Yosegi-zaiku wooden mosaics are a traditional Hakone artisanal craft with a 200-year history. Geometric patterns of exceptional beauty are formed with elaborate combinations of woods of different species and color. Hakone souvenir shops offer a dizzying array of boxes, vases, and accessories crafted in this style.
After a stroll through town, a traditional chaya teahouse offers a welcome break. Amasake Chaya is named after its signature amazake, a sweet low-alcohol drink made from rice and other ingredients. Made today by the same method as in the Edo period (1603–1867), this sweet sake has a mild, mellow taste and is said to relieve fatigue. Weary travelers can also savor Hakone’s famous hot spring baths. At traditional ryokan inns, guests can soak away all their cares—for as long as it takes—while other onsen facilities cater to shorter daytime bathers.
Come full circle, and the shopping streets outside Hakone-Yumoto Station are lively and bustling. Visitors try the area’s famous soba noodles or pick up traditional sweets at one of the renowned shops to bring back home. Then, it’s only 90 minutes back to Tokyo on the express train. Visit again and again to discover all the seasonal faces of Hakone.
Map of the Hakone Area
①Hakone Shrine②Hakone Sekisho③Hakone Open-Air Museum④Okada Museum of Art⑤Amasake Chaya⑥Motoyu Mori-no-Yu⑦Hatsuhana Soba⑧Chimoto
Hakone-Yumoto Station is approx. 90 minutes from Shinjuku Station on the Odakyu Limited Express.
Hakone Zenzan, the Hakone Town Tourist Association official website