Lake Ashinoko – Kanagawa | Travel Information

Boat on Lake Ashinoko

Lake Ashinoko (Also referred to as Lake Hakone, Lake Ashi), is a popular summer destination located in the Hakone region of Kanagawa Prefecture, famous for its views of Mt. Fuji and scenic cruises. Believed to have been created some 3000 years ago following the eruption of Mt. Hakone, the lake now stands in the place of the volcanic caldera and is now an icon of the city of Hakone and the Kanagawa Prefecture. Because of the geothermal activity in the area, hot springs are just one of the many things to do in the Lake Ashinoko area

While Mt. Fuji is rarely seen due to thick clouds, when the mountain decides to show up, it shows up marvelously, stunning all of those lucky enough to catch it out of the veil of clouds it normally hides in. 

Boat tours operate out of both ends of Lake Ashinoko. The Izuhakone Sightseeing Boat, or the Hakone Sightseeing cruise are the 2 services that operate on the lake. Hakone Sightseeing cruises is the more popular of the two as the cruise is operated out of a ‘pirate’ ship, and as such adds a bit of excitement and uniqueness to the cruise. The Hakone Sightseeing Cruise also is the cheaper cruise, as one way is 1000JPY, or return for 1840JPY.

Hours and Admission for Hakone Sightseeing Cruise


Getting to Lake Ashinoko can be a little challenging, but thankfully Odakyu Railways have created an easy pass that makes getting around the region a breeze. If purchased within the area of use, the price for a 2 day pass is 4600JPY, or 5000JPY for 3 days. But the pass can also be used from Shinjuku Station. The 2 day pass is 5,700JPY, or the 3 day 6,100JPY. 

The pass covers most buses, trains, cablecars and even covers the Lake Hakone Sightseeing cruise, meaning that the pass can easily pay for itself within a matter of a couple uses. The easiest way to get to Lake Ashinoko is using the bus from Odawara City, and ride until the south end of the lake at Moto-hakone. It’s covered by the pass if you take Bus line H

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