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Hakone Travel Guide  

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Hakone, in Kanagawa Prefecture, is a town in Japan. Located on the eastern side of Hakone Pass, it is situated in Ashigarashimo District. Hakone has a population of around 14,800 inhabitants.
Hakone is characterised by a mild climate with high precipitation. The climate here is much cooler than it is in Tokyo. The best time to visit Hakone is from April to November.
Historically, Hakone was a hot spring resort area for tourists from all over the globe. During the Edo period, Hakone was the town connecting the east and west of Japan. It was one of the stations operating from Edo Nihombashi in Tokyo to Sanjou-oohashi in Kyoto.  
Traditional arts, crafts and carpentry are important cultural elements while Hakone-Zaiku Maquetry, Zougan-Zaiku Maquetry and Hikimon-Zaiku Maquetry are some of the traditional Hakone crafts.

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Raye Smith
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Overall Guide : The Resporia Hotel in Hakone, Japan is located in the mountains approximately 250 kilometers outside of Tokyo. It requires a trip by the Shinkansen, a train, bus and a cable car. But, if you want to immerse yourself into the culture.... more Japanese is the language spoken with very limited English. There you will enjoy challenging trail (?) hikes (or not), see the majestic Mt. Fuji and the surrounding fumaroles, Lake Ashi, and even enjoy a day at the Open Air Museum this is a place to begin and end your day's adventures. Once you arrive at the Resporia, you change from your street clothes into the hotel's provided kimonos that you wear during the duration of your indoor stay. A new kimono and obi are provided daily. Since the hotel is built over natural hot springs, you can relax and pamper yourself in the morning and evening. Everything is provided in the gender divided spa. However, be aware these spas are a-la-natural. No bathing suits allowed. You must shower before entering the spa and there are individual showering stations where the best shampoos, etc. are provided. The Japanese consider bathing before entering and exiting the spa a luxury. After using, clean your station. Enjoy the experience it is quite wonderful! The breakfast is part of your hotel fee. It is buffet and extensive. There are western dishes, however, I recommend sampling the local fare. I only mentioned a few of the many things to do. Look up things to do in Nora and Gora and other neighboring prefectures. Have fun and take lots of photos!!
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Overall Guide : I thoroughly enjoyed Hakone and my husband and I intend on going back. We are from a mountainous area in the U.S. so Hakone was an additional treat to our tour of Japan. If you like the outdoors then this... more is the place. One day, we took a trail from the top of the cable car & hiked approximately 6 kilo. over to the fumaroles and visitors center/rope cars. An exhilarating hike over rough terrain all up hill for 3 hours. However, it is worth well worth the effort. Before you descend into Owakudani, there through the trees, you see Mt. Fuji large and beautiful! Do take the rope car. Do take the Lake Ashi tour. See the world renown shrine Hakone-Jinja Shrine. Spend another day at the Open Air Museum. It is a must! While there, if you tire and your feet need a bit of pampering, there is a mineral hot spring for relaxing your over worked toes with a nice gentleman offering towels for a small amount of yen dry off when finished. The food is fabulous. I recommend staying at the Resporia Hotel. It's built of natural hot springs.
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