pretty sure they are not really this slanted!