This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Hakone. To help you make friends with Hakone before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Hakone is in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and straddles across Yamanashi, Shizuoka, and the western part of Tokyo. This stunning part of Japan is popular with tourists for a number of things, primarily its beautiful view of Mount Fuji. Not only are the natural surroundings jaw dropping in their grandeur, they also create a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, and the destination is not far out of Tokyo, making it easily accessible. As such, Hakone is one of the most visited national park sites in Japan.
The geographic features of Hakone are numerous. Natural hot springs create spa themed hostels and hotels in the area, whilst the coastlines and lakes attract attention from those who like to be on or near the water. There are more than a thousand volcanic islands, and of course, there is the magnificent Mount Fuji. Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel Japan every year to climb Mount Fuji and watch the sun rise. The mountainous area is very popular for hikers in Hakone.
Hakone is the place to visit if you want sweeping, dramatic landscapes and a calm, traditional Japanese experience. Take the time, on your visit here, to admire the valleys and the trees, and to just absorb the simple beauty of nature. This place is meant to be enjoyed as a place to really unwind. Guest houses, or hostels, are designed to accommodate people on their travels around the National Park, and you will find many hostels here are not only great places to stay the night, but also to spend time in during the day. Most hostels are reasonably priced, although you will pay more for nicer views. You can guarantee a traditional Japanese experience in these hostels, with the possibility of learning more from your room mates.
Your experience in Hakone is bound to be an eye opening one. The beautiful sights of the National Park make a drastic, serene change from the craziness you will find in Tokyo.
Written by local enthusiast for Hakone hostelsJakob Lombardi